DOHENY's mission is: "to further the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight" (Mrs. Doheny – 1947).
DOHENY's vision is to become the premier vision research and education eye institute in the world through the discovery of new knowledge, innovative eye care therapies, and the education of the leaders of ophthalmology and vision science.
In 1944, on her 69th birthday, Mrs. Carrie Estelle Doheny, wife of the prominent Los Angeles oilman Edward L. Doheny, lost the sight in her left eye. Suddenly aware of the precious and delicate nature of the gift of sight, Mrs. Doheny created and funded the organization named for her.
The Doheny Eye Institute began in two small rooms at St. Vincent Hospital in 1947. Today, the Institute is an independent, non-profit organization and has emerged as a world leader in basic and clinical vision research and advanced patient care.
Doheny stands among the top recipients of medical research grants from the National Institutes of Health, which fund 80% of all vision research in America. The Institute's research programs continually result in new diagnostic and treatment procedures and are respected internationally for the quality of research being conducted.