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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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.

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.