Below are a list of helpful tools and resourses to learn more about your eyes.
Click HERE to learn more about retinal diseases from the American Society of Retinal Specialists. These fact sheets may help answer some of your questions.
Vision impairment can be challenging to cope with on daily basis and may hinder your ability to perform daily tasks. Below are a list of websites that our patients find helpful. The list includes transportation services, reading and visual aids, and other relief services.
The Department of Human Services in Honolulu have a separate division dedicated to help those with low vision or blindness. Some of the services include vocational rehabilitation, a low vision clinc, classes to learn new adaptive skills, and more. They can be reached at:
Services for the Blind Branch - Ho'opono
1901 Bachelot Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
The Honolulu Handivan is a public transportation service provided to those who are unable to take the bus service due to certain disabilities. There are specific routes and service areas that the van can go. Prices start at about $2.00 USD per one-way trip. For more information, click on the link below.
Hawaii State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
The library for the blind and physically handicapped have a variety of services available to assist you. They offer talking books, braille books, large type books, descriptive videos, transcribing services, and a radio reading service. There is an eligibility and signature requirement from a “competent authority” (aka ophthalmologists, internists, etc) that is required prior to your visit. For more information, click on the link below.
Hawaii Tobacco Quitline
There is never a better time to quit smoking other than today. The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline offers many aids and counseling to help you overcome any challenges. For more information, click on the link below.
Enhanced vision (mainland)
This is a company that develops assistive technology tools to help people read and write. Some aids include: magnifiers, portable laptops, and a 3 in 1 camera. Prices may vary according to insurance coverage. For more information, click on the link below.
Island Skills Gathering
A local based company that specializes in assistive technology. The availability and price may vary according to insurance coverage. For more information, click on the link below.
There are several cab companies to choose from. Each one can vary in price and wait time. It is best to call their company to find out price ranges. (Don’t forget to ask if they offer “flat rates”!)
The Cab (808) 422-2222
Charley’s taxi (808) 531-1333
City Taxi (808) 524-2121
Eco-cab (808) 979-1010
Star Taxi (808) 739-1300
Pony Cab (808) 944-8282
Aloha State Cab (808) 841-3566
Robert’s Taxi (808) 486-4609