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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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Recycled Eyeglasses Bring Sight to Senegal Scholar

Kadidja Aidara smiling with her new glasses in the health screening location in Bambilor, Senegal.Education can be the difference between struggling to make ends meet and securing financial independence. But poor eyesight can become a barrier to education one must overcome to see the board at the front of the classroom, write notes or read textbooks. Kadidja Aidara, a student pursuing her degree in biology at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal knows that all too well.

Throughout her life, Kadidja had maintained a strong focus in school. She studied hard, but difficulty seeing was making it more challenging for her to be successful in the classroom. Her mother took her to the eye doctor and Kadidja was prescribed glasses. Unfortunately, they could not afford the prescription.

A health screening day sponsored by non-profit Weer Africa in Bambilor, Senegal, however, changed Kadidja’s life. Doctors with Weer Africa fit Kadidja for glasses and gave her a pair of donated and recycled spectacles from Saving Sight’s Eyeglass Recycling Program.

“You could see the joy on her face. It’s very rewarding how one pair of glasses will make her life better,” said Fatou Faye, President of Weer Africa.


Saving Sight Brings Donate Life Message to Blood Donors

Nickerson High School student poses with Kansas driver's license noting her decision to be an eye, organ and tissue donor.You have the potential to save three lives every time you donate blood. That potential impact motivates more than 9.2 million Americans to donate blood each year. But as an eye, organ and tissue donor, you have the opportunity to save and enhance the lives of more than 50 individuals. Saving Sight is working to raise awareness among those who give blood about the difference they can make by registering to be an eye, organ and tissue donor.

Saving Sight recently partnered with local blood drives in Kansas and Illinois to bring the Donate Life message to blood donors. Partner relations coordinators (PRC) from Saving Sight organized the events, educating potential donors about the donation process, signing up individuals for the national registry and encouraging registered donors to talk about their decision with loved ones.

Heather Britain, PRC for Kansas, coordinated eye, organ and tissue donor education efforts with students in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at Nickerson High School in Nickerson, Kansas on November 13. FBLA sponsored the blood drive.


Saving Sight Observes National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma ScreeningNational Glaucoma Awareness Month, observed each January, spreads the word about this sight-stealing disease which effects more than 3 million Americans. Early detection is important in avoiding the irreversible effects of glaucoma, and Saving Sight will offer free Healthy Vision Screenings this month for adults across Missouri. 

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, as many as half of the 60 million people worldwide affected by glaucoma don’t even know they have it. That’s because as much as 40% of a person’s vision can be lost without a person noticing it.

“There’s no pain involved with glaucoma, and people seldom realize that they have it until they’ve lost significant peripheral vision,” said Tamara Oberbeck, Saving Sight vision screening program manager. "At that point, lost vision cannot be restored.”

Avoid the heartbreak of vision loss by finding out if you are at risk for glaucoma. Using a simple questionnaire and a quick eye pressure test, Saving Sight’s free screenings will identify individuals at risk for glaucoma. Individuals at risk can seek a full, dilated eye exam with their eye doctor to see if they have glaucoma and form a treatment plan.