Welcome to Retina Associates of Hawaii, Inc.

Welcome to our office!

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for diseases of the retina using state-of-the-art equipment. Should you have any questions, please feel free to discuss any aspect of your eye care with us.

 

Many diseases of the retina and vitreous may lead to visual loss. Retinal problems may be associated with nearsightedness, injury, diabetes, and aging. In some patients, holes or tears in the retina may occur and lead to retinal detachment. Other common retinal problems include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular holes, retinal vascular disease, and macular pucker. Treatment for diseases of the retina and vitreous may include drops or pills, laser or freezing operations in the office, injections, or more extensive surgery in the hospial operating room. Tremendous advances in the past decade now allow successful treatment of many retinal diseases previously thought untreatable. 

 

Dr. Drouilhet was born and raised in Texas. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and his ophthalmology and viteroretinal surgical training at the University of Texas at Houston. Dr. Drouilhet is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. He is a Clinical Professor for the Department of Ophthalmology with the University of Ophthalmology at the University of Hawai'i School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. 

Research

Though direct patient care is Dr. Drouilhet’s primary focus, he is also active in clinical research and teaching. 

Dr. Drouilhet has been actively taking part in clinical research studies since the late 1970s. We are currently and actively participating with various researches through the NEI sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network. Our most recent clinical study was the Bevacizumab, Ranibizumab, and Aflibercept for the treatment of center involved Diabetic Macular Edema. The results of Year 1 were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Year 2 results were published in the medical journal "Ophthalmology".  By research and teaching, we hope to gain knowledge to help assist the evaluation and management of our patients.

Appointment Tips

Mahalo for choosing Dr. Drouilhet for your retinal eye care.  The nature of a retinal eye evaluation can be a lengthy process.  Although we do our best to keep exam and waiting times to a minimum, we ask that you allow adequate time for your appointment.  Please keep the following in mind when you schedule your appointment:

  • A typical retinal exam can take 1 – 4 hours due to dilation, findings and additional tests.
  • Urgent/emergent patients are seen without an appointment due to their urgent nature, which could cause delays for patients with scheduled appointments.  However, patients who come to our office without an appointment may have to wait to be examined until patients with scheduled appointments have been seen.
  • Many patients receive testing or procedures that increases the length of their appointment.

If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please call the office as soon as possible so we can free your time for another patient.  If you are going to be late, please call us and we will do our best to re-schedule you as soon as possible.

Mahalo for your cooperation and understanding.