Hawaiian Eye Foundation News: Blog

Category: Missions

HEF is XOVA Grant Recipient to Develop a Sustainable Eye Care System and Transform Communities in Micronesia

“XOVA is an award program sponsored by Novartis Pharma AG. XOVA is intended for medical specialists who have devised initiatives that are expected to have significant impact on unmet needs in the fields of ophthalmology and optometry. The objective of XOVA is to provide funding, in the form of a grant, for non-profit initiatives and… Read More

July 2018 Palau Mission with Mission Director Dr. Jeff Rutgard

For the 1st two weeks of July, HEF’s Mission Director Dr. Jeff Rutgard and assistant Corinne Spencer, paired up again for HEF’s annual mission to Koror. For nearly a decade, Dr. Jeff has traveled to Palau each spring to care for the beautiful people of this island nation in Micronesia. HEF is delighted to work… Read More

St. Vincent & Dr. Brett Bielory Phaco Surgeries in August 2018

HEF has been asked to help with the backlog of cataract patients in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), and to teach phaco techniques to local surgeons. Dr. Brett Bielory studied under HEF Advisor Dr. Helen Wu at Tufts. After hearing her share about the organization, he was eager to volunteer. From August 1-8, Dr. Brett… Read More

MSICS Training Mission – Dominican Republic

Our missions to Los Llanos, about an hour outside of Santo Domingo, are fueled by the passion of our local host, Ms. Olga Canto. The hospitality and hard work of her organization, Fundacion Visual Cana Dulce, make it possible to serve patients from all throughout eastern Dominican. The first two weeks in September were full… Read More

13th Annual Taveuni Eye Project (TEP), Fiji 2018

68 surgeries were performed in 10 days by Dr. Jeff Rutgard and Dr. Federico Rupil as part of the 13th annual Taveuni Eye Project (TEP). The TEP was started by our very own Dr. Jeff and has grown to be one of the largest-spanning, long-standing missions in the Pacific. Patients from all throughout Fiji are… Read More

Summer Mexico trips with Dr. Rutgard and iSight Missions

Dr. Rutgard and iSight Missions have made three trips to Tecate and two to Tijuana since July. This has allowed his mission teams to examine and provide cataract surgeries to hundreds of patients. These continuous trips are extremely valuable in addressing the needs in these communities, eliminating the existing blindness little by little. Consistent visits allow patients… Read More


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