Comprehensive Eye Care

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Bennett Eye Institute is dedicated to providing preventative eye care and treatment to families across Hawaii. We offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical, and surgical services that include screening and treatment for common eye diseases, vision loss analysis, prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, and routine eye exams.

Head surgeon and founder, Michael D. Bennett, MD, FACS, is also proud to provide state-of-the-art eye care services for cataract, retina, glaucoma, low vision, sports vision, and LASIK.

Routine Eye Exams

Why are eye exams important?

Eye exams are designed to detect more than just blurry vision. Regular visits to your eye doctor are important for early detection and treatment of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, all of which can cause serious vision loss or permanent blindness if left untreated. Consistent eye exams allow your doctor to monitor the health of your eyes, provide a diagnosis and treatment as needed, and prolong your vision for as long as possible.

How often should I schedule an eye exam?

Children – The American Optometric Association recommends starting with a comprehensive vision assessment at 6 months of age. Your doctor will check for signs of eye and vision problems that may hinder development such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, eye movement ability, and eye health problems.

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Your child’s next examination should be scheduled around age 3, then again before he or she starts school. After that, the general recommendation is to schedule an exam every two years until age 18. Vision problem risk factors such as premature birth, developmental delays, family history of eye disease, or a refractive error diagnosis may require more frequent eye exams.

Adults ages 18 to 55 – Healthy adults in this age range should schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years. At-risk adults should have an exam every six months to a year. “At-risk” means you are more likely to develop vision problems if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease, take certain prescription medications, have an eye injury, or if you had an eye procedure such as cataract surgery.

Adults ages 55 and up – Annual comprehensive exams are recommended for adults in this age range, since seniors are more at risk for vision problems and sight-threatening eye diseases. Risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and medical history may necessitate more frequent eye exams.

What happens during a comprehensive eye exam?

A comprehensive eye exam includes pupil dilation and a range of tests to measure visual acuity and eye muscle movement. Your eye doctor will also examine the inside of your eyes for signs of abnormalities. Special equipment is used to screen for conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Your doctor will also ask questions about your medical history to identify potential risk factors for eye problems.

Eye Care Specialties

Cataract – Bennett Eye Institute is proud to offer laser cataract surgery in Hawaii. This modern procedure is the most precise form of cataract removal available today. Computer-guided accuracy and state-of-the-art intraocular lens implants result in crystal clear vision that lasts.

Retina- A healthy retina is essential to clear vision. As we age, however, the retina is more susceptible to damage. If left untreated, retinal damage can result in permanent blindness. At Bennett Eye Institute, we provide diagnosis and treatment for retinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal tears, and detachments.

Glaucoma – Known as the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can take away your vision without warning. Symptoms of this disease often go unnoticed, as it progresses slowly over time. Bennett Eye Institute offers glaucoma screenings, advanced laser treatment and micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) at our eye care facilities in Hawaii.

Low Vision – A person with low vision has a significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses, contacts, medication, or eye surgery. Eye diseases are most often the cause of the impairment. At Bennett Eye Institute, our team of low vision specialists can evaluate the degree and type of vision loss, recommend appropriate vision aids, and provide education on how to live with low vision.

Sports Vision – Athletic performance is dependent on good vision. From eye testing and analysis to personalized training and custom eyewear, Bennett Eye Institute offers a full spectrum of sports vision services to the people of Hawaii.

LASIK – A quick and painless procedure, LASIK is the most popular form of vision correction in the world. This popular refractive surgery is an excellent option for the majority of patients who wish to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses and contacts. At Bennett Eye Institute, we use the best laser technology to achieve your ideal visual outcome.

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What our

Patients Say

"The service here is commendable. I feel very comfortable when I’m here, and there’s progress with my vision. Always good results. Nothing needs to be improved here."


"Well worth the 3-hr drive I made to get to my first appt. I told Dr. Safi I will follow him anywhere. He’s the best. I trust him; he’s an Army doctor, and they see worse things up at Tripler because of the military exposure. And he’s always in a good mood; helps put you at ease. I recommend you guys to everyone."


"It’s almost like I was born on the day of the surgery.  This has definitely been life-changing for me. Every day I am evolving, finding out things I couldn’t do before that I can do now."

Tiaturi T.

"My provider is beyond proficient. Not only is my provider professional, knowledgeable, and caring, but actually prays with you before surgical procedures. Nothing like knowing you are in the more than capable hands of two beings."

John B.

"Wonderful office and staff. Very professional, knowledgeable and a sincere demeanor with clients. I would highly recommend their services."

Alice W.
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Contact Us



Main Office Yacht Harbor Professional Center
1620 Ala Moana Boulevard
Suite 500
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 955-0255

Mary Savio Medical Plaza
98-1247 Kaahumanu Street Suite 310
Aiea, HI 96701
Tel: (808) 955-0255 

Pro Com Plaza
94-216 Farrington Highway
Suite B2-203
Waipahu, HI 96797
Tel: (808) 671-4778

Surgery Center of the Pacific
1401 S. Beretania Street
Suite 420
Honolulu HI 96814
Tel: (808) 955-0255


77-6399 Nalani Street 2nd Floor
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Tel: (808) 329-2010 

126 Puuhonu Way
Hilo, HI 96720
Tel: (808) 935-4456


Kahului Building
23 Paa Street
Kahului, HI 96732
Tel: (808) 877-8955