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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 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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Researchers One Step Closer to Finding New Treatment for Myopia

Kansas City, Mo. (May 11, 2017) – The millions projected to be diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness, in the coming years may soon have an option other than corrective eyewear or refractive surgery to restore their vision. According to new research presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), scientists are one step closer to developing a molecular treatment that could slow development of the condition.  

The project, led by Jody Summers, PhD, professor of cell biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, successfully isolated cells in the choroid of both chick and human eyes which have been found to produce the enzyme retinaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (RALDH2). Previous research by Dr. Summers and her team demonstrated RALDH2 to be important in controlling scleral matrix remodeling. Isolation of the cells which produce the enzyme will allow future projects to identify the cells’ type and pursue development of molecular treatments that target the cells to control overall growth of the eye.


Innovative Eye Bank Service Reduces Barrier to Entry for DMEK

Kansas City, Mo. (May 3, 2017) – An innovative approach to transplanting Descemet's membrane proves to offer efficiencies, making DMEK procedures simpler and more accessible for cornea surgeons. Preloaded DMEK graft tissue, now available from Kansas City-based eye bank, Saving Sight, is expected to open doors for many more surgeons to perform this type of transplant regionally and across the U.S.

In April, Christopher Ketcherside, MD, of the Kansas City Eye Clinic, performed his first preloaded DMEK graft surgery - a first of its kind in the Midwest. 


Eight Year Old Girl Receives Sight in Honduras

Submitted by Andy Anderson

8-year-old Honduran girl smiles after receiving glasses for the first time.Her face lit up as an 8-year-old Honduran girl received the gift of sight in March 2017. The girl had been taken to a medical mission in a nearby neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras by her grandmother due to the girl’s inability to see. After her examination, the local optometrist stated she has the eyes you would typically see in a 57 year old woman. Her lack of medical attention, poor diet, poor living conditions, poor lighting in the home, and the constant dust in the air from the dirt streets in her neighborhood undoubtedly lead to her poor eyesight. In this miracle not only was this young girl fitted with glasses that were near the prescription she needed, but they were the exact prescription for both eyes that she so desperately needed. As the glasses were placed on her face her eyes lit up and her smile radiated as she saw a world she had never seen before.