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Saving Sight is a nonprofit organization that changes lives through the gift of sight and charitable vision services. We were founded in 1960 as an eye bank in central Missouri, and today, our vision programs serve nearly 65,000 people each year. We strive to be the global partnership model for how eye banking and charitable vision services can most effectively serve people and communities.

KidSight Vision Screening Program


Our trained technicians have conducted more than 440,000 vision screenings for Missouri children since 1995. Using a photoscreening device, we quickly and noninvasively screen children ages 6 months to 6 years old for common causes of childhood vision loss free of charge, and we refer at-risk children to eye doctors for examination and treatment.

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Eye Donation

Since 1960, Saving Sight has coordinated eye donation and the distribution of corneas for transplant. Today, we operate in Missouri, Kansas, and central Illinois, and we distribute corneas to transplant surgeons in those states, the rest of the U.S., and around the world to help people receive the precious gift of sight.

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Eyeglass Recycling

Our Eyeglass Recycling Program changes lives locally and globally. We collaborate with the Missouri Lions to collect used eyeglasses, prepare them for recycling, and provide them to people in need, free of charge.

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Donor Medical Records May Hold Key to Enhancing Stewardship of Donated Tissue

New research could help Saving Sight and other eye banks more easily identify donated tissue which may be better suited for research than transplantation simply by examining donor medical records. A recent study of 12,703 cornea donors found use of certain topical glaucoma medications was associated with lower corneal endothelial cell density of donors. Cell density is an important factor in determining the best use of donated eye tissue.

By using this information to evaluate potential eye donor cases, Saving Sight and other eye banks could focus on recovering tissue for transplant which provide the best chance for successful transplants. Other tissue could be recovered specifically for research purposes to help save sight through advances in medical practice.

Saving Sight Senior Director of Business Development Patrick Gore, RN contributed to the research as a co-author. Gore said this research is exciting because it demonstrates how eye banks can leverage data to make decisions.

"This is the tip of the iceberg in terms of how eye banks can leverage donor information to make data-driven decisions and be the best stewards possible of the precious gift of sight donors give through eye and tissue donation,” Gore said.

Sight of 87-Year-Old Woman Restored with First Pair of Eyeglasses

Photo of Claudia getting her glassesClaudia loved to sew by hand. Like many women in Mexico who make clothes for themselves and their family, however, sewing for Claudia was more than a hobby. Sewing was an essential life skill. At 87 years old, Claudia’s eyesight had deteriorated to the point she could no longer thread a needle, making it impossible for her to repair clothes she had made over the years.

In the remote town of Chiltepec in Mexico’s Oaxaca region, Claudia didn’t have access to eyeglasses. There was no local eye doctor she could visit, nowhere to find spectacles that could help her get back to sewing. So when a Jefferson City, Missouri group set up an eyeglass clinic in her town, Claudia showed up hoping to get her sight back.

Saving Sight Director of Partner Relations Appointed to State Board

Michala Stoker, Saving Sight director of partner relations, was recently appointed to Missouri’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee by Governor Jay Nixon. Michala Stoker, Saving Sight director of partner relations, was recently appointed to Missouri’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee by Governor Jay Nixon. The state-wide committee assists the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in developing programs to raise awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation among the public and recommends priorities for expenditures from the state's Organ Donor Fund.