Dry Eye

What is Dry Eye?

An estimated 55 million Americans have Dry Eye Disease. If you are suffering from dry eyes, look no further. Real, lasting relief is now available at Eye Center of Hawaii!

Dry Eye Disease (DED) is a chronic and progressive disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance and tear film instability with potential damage to the cornea, ocular surface, and the eyelids. Many people mistake dye eye disease for allergies, climatic conditions or just eye strain.

AQUEOUS DRY EYE

Characterized by tear deficiency, aqueous dry eye occurs when the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough of the watery component of tears.

EVAPORATIVE DRY EYE

Affecting 80% of dry eye patients, evaporative dry eye is caused by Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which creates a deficiency in the oil layer of the tear film. These glands make the lipid or oily part of tears that slows evaporation and keeps the tears stable.

Treating Dry Eye

Dry eye may affect you long before you experience noticeable symptoms. It’s important to detect and diagnose dry eye early so that we can start managing your condition. Eye Center of Hawaii is proud to offer a revolutionary approach to dry eye treatment called Lipiflow.

LipiFlow®

LipiFlow® can treat the cause of your dry eyes, not just the symptoms. The LipiFlow® treatment applies controlled heat to the upper and lower inner eyelids, while mild intermittent pressure releases oils from the blocked Meibomian glands. This painless procedure is performed in the office and takes only 12 minutes per eye. Although relief isn’t instantaneous with LipiFlow®, clinical studies have found that 80% of patients report improvement within 4 to 12 weeks of their treatment lasting for 12 to 24 months.

Schedule your dry eye exam at Eye Center of Hawaii today by calling 808.955.0255 and discover real, lasting relief!

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"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."

Veronica

"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."

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Flashes can look like flashing lights or lightning streaks in your field of vision. They happen when the vitreous gel pulls on or rubs against the retina.
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Locations

OAHU LOCATIONS

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

HAWAII LOCATIONS

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

346 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
Tel: (808) 935-4456

MAUI LOCATION

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

KAUAI LOCATION

‍4418 Kukui Grove Street
Lihue, HI 96766
Tel: (808) 245-5377

Bennett Eye Institute has been transformed into Eye Center of Hawai’i.

In 1998, Dr. Michael Bennett laid the foundation for our journey, leading us to become the largest retinal practice in Hawai’i and one of the nation’s leaders in research. However, as the landscape evolved, we recognized the need to differentiate ourselves, leading to our transition to Bennett Eye Institute. Now, as Eye Center of Hawai’i, we come full circle, reflecting our dedication to delivering exceptional care with expanded services.