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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

KidSight

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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Alla's Story

Alla smiles while holding Skippy, her Miniature SchnauzerWhen Alla was in school, she loved to play softball. Growing up in a small Kansas town in the 1920s, there wasn’t a girls’ team for her to play on. Short on players, Alla found herself playing catcher for the boys’ team. “The grandkids get a kick that grandma played on the boys’ team,” said Alla. Today, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes four children and a slew of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alla also enjoys her charcoal drawings, swimming and taking lots of walks with Skippy, her Miniature Schnauzer. “He’s so cute and looks out for me,” said Alla.


Young Woman Cares for Her Growing Family Thanks to Restored Sight

Petrona smiles in her vibrant dress after being handed her new pair of glasses.Petrona’s vibrant, hand-sewn dress stood out as she entered the eye clinic. Like many in her village, 26-year-old-Petrona sews all of her own clothes for herself and her family of six. But she was having trouble sewing because her vision was becoming increasingly blurry up close. In hopes of restoring her sight, she decided to walk to the rare eyeglass clinic in her village that was put on by a group of volunteers from the Concord Baptist Church eyeglass ministry from Jefferson City, Mo.

“Petrona was very grateful to everyone who helped provide the glasses for us to bring to her village,” said Larry, leader of the eyeglass ministry trip. “It is a great blessing for them to receive the glasses because, if we don’t come, they could never be able to afford the glasses themselves.”                         


Saving Sight and Delta Gamma Host Missouri Vision Professional Conference

Vision professionals at the conference practice screening techniques on one another.There are over 375,000 children living in Missouri who are under the age of 5. With as much as 80 percent of learning occurring through the eyes, organizations across Missouri and the country strive to prevent vision problems in young children to help them succeed in school.

Saving Sight and the Delta Gamma Center for Visual Impairments partnered to host a Missouri Vision Professional Conference on June 28, 2016 at the Delta Gamma Center in St. Louis as a professional development and networking opportunity for organizations working to prevent the heartbreak of vision loss in children.