Discovery Eye Foundation (DEF) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to finding treatments and cures to sight-threatening eye diseases.

Our Mission

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

Our Researchers : A Winning Team

From the Morris S. Pynoos Eye Research Laboratory at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine School of Medicine, our scientists conduct innovative, ground-breaking research involving keratoconus, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, ocular herpes, glaucoma, and other sight-robbing eye diseases.


Our Board of Directors


Our History

Donors | Rita and Morris PynoosDiscovery Eye Foundation (DEF) was founded in 1970 by Rita and Morris Pynoos as The Discovery Fund after their son Jon was diagnosed with keratoconus.

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Our Founders

Rita and Morris Pynoos | Disocvery Eye FoundationMarried for 61 years, the Pynooses worked as a collaborative team with their visions constantly becoming reality.

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