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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

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

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


An icon in a world full of icons. The BEI concept.

An icon in a world full of icons.  The BEI concept. Fashions, trends, styles.  Here today and gone tomorrow, too many are often short lived.  Only a very few concepts really stand the test of time.  In order to persevere, they need to be greater than the prevailing spirit, to withstand the test of time;… Read More


SPARQ Sensory Performance

PERCEPTUAL SPEED Training Hawaii’s Players to Perform like World-Class Athletes Superhuman, out-of-this-world, unbelievable; these are the words reserved for the most spectacular of athletic feats. For a few years now, researchers have been zeroing in on the magic that allows special athletes to seemingly defy nature with uncanny anticipation, jaw-dropping blind passes, and astoundingly accurate… Read More


Bennett Eye Institute’s Founder Nationally Recognized for “Bionic Eye”

Dr. Michael Bennett Only Private Sector Surgeon Selected Nationwide. Dr. Michael Bennett MD, FACS, founder of The Bennett Eye Institute, 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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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

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


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April is Sports Eye Safety Month, and were here to remind you that your eyes deserve protection in all of lifes games. Whether youre a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, we have the protective solutions to keep you in the clear. 🏈🕶️ #SportsSafety #ProtectYourEyes #BennettEyeInstitute #LoveLife

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, and we're here to remind you that your eyes deserve protection in all of life's games. Whether you're a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, we have the protective solutions to keep you in the clear. 🏈🕶️ #SportsSafety #protectyoureyes #bennetteyeinstitute #lovelife ... See MoreSee Less

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In celebration of World Health Day, were shining a light on the integral role of eye health in your overall wellness. Regular eye exams are key to catching not only vision issues early but can also even be the first sign of other health concerns. Schedule your eye exam at any of our seven locations across the islands.  🌎👁️ #WorldHealthDay #EyeExamEssentials #BennettEyeInstitute #LoveLifeImage attachment

In celebration of World Health Day, we're shining a light on the integral role of eye health in your overall wellness. Regular eye exams are key to catching not only vision issues early but can also even be the first sign of other health concerns. Schedule your eye exam at any of our seven locations across the islands. 🌎👁️ #WorldHealthDay #eyeexamessentials #bennetteyeinstitute #lovelife ... See MoreSee Less

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🌑✨  Were gearing up for an awe-inspiring celestial event - we can view a partial solar eclipse across the islands on April 8th! While its a rare and exciting moment, its crucial to protect your eyes. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage. Use eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard, consider pinhole projectors as an alternative method for indirect viewing, and remember, regular sunglasses don’t offer sufficient protection against the sun’s rays during an eclipse. 🌌🔭 #SolarEclipse2024 #EyeSafety #EclipseGlasses #ProtectYourEyes #AstronomicalEvent #BennettEyeInstitute #LoveLife

🌑✨ We're gearing up for an awe-inspiring celestial event - we can view a partial solar eclipse across the islands on April 8th! While it's a rare and exciting moment, it's crucial to protect your eyes. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage. Use eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard, consider pinhole projectors as an alternative method for indirect viewing, and remember, regular sunglasses don’t offer sufficient protection against the sun’s rays during an eclipse. 🌌🔭 #SolarEclipse2024 #EyeSafety #EclipseGlasses #ProtectYourEyes #AstronomicalEvent #BennettEyeInstitute #LoveLife ... See MoreSee Less

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Think eating carrots is the secret to impeccable vision? Guess again! 🥕 We’re all about eye health, but let’s get one thing straight - our dedication to your vision is no laughing matter. Dive into real eye care with us. 🕶️ #AprilFools #NoJoke #EyeHealthMatters #Bennetteyeinstitute #LoveLife

Think eating carrots is the secret to impeccable vision? Guess again! 🥕 We’re all about eye health, but let’s get one thing straight - our dedication to your vision is no laughing matter. Dive into real eye care with us. 🕶️ #AprilFools #NoJoke #EyeHealthMatters #Bennetteyeinstitute #LoveLife ... See MoreSee Less

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🐰🌼 Hoppy Easter from our practice to all our wonderful patients! Wishing you a joyful and clear-sighted holiday! 🌸👀 #EyeCare #HappyEaster #VisionHealth #BennettEyeInstitute #LoveLife

🐰🌼 Hoppy Easter from our practice to all our wonderful patients! Wishing you a joyful and clear-sighted holiday! 🌸👀 #eyecare #happyeaster #visionhealth #bennetteyeinstitute #lovelife ... See MoreSee Less

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Wave goodbye to winter and embrace the thrill of spring adventures 🌴✈️! Recent findings from RSC highlight a pivotal insight: 50% of adventurers are held back from fully enjoying activities like water sports due to the inconvenience of glasses or contacts. 😎  🏖️ Plus, a significant 55% agree that having clear, unaided vision could profoundly enhance their travel experiences. How much could clear vision transform your adventures? 🌍💬 #ClearVision #AdventureReady #SpringTravels #RSCSurvey #BennettEyeInstitute #LoveLife

Wave goodbye to winter and embrace the thrill of spring adventures 🌴✈️! Recent findings from RSC highlight a pivotal insight: 50% of adventurers are held back from fully enjoying activities like water sports due to the inconvenience of glasses or contacts. 😎 🏖️ Plus, a significant 55% agree that having clear, unaided vision could profoundly enhance their travel experiences. How much could clear vision transform your adventures? 🌍💬 #ClearVision #AdventureReady #SpringTravels #rscsurvey #bennetteyeinstitute #lovelife ... See MoreSee Less

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1620 Ala Moana Boulevard
Suite 500
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 955-0255

Mary Savio Medical Plaza
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Aiea, HI 96701
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Waipahu, HI 96797
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Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Hilo, HI 96720
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Kahului Building
23 Paa Street
Kahului, HI 96732
Tel: (808) 877-8955