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Discovery Eye Foundation

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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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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

The Discovery Eye Foundation has played a key role in so many of my patient's lives-- Particularly those with keratoconus and macular degeneration. The sight saving research that DEF has supported for over 40 years has been very important to those with corneal and retinal diseases.