If you are an early bird, you might have seen Doc­tor Tafoya on KITV news!  He was there to pro­mote the Amer­i­can Dia­betes Association’s Dia­betes Alert! Day.  Dia­betes is such a seri­ous dis­ease.  Among other com­pli­ca­tions it can affect your eyes and poten­tially cause blind­ness.   Please click the link above to take the Risk […]

I am end­ing my first month as the Amer­i­can Dia­betes Asso­ci­a­tion of Hawaii’s Com­mu­nity Board pres­i­dent. In my expe­ri­ence as a retina sur­geon, I see that dia­betes is of epi­demic pro­por­tions in Hawaii. I have been hon­ored to be part of the board for the past sev­eral years. I try to do as much as […]

The ADA Step Out Walk is this Sat­ur­day, March 16, 2013 at Kapi­olani Park.  We are once again proud spon­sors of this impor­tant event.  We will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Health Fair.  Stop by our booth to meet Doc­tor Tafoya.  Come out and join the fun.  Learn more about HOW TO STOP DIABETES!

Novem­ber is Amer­i­can Dia­betes Month ®! Dia­betes is such a seri­ous prob­lem in the US. Did you know it had its own cel­e­bra­tion month? We at Pacific Retina Care ℠ have decided to take advan­tage of this month to edu­cate our friends. A few weeks ago, Doc­tor Tafoya and Tammy vol­un­teered at the Amer­i­can Diabetes […]

Pacific Retina Care ℠ is very excited to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Amer­i­can Dia­betes Malama Ohana Event to cel­e­brate AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH.  Dia­betes is a seri­ous con­di­tion that can rob you of your sight and more. Exhibits, free health screen­ings, and give­aways await you.  Come to Tamarind Park Bishop Square on Novem­ber 1st between 10:30am-1:00pm […]

What Are Floater?

On July 15th, 2012, posted in: Ask the Doctor, Blog, Your Health by


Have you ever noticed gnats, strands or cob­webs in your vision?  You are cer­tain that they are there. Yet when you try to reach out and grasp them you end up grasp­ing air. When you shift your gaze to the right the gnats, strands or cob­webs also trail to the right. This effect is most […]

Age-related Mac­u­lar Degen­er­a­tion (AMD) is an eye dis­ease that affects more than 10 mil­lion peo­ple in the United States. It tends to run in fam­i­lies and pre­dom­i­nantly in those of Cau­casian decent. AMD is a slow dete­ri­o­ra­tion of the retina in the cen­ter of your vision known as the mac­ula. This dete­ri­o­ra­tion can lead to […]

I started today’s blog post by want­ing to research a new afford­able device called the Pebble-Mini.  But I think that I will go off on a more impor­tant tan­gent here.  Dur­ing my research I learned that there is not much writ­ten about this new device.  I decided to go directly to the manufacturer’s web­site, hence […]

I found a won­der­ful web­site full of infor­ma­tion about the retina and reti­nal dis­eases.  They offer a free infor­ma­tion kit about age-related mac­u­lar degen­er­a­tion.  Go to our Help­ful Links Tab and click on ‘Amer­i­can Retina Foun­da­tion’ to order your kit.  This infor­ma­tion was taken from their web­site: The Amer­i­can Retina Foun­da­tion (ARF) is com­mit­ted to […]

Diabetes in Hawaii

On February 24th, 2012, posted in: Preventative, Your Health by


Did you know that dia­betes ranks as the lead­ing cause of new blind­ness in the US?  Did you know that Asians, Pacific Islanders and native Hawai­ians are at a higher risk for Type 2 dia­betes?  Did you know that these groups account for over half of Hawaii’s pop­u­la­tion? So, see your pri­mary care doc­tor on […]

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