Cornea Donation

Since 1960, Saving Sight has coordinated cornea 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.

Help us spread the message about eye, organ, and tissue donation in your community. If you haven't yet, register your choice to donate online at Donate Life America or your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. And be sure to speak with your family about your decision. 

About Cornea Donation

Eye donation is the oldest form of organ and tissue donation, dating back to the first successful cornea transplant in 1905. Over 46,000 corneal transplants are performed each year in the United States, with thousands more performed worldwide. 

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Donor Families & Recipients

The gift of sight has a tremendous effect on the lives of the donor family as well as the recipient of the donated tissue. Saving Sight offers several opportunities and resources to donor families and recipients. 
 

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Services for Medical Professionals 

Many different medical professionals work together to make the gift of sight a reality. We are committed to providing outstanding support to all involved in the cornea donation and transplantation processes. 

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A Grandmother’s Legacy Shines on Through the Gift of Sight

Janice hugs her son Garrett.Throughout her life, Janice touched those around her with her sweet and caring nature. “My mother, Janice, was a very sweet and kind woman. She was a single mother who raised me and also enjoyed spending time with her grandson, Alijah as well. My son misses his grandmother every day,” said Garrett. Janice retired from Hallmark in Kansas City after a 35-year career as a secretary. In her retirement, she enjoyed planting flowers, knitting, doing online jigsaw puzzles, traveling and listening to music. Her most treasured moments were those spent with her son and grandson.


Saving Sight Honors Eye Donors in the 128th Rose Parade

Staff at Capital Region Medical Center Pose with Teammates in Life Rose Vial Signing poster.Each year, Saving Sight works to coordinate the eye donation process for donors in partner hospitals across Missouri, Kansas and central Illinois. Saving Sight partner relations coordinators meet with the partner hospitals as the year comes to a close to honor the gifts of their donors on a national stage during the annual Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade.


Devon’s Legacy Smiles on Through His Selfless Gift

Devon smiles at the camera while sitting in the sand on the beach. Devon continued to help others in death through being an eye donor.Losing a child is heartbreaking. For Danielle, knowing her 10-year-old son Devon could help others through being an eye donor gives her a sense of peace. “Devon is really missed so much, but I know that he is happy he was able to help someone else,” said Danielle.

Devon was born with Goldenhar Syndrome. Though his case had nothing to do with his heart, he was born with fluid on his brain, extra tissue on his eye and skin tags that were removed at birth. Devon also underwent surgery at the age of 2 and had 2 rods and 6 screws placed in his back. Despite his health concerns and diagnosis of ADHD & ADD severe in first grade, Danielle said he was so smart, energetic and always smiling.