Since 1984, Hawaiian Eye Foundation’s volunteer ophthalmologists have conducted regular, sight-saving surgery and training expeditions to developing Pacific Basin countries.
Expeditions usually last up to two weeks, and provide: eye screenings for 300 to 500 patients; major and minor eye surgeries for 50 to 150 patients; training for local eye care practitioners; and eye drops, reading glasses, sunglasses, and other supplies.
We sponsor, or support in partnership with other organizations, humanitarian eye care expeditions to the South and Central Pacific, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere in the Pacific Basin.
Tonga was our first, and remains one of our
most popular and successful expedition destinations. Our volunteers
have provided eye care and training in Tonga since 1984.
See Tonga News and Photo Gallery » Tonga News and Photo Gallery
Fiji is visited regularly, and we have helped to build a clinic there in the village of Taveuni.
See Fiji Gallery » Fiji Gallery
Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) is visited regularly, and eye surgery has been provided on the islands of Upolu and Savaii to islanders who have no access to eye care.
See Samoa Gallery » Samoa Gallery
Republic of Kiribati is visited regularly, and eye surgery has been provided on Christmas Island to islanders who have no access to eye care.
See Republic of Kiribati Gallery » Kiribati Gallery
Republic of Palau was visited in March 2011 at the invitation of the Ministry of Health.
See Republic of Palau Gallery » Palau Gallery
Thailand is visited in partnership with People Eye Care Foundation, restoring vision to cataract and diabetic patients.
See Thailand Gallery » Thailand Gallery
Hawaiian Eye Foundation Expeditions and Trainings Schedule 2011 – 2012 » View Schedule