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In 1947, Mrs. Doheny created and funded the Doheny Eye Institute as a center where doctors would offer advanced treatment and scientists would carry out pioneering research…

At age 69, Carrie Estelle Doheny lost the vision in her left eye to glaucoma, giving her a profound awareness of the precious and delicate nature of sight.

In 1947, Mrs. Doheny created and funded the Doheny Eye Institute as a center where doctors would offer advanced treatment and scientists would carry out pioneering research to prevent, treat, and cure vision disorders. Today, Doheny Eye Institute serves thousands of patients in and around Los Angeles and worldwide and undertakes basic and clinical research that yields vision-saving discoveries.

Carrie Estelle Doheny was married to prominent Los Angeles entrepreneur and oilman Edward L. Doheny. The Doheny family continues their support of Doheny Eye Institute. In 2015, Doheny Eye Institute formally honored the memory of another Doheny family member, Onnalee Doheny, who passed away in 2013. Onnie, as she was known to everyone, was an Honorary Luminaire Founder. The women who volunteer as Doheny Luminaires are another part of what makes Doheny Eye Institute a special place. Over the past 40 years, this group of women has raised millions of dollars to support the research of Doheny Eye Institute scientists.

The Doheny Eye Institute flourished under the care of great leaders in the world of ophthalmology, beginning with Dr. Stephen Ryan, who was known for his leadership, charisma, and visionary thinking. His impact was boundless, from Los Angeles to every nation on earth. In the tradition of Dr. Ryan and based on the principles set out by Carrie Estelle Doheny, the many doctors and scientists of Doheny Eye Institute continue their push to help patients see.

With an eye on the future, the Doheny Eye Institute and UCLA recently created a unique affiliation, becoming known for patient care as the Doheny Eye Center UCLA, with locations in Pasadena, Arcadia, and Orange County. The Doheny Eye Institute proper remains our research center and home of top entrepreneurial enterprises, including the Doheny Image Reading Center, known as DIRC. Doheny is poised for growth.