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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 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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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.

Introducing the 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Saving Sight is pleased to welcome four new people to its Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Board members are key to the organization’s success. They actively participate in long-range planning and secure financial resources to support sight-saving programs such as KidSight and cornea donation & transplantation. As highly visible members of their communities, the board members also enhance Saving Sight’s public standing by sharing the mission, accomplishments, and goals with Lions clubs, the general public, and other partner organizations.

“Our board members provide crucial oversight to help us achieve our goals," said Lion Tony Bavuso, chief executive officer. "We are able to change more lives by saving sight through their engagement and support."

Active Family Man Carries on his Legacy in Helping Others

Rick was an active family man who continued to give in death as an eye, organ and tissue donor. Here is pictured at the Red Rocks.Rick enjoyed having a good time in all he did. He was also a good steward and gave his time freely to help others and loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchild. Rick lived an active lifestyle, was a gifted craftsman and an excellent athlete. He had given up basketball the year prior when he had heart surgery, but continued to play volleyball and golf until he passed away at age 61. Rick was a sports car enthusiast, an active deacon and church youth leader, and had served in the Missouri Army National Guard.

“He’s just a great guy gone way too soon,” said his wife Theresa.

Rick passed away of a heart attack during a volleyball game in 2014. “It was very hard on his teammates – they performed CPR – but I was very thankful he was not by himself,” said Theresa. Because living an active lifestyle was so important to Rick, he and his wife had talked about organ donation and end-of-life-care.