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Causes: Health

Mission: The Discovery Eye Foundation supports research related to sight-threatening eye diseases and their treatments, improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

Target demographics: people with sight-threatening eye diseases

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: We fund research into sight-saving therapies and potential cures.

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108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Discovery Fund is an important organization focused on research of eye diseases. In our aging demographic we will all benefit from the research carried out by TDF. The benefit to people in the beginning of their lives, young people, is also life altering.
My husband had shingles very close to his eye. His treatment as researched by TDF alleviated his illness and prevented eye damage. Friends with macular degeneration are benefiting from TDF research as are patients with kerotatonis (sp). This is a forward-looking and well-run organization doing work crucial to the advancements in treatment of eye disease.

KAJameson

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Discovery Eye Foundation (DEF) is an excellent choice if you're interested in supporting a nonprofit on the frontline of cutting-edge vision research. Over the years DEF medical professionals and research teams have shown great success advancing vision science across the entire range of inquiry from basic retina research theories to applications that actually help people with serious eye diseases. They are committed to research excellence and have a proven track record of great research achievements, and typically return many times over the value of support invested with targeted scientific results.

Donor

Rating: 5

They have helped our family through research in macular degeneration.
Their research in mitochondria may save countless lives from terrible diseases.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Discovery Eye Foundation since its founding over 45 years ago.
It has consistently delivered on its promises to help find new treatments for sight threatening eye diseases, including keratoconus, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, retinopathy of prematurity and age related macular degeneration. They have supported cutting edge research in all these fields. One great example--Dr. Henry Klassen at UC Irvine has developed with DEF's support a human retinal stem cell therapy for retinitis pigmentosa that is undergoing an FDA Phase 2b clinical trial. If found effective and safe it will be the first really effective therapy for retinitis pigmentosa. It could also offer therapy for glaucoma and age related macular degeneration in the future.
I have been proud to serve on its Board.

Melissa J.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DEF research has been very impressive, website has been helpful and informative.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Discovery eye foundation really help general public enrich the knowledge regarding eye diseases. Discoveries from their eye research, the treatments had been improved and more effective years after years. Thank you Discovery Eye Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Discovery Eye Foundation has provided me and my family with so much great information about eye health. Their website and social media are wonderful sources for all things eye! I also like that they support research. How are else are we going to find cures and causes?

Board Member

Rating: 5

Discovery Eye Foundation (DEF) has been supporting research on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and keratoconus (KC) for over forty years. The DEF supported researchers have made tremendous contributions to moving forward our knowledge on what causes these diseases and how to treat them. This foundation really exemplifies how an individual donor can help improve how patients are diagnosed and treated. They do a terrific job!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Discovery Eye Foundation is an excellent organization that provides education and support for people with vision problems. They also support novel, exciting eye research in different laboratories around the country. This organization has been around for over 30 years and has help thousands of people with age-related macular degeneration and keratoconus.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their research has always been in fore front. They have helped many people with their research and educational programs

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

As you know, Medicare refuses to pay contact lenses, even if they are deemed medically necessary, even if wearing them is?the only way I can see.

Ween I went to your organization for assistance, I was?told that there is absolutely nothing you can do to helo. Hell, your group refused to even try!

Jane B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with Keratoconus when he was in college. I had never heard of it and there was not much literature on it. I found the Discovery Eye Foundation on the net and was able to educate my son and myself on the condition. The foundation continues to keep us updated on the progress being made and gives up to date information about how to treat the disease. We are very grateful to all associated with this foundation.

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to Discovery Eye Foundation's blog by someone who understood that their information would be helpful to me. I have a family member dealing with macular degeneration, and I was just looking for information and people to talk to. Their staff is incredibly compassionate, resourceful, and informative, and I'm greatly appreciative for all of the help they've provided me with!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Discovery Eye Foundation supports eye research for blinding eye diseases. Its efforts in keratoconus and macular degeneration eye research make the Discovery Eye Foundation a critical component in progressing against these blinding diseases. These innovative research areas include stem cell retinal regeneration, age related macular degeneration genetics, and corneal transplantation and scarring. The Discovery Eye Foundation's work is vitally important to the understanding of the health of the eye. Its website www.discoveryeye.org is a valuable resource for people dealing with eye disease. This is an exceptional organization which deserves the highest praise and support.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Discovery Eye foundation is unique amongst non-profits in how many people they help in relation to how many people they are. I have rarely seen any organization where their people are so hard working and have such a deeply rooted personal interest in what they do. Truly a stellar organization with stellar individuals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have seen DEF grow over the years and they provide a great source of information and comfort for those suffering with eye disease. They sponsor ground-breaking research into the source of many of these aliments and provide patients with support and clear information to help them manage or treat their disease. It's amazing to see such good work produced by their small, but dedicated staff.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was first referred to Dr. Anthony Nesburn, Medical Director for the DEF, as a result of his expertise, both clinically and in the field of ophthalmic research specific to my medical needs. Continuing as his patient for over forty years, I have been the beneficiary of both his wisdom and compassion. Throughout this time, I've witnessed the unwavering devotion he has demonstrated not only to his own research, but in his support of the research of others through the Foundation.
On a separate note, my family and friends have suffered from the impacts of both AMD and Keratoconus.
The community outreach the Foundation affords those suffering with these serious eye conditions
is so very important.
It has been my privilege to offer financial support for the last several years to an organization accomplishing much in different arenas.

Nancy216

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the years, 30 to exact, I have watched Discovery Eye Foundation blow the lid off off of so many unsolvable problems! From Keratoconis, to mitochondria genetics, Ocular herpes, Potassium osmosis, and a subject close to my eyeballs, pterigum.

All kidding aside, these researchers are leading scientists who care about everyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

Do great work. Are starting to produce some very important discoveries that will not only save lives but allow thousands of people such as my father in law to see.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was a patient of Dr. Anthony Nesburn, when I presented with a challenging corneal problem. His compassion, expertise, conservative approach and overall care were exemplary. I since learned about the foundation he supports, and have been a donor - and passionate fan - ever since, in support of the foundation's good works, Dr. Nesburn's selfless service, and their goals.

In my professional life, I am CEO of a non profit organization - and I've served in similar capacities for over 30 years. The Discovery Eye Foundation is an incredible organization, from all perspectives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NKCF has helped me gain insight to my son's keratoconus. I rely on it to keep me updated among other sources.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The National Keratoconus Foundation Newsletter has been a hugely helpful resource for us in keeping informed about developments in the study and treatment of Keratoconus.