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Hawaiian Eye Center Celebrates Four Decades

Serving Hawaii For 40 Years, Life Has Never Looked Better!

In October 1975, John Corboy, M.D., founded Hawaiian Eye Center with the mission of creating a first-class medical eye care and surgery center in Hawaii. At the time, local medical care wasn’t up to par with that of the mainland, and Dr. Corboy was one of the first to deliver modern outpatient surgery and high-quality service with a personal touch.

Dr. Corboy decided to pass the torch to Christopher Tortora, M.D., current Medical Director of Hawaiian Eye, in 2000 so he could shift his focus onto his Hawaiian Eye Foundation, which brings top-notch eye care to underserved populations throughout the Pacific.

Educating the public about the importance of preventative eye health was another passion of Dr. Corboy and he launched “The Hawaiian Eye Show” in 1980 on KGU 99.5 FM. The weekly broadcast, which now airs every Saturday on KHVH 830 AM and KHBZ 990 AM, has been under the direction of Dr. Tortora since 1995 and is the longest running medical radio show in Hawaii.

Today, the center operates clinics in Wahiawa and Waipahu on Oahu, as well as Hilo on the Big Island. Dr. Tortora and Steven Rhee, D.O., continue to bring a wide range of advanced services, including eye exams, care of chronic eye diseases, surgery for cataracts and glaucoma and even transportation to and from the facility for those in need.

Staying on top of eye care innovations, Hawaiian Eye has recently started utilizing a cataract removal procedure at their surgical center known as the Femtosecond laser. This laser is used in the most technologically advanced form of cataract surgery known as the “Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery.” The use of this technology allows for the opportunity to enhance the outcome of surgeries and also offers patients the ability to reduce their dependence on eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Recently, Dr. Tortora was chosen as one of Honolulu Magazine’s 2015 “Top Doctors in Hawaii” and the center was named one of this year’s “Best Places to Work” by Hawaii Business Magazine—four years running. After 40 years of serving the people of Hawaii, Hawaiian Eye shows no signs of slowing down.