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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 more than 100,000 people worldwide 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 500,000 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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Corneal Transplant Allows Truck Driver to Keep Driving

Thanks to the generosity of a donor and their family, Larry received the gift of sight through a corneal transplant in October 2015 to correct his vision and allow him to continue his occupation as a truck driver. Imagine the murkiness and cloudiness of a pool that doesn’t have a filter. Try as you might, you can’t get a crisp glimpse of what’s underneath the surface. For Larry, the cloudiness in his eye was like that. Everything was getting cloudy and blurry, making it difficult to see. And, as a career truck driver, clear vision and a good bill of health are critical to the livelihood of Larry’s family.

California Boy Scout Collects Eyeglasses for Eagle Service Project

Curran and his little brother Luke spent over 4 hours sorting, cleaning and reading the donated glasses at Dr. Christensen's office in Southern California.To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, a young man must complete an Eagle Scout Service Project that demonstrates leadership while benefiting the community. Curran Hendrickson did just that when he partnered with a local optometrist in California and Midwestern-based nonprofit Saving Sight to recycle eyeglasses for those in need.

“I wanted to do this project because one of my friends had done a project similar to this and I was glad to try to help others gain better sight,” said Curran.

Saving Sight Operations Update at the MD26 Council of Governors Meeting

Saving Sight’s CEO Tony Bavuso delivering a report at the Lions MD26 Council of Governors meeting on January 18.

On Saturday, January 18, Saving Sight’s CEO Tony Bavuso delivered a report at the Lions MD26 Council of Governors meeting, encouraging the group to provide continued support to KidSight.

The program is positioned for major growth with a goal to screen many more Missouri children in the short term. However, in order to realize and resource that goal the organization must raise additional funds for operational growth.

Bavuso urged attendees at Saturday’s meeting, as well as a smaller group of advocates at a meeting on Friday, to extend the legacy that Lions created in starting our eye bank in 1960 to growing KidSight into the future. If you’d like to make a donation in support of KidSight, please visit www.circleofsight.org.