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New FDA Approved Procedure to Lower IOP for Glaucoma Patients.

New FDA Approved Procedure to Lower IOP for Glaucoma Patients.

Bennett Eye Institute and Dr. Farhad Safi became the first ophthalmology practice and physician in Hawaii to perform a procedure using the FDA approved DURYSTA™ bimatoprost implant for glaucoma patients. Dedicated to bringing the most advanced technology to the patients of Hawaii, Bennett Eye Institute and Dr. Farhad Safi became the first ophthalmology practice and physician in Hawaii… Read More


Retina Institute of Hawaii’s OD Provides Optometric Humanitarian Work: Dr. Kellen Kashiwa Completes His 6th Medical Mission

Retina Institute of Hawaii’s OD Provides Optometric Humanitarian Work: Dr. Kellen Kashiwa Completes His 6th Medical Mission

Becoming a doctor takes hours of educational preparation and financial sacrifices. It also takes passion. Born and raised in Hawaii, Doctor Kellen Kashiwa of the Retina Institute of Hawaii concentrated his optometry studies in low-vision and retinal disease at Pacific University College of Optometry. During his first year of optometry school, Dr. Kashiwa was introduced… Read More


Retina Institute of Hawaii’s CFO Completes 135 Mile Run for Hungry: Paul Sibley runs in memory of Trevor Sims

Retina Institute of Hawaii’s CFO Completes 135 Mile Run for Hungry: Paul Sibley runs in memory of Trevor Sims

While the doctors at Retina Institute of Hawaii have consistently been recognized for awards, the supporting team makes amazing contributions as well. Paul Sibley, Chief Financial Officer, completed a 135-mile run from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to honor the memory of a little boy whose last wish was to feed the hungry. So what… Read More


Retina Institute of Hawaii’s Founder Nationally Recognized for “Bionic Eye” Dr. Michael Bennett Only Private Sector Surgeon Selected Nationwide

Retina Institute of Hawaii’s Founder Nationally Recognized for “Bionic Eye” Dr. Michael Bennett Only Private Sector Surgeon Selected Nationwide

Dr. Michael Bennett MD, FACS, founder of The Retina Institute of Hawaii, has been named one of thirteen prestigious surgeons across the United States to conduct the procedure for the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System.  The Argus II (also called the “bionic eye”) is an implantable visual prosthetic and was selected in 2013 CNN’s Top… Read More


Retina Institute of Hawaii Participating in Day of Giving: Vision

Retina Institute of Hawaii Participating in Day of Giving: Vision

The Retina Institute of Hawaii is proud to be a part of Surgicare of Hawaii’s “Day of Giving” on May 11, 2013. Dr. Karl E. Waite, MD and Sara Lynn Doolin, RNFA are pioneering the initiative on behalf of Retina Institute of Hawaii and Hawaii Cataract and Laser Institute by performing FREE surgeries at Surgicare… Read More


ARGUS II Retinal Prosthesis System Receives FDA Approval

ARGUS II Retinal Prosthesis System Receives FDA Approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Ophthalmic Devices Panel recently reviewed and approved the groundbreaking ARGUS II Retinal Prosthesis System. Manufactured by Second Sight Medical Products, Inc., the device will allow partial vision restoration to patients who are blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). This is the first treatment for this condition that is… Read More


Michael Bennett, MD, FACS Appointed to Serve on U.S. FDA Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel

Michael Bennett, MD, FACS Appointed to Serve on U.S. FDA Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel

Dr. Michael D. Bennett, founder and president of Retina Institute of Hawaii, recently served on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel. Appointed in 2012, Dr. Bennett was part of a 23-member panel that has expertise in retinal disease, low vision, electrophysiology and other specialties. Panel members included doctors from Washington,… Read More


Patient Receives Hawaii’s First Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration by Retina Institute of Hawaii

Patient Receives Hawaii’s First Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration by Retina Institute of Hawaii

A team of surgeons from Hawaii, Dr. Michael Bennett of Retina Institute of Hawaii and Dr. Michael McMann of McMann Institute, has successfully implanted the FDA-approved eye telescope, a first in Hawaii, at one of the leading medical centers in Honolulu. The first-of-kind telescope implant is integral to CentraSight™, a new patient care program for… Read More


Hawaii’s First IMT Patient Receives the Gift of Sight

Hawaii’s First IMT Patient Receives the Gift of Sight

On January 10, 2012, Merrill Smith underwent the first IMT surgery in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since then, he has been working on his vision and training with Dr. Kellen Kashiwa bi-weekly in Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island. Prior to receiving the telescope implant, Smith was nearly blind. His vision has improved remarkably from 20/200 to 20/80… Read More


Preventative Measures

Preventative Measures

Many people slather on sunscreen before hitting the waves but don’t give a thought to eye protection while in the water. Chronic sun exposure can lead to a common eye condition called pterygium, a noncancerous growth on the cornea that can affect vision. Surfers and others who spend a lot of time outdoors and in… Read More


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