Mobile Retina Screening
Providing FREE retina exams for Hawaii’s under-served communities
Founded by the Retina Institute of Hawaii, Project Vision is a non-profit 501(c)3 service with a mission to enhance the quality of life by improving sight, preventing blindness, and advancing medical knowledge through research. The mobile service provides free retina screenings to under-served populations in Hawaii.
Retinal disease has a devastating impact on vision and is often a result of delayed diagnosis. In many cases, damage and permanent vision loss can be prevented through early detection and timely treatment. Project Vision was established to improve and advocate for the health and well-being of the people of Hawaii through early detection of retinal eye disease. One of its primary goals is to proactively seek out high-risk diabetic populations and detect signs of retinal disease before irreversible vision loss has occurred. This is especially significant given Hawaii’s high incidence of diabetes.
The Project Vision bus is a mobile screening unit equipped with state-of-the art digital imaging equipment that takes high quality photos of the inside of the eye in a matter of minutes, without the need for medication or pupil dilatation. The unit is staffed by both paid medical personnel and trained volunteers. The entire process takes approximately 10 minutes. An Ophthalmologist reviews images, and results are sent to each participant as well as to a local eye doctor upon request. Referrals to local specialists can also be facilitated.