Optometrists in Hawaii, Vision and Eye Care (HI Optometry)
Find a Hawaii Optometrist right for you.
Optometrists (OD) are health care professionals who examine, diagnose, and treat diseases and disorders of the eye. In HI there are 141*
or more actively practicing. Regular responsibilities of an Optometrist
- Performing eye exams for vision and health problems
- Prescribing and fitting corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Prescribing eye medications
Eye conditions Optometrists commonly treat:
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is an eye condition that inhibits clear vision from far away.
About 318,799* people will visit Optometrists for vision obstructed by myopia.
By 2020, it is estimated that there will be 2.5 billion people in the world, and approximately 482,865* in Hawaii with nearsightedness.
Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or Refractive surgery.
Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is the opposite of myopia, patients have difficulty seeing up close, but clear vision far away.
There are approximately 280,543* cases of people having hyperopia in Hawaii.
Over half the people with farsightedness are above the age 65. Hyperopia, like myopia, is most frequently treated with corrective lenses or refractive surgery.
Presbyopia is the natural loss of your eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects.
This is an age related condition, usually developing after age 40.
1 in 11, about 140,271* people in Hawaii now have their vision compromised by presbyopia.
Difficulty reading is the most common early warning sign used to detect presbyopia.
Text seems to have less contrast and must be well lit, and held further away to see clearly.
There are about 590 million presbyopes in the world, which equals about 113,956* in Hawaii.
By 2020, it's estimated to rise to 193,146* in HI and 1 billion in the World.
Astigmatism causes blurry vision due to an irregular shaped cornea. The normal shape of the cornea is round, but astigmatism occurs when it's shaped more like an oval or a football.
With an irregular shaped cornea, light enters the eye and focuses at 2 points instead of one.
Over 45 Million Americans have astigmatism. About 192,276* patients in HI see Optometrists for problems with astigmatism.
The most common treatment is with special prescription Toric lenses, that bend light along two axis.
Another treatment option is refractive surgery which corrects the shape of the cornea.
Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises. This damage results in gradual visual changes and eventually loss of vision.
In the US, more than 2 million glaucoma related visits are made to Optometrist's office each year. Another 1.1 million cases go undetected.
In Hawaii that would equal about 9,436* detected and 4,718* undetected.
Most patients with glaucoma require only medication to control the eye pressure. With early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss.
Amblyopia is commonly known as lazy eye, a condition affecting approximately 3% of children under 15, about 10,482* in Hawaii.
This condition develops at an early age and is commonly caused by either one eye having stronger vision than the other, strabismus (cross-eye or wall-eye), or blockage of an eye due to trauma or lid droop.
Treatment for amblyopia is done by strengthening the weaker eye with medicated drops or an eye patch.
Children age 7-17 are likely to benefit most from the treatment, with a much lower success rate in adults.
Strabismus, also known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, is a disorder that causes one eye to be misaligned with the other when focusing.
Due to a lack of coordination, the eyes look in different directions and do not focus at the same time on a single point.
Approximately 4,269* visits are made to optometrists in
Hawaii concerning strabismus.
Treatments for strabismus include glasses, medication, eye exercises, or surgery if non surgical means are unsuccessful.
When left untreated, 30-50% of children with strabismus develop secondary vision loss in the form of lazy eye.
* This data has been compiled from multiple government and commercial sources.
Figures shown for Hawaii Optometrist and Optometry are estimates
based upon general statistical analysis and averages amongst the American population.
In the United States, in order to become an Optometrist, one must complete four years of college, and a 4-year program at an accredited optometry school.
Applicants for an Optometry license must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited optometry school and must pass both a written National Board examination and clinical board examination.
All States require that optometrists be licensed, and many also require applicants to pass an examination on relevant State laws.
17 colleges in the US offer programs accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association.
How to find an Optometrist in Hawaii
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Search Tips for an Optometrist in Hawaii
If you decide to consult a Hawaii Optometrist close to you, try a search using one of these Hawaii area ZIP Codes:
- Honolulu, HI
- 96813, 96814, 96815, 96816, 96817, 96818, 96819, 96821, 96822, 96825, 96826
- Hilo, HI
- Kailua, HI
- Kaneohe, HI
- Waipahu, HI
- Pearl City, HI
- Waimalu, HI
- Mililani Town, HI
- Kahului, HI
- Kihei, HI
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This data has been compiled from multiple government and commercial sources. Figures shown for Hawaii Optometrist and Optometry are
based upon general statistic analysis and averages amongst the American population.