Hawai‘i's Retina Center

Diseases of the retina and vitreous rob thousands of adults of their eyesight each year. The Pali Momi Retina Center, founded in 1993, is the state's first comprehensive clinical and research center dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous.

Thanks to advances in treatment, many blinding retinal conditions are now treatable, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which are the leading causes of vision loss in Hawai‘i.

The Retina Center Offers Treatment for:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy 
  • Macular hole
  • Macular pucker (wrinkled retina)
  • Retinal detachment 
  • Complications of cataract surgery
  • Dislocated lenses and implants
  • Proliferative vitreoretinopathy
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Posterior segment trauma
  • Retinal vascular diseases
  • Macular edema
  • Intraocular tumors
  • Hereditary retinal degenerations
  • Posterior segment uveitis
  • Systemic diseases with retinal manifestations

This highly specialized center provides state-of-the-art treatment in a warm and caring setting. The program attracts patients from across the state, as well as the Pacific region and continental U.S.

The Center is directed by ophthalmologist Gregg T. Kokame, M.D., one of Hawai‘i's leading medical and surgical management specialists in retinal disease.

For Appointments

Have your physician call (808) 487-8928 to make an appointment. To schedule patients for electrophysiology testing, please call (808) 485-4240.

Patients will be seen in suite 470 of Pali Momi Medical Center's Medical Office Building (makai tower).

Internationally Recognized Research Facility

The past decade has been a time of remarkable advances in retinal diagnostic testing and therapeutic intervention in the field of retinal diseases. The Pali Momi Retina Center participates in national clinical trials to evaluate new and innovative treatments for sight-threatening retinal diseases, providing Hawai‘i residents with the latest treatment available.

Research projects have led to numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings. The Center has aggressively pursued research for advances in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular hole surgery, and management of dislocated lens implants.

Retina Research Fellows

One of the most important and enjoyable things we do at The Retina Center is assisting in the future careers of medical students and interns from the University of Hawai‘i programs in ophthalmology, as well as training interns and retina research fellows, helping them progress in their careers.

Diagnostic Services

The Retina Center is equipped with the latest technology for diagnosing retinal problems:

  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – high definition imaging of the retina
  • Fundus Photography
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Computerized Digital Angiography
  • Indocyanine Green (ICG) Angiography
  • A and B Scan Ultrasonography
  • Standardized A Scan for ocular tumor evaluation
  • Electroretinography (ERG)
  • Electro-oculography (EOG)

Treatment of Retinal Problems

Surgical and clinical treatments include:

  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Pars Plana Vitrectomy
  • Diabetic Vitrectomy
  • Macular Degeneration Management
  • Implant Repositioning
  • Lens Fragment Removal
  • Retinal Detachment Repair
  • Endophthalmitis Management
  • Macular Hole/Pucker Surgery
  • Subretinal Surgery
  • Slit-lamp Laser/Endolaser/Indirect Laser

The Retina Center's surgical team is specially trained and experienced to assist in complex vitreous procedures. The Center's dedicated operating suite is also specially designed and equipped with the latest vitreoretinal technology.

  • Vitreoretinal surgical suite
  • Hawai‘i's first Photodynamic Therapy laser suite
  • Multi-wavelength lasers with slit lamp, endolaser and indirect ophthalmoscopic delivery systems
  • State-of-the-art video and photographic capabilities of vitreoretinal surgery for educational purposes
  • Wide-screen surgical imaging for research and education