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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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Long-time Volunteers Host Vision Screenings at Jefferson City Library

Lions Janice and Billy Bonnot pose in their Lions vests.Lions Billy and Janice Bonnot embody the call to be knights of the blind through their dedicated volunteerism. The Bonnots are members of the Jefferson City Host Lions and have been avid supporters and volunteers of Saving Sight’s KidSight and Eyeglass Recycling Program for more than ten years.

“For people to get involved I think they need to see a screening, visit Saving Sight and have a good mentor. When you get that good start you get that encouragement and passion to carry on,” said Billy.

The Bonnots have helped with KidSight vision screenings at schools and daycares in the Jefferson City area since Janice joined the Lions in 1999. “We think KidSight is such an important program because we do screenings for children 6 months to 6 years and kids learn so much during that timeframe – part of learning is being able to see well,” said Janice.


Corneal Transplant Enables Business Manager to Continue Working

Photo of cornea recipient, SteveAs a manager, husband, father and grandfather, Steve was missing out on seeing many things in life. As his vision worsened, he thought he might need a stronger prescription. When Steve went to the eye doctor in 2012, they determined he had an eye condition called Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy.

“When my doctor told me I had Fuchs’ I didn’t know much about it and went back home to read up on it,” said Steve. Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy is a hereditary eye disease that causes vision to worsen as an inner layer of the cornea deteriorates. If left untreated, one can lose sight in that eye.

Over a 5 year period, Steve’s eyesight declined, causing him to lose the ability to read normal print. Driving at night also became a challenge for him. “I had lost a lot of that visual acuity,” said Steve.

As an office manager, Steve’s work requires a lot of reading and time on the computer. The decision was made for Steve to have a corneal transplant in 2015. “I thought it important to go ahead with surgery and thought it was important to do it to keep my level of performance at my job. It made a big difference,” said Steve.


A Father’s Legacy Lives on in Helping Others

Kevin looks out over his field of cattle.Throughout his life, Kevin was always fixing things, his daughter Lindsey recalled. It seems fitting that even in his passing, Kevin was able to help fix someone’s failing sight as a cornea donor.

Kevin’s decision to give the gift of sight as a donor was a natural one. “He had always been an organ donor,” said Lindsey. However, her father thought that he might not be able to be a donor due to the severity of cancer that eventually took his life. His family was thankful that was not the case and Kevin’s wishes could be fulfilled, allowing him to provide the gift of sight to two individuals.

The legacy that her father left in giving to others through donation has helped to bring comfort to Lindsey and her three siblings. Lindsey has had the opportunity to share about her father and his love of nature and the Colorado mountains with one of his corneal transplant recipients via Saving Sight’s correspondence program. She was touched to learn how her father's gift was able to restore another's vision to enjoy the beauty of nature that Kevin had also treasured.