As its name implies, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has an onset later in life. It begins with diminished central vision. AMD tends to run in families. If you have a family member who has AMD, you should seek regular retina care. It is estimated that over 2 million Americans have Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Regular retina care is essential to potentially control this sight stealer. Fortunately some forms of AMD can be treated by Doctor Tafoya.

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Normal Eye

Moderate AMD

Early AMD

Wet AMD with Hemorrhage

Geographic AMD


Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) affects more that 4.4 million Americans. The risk is high among Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, who account for over half of Hawaii’s population. With regular retina care, Doctor Tafoya can address this disease before it robs you of vision.

Normal Eye

Wet AMD with Hemorrhage

Severe Nonproliferative DR

Proliferative DR with LargePreretinal Hemorrhage

Severe Proliferative DR

DR After Laser Treatment


Reti­nal Detach­ment (RD) occurs when the retina peels away from its under­ly­ing sup­port­ive layer. RD can occur for a vari­ety of rea­sons, includ­ing vit­re­ous detach­ment, dia­betic retinopa­thy, reti­nal tumors, and trauma. Signs of RD include sud­den visual dis­tur­bances, such as the onset of new floaters and a shower of flashes in your vision. If you see new floaters or flashes in one eye or the other, you should seek Dr. Tafoya’s (or another reti­nal specialist’s) help immediately.

Normal Eye

RD in Upper Left Quadrant

Better View of Detachment

Early Result After RD Repairby Dr. Tafoya

Nice Flat Retina After Repair by Dr. Tafoya


Diabetes is the leading cause of permanent blindness in adults in the United States. Diabetes can cause cataracts, glaucoma and retina problems. There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy- non-proliferative and proliferative, as shown in the videos above. The proliferative form can cause bleeding in your eye also known as hemorrhage. If the bleeding is in the jelly substance of your eye, or vitreous, it can cause profound loss of vision. Surgery often helps this problem. Diabetes can also cause swelling or edema in your central vision called macular edema. If you see black spots in your vision, floaters, flashes of light, missing vision, blurred vision, or if you have not had a dilated eye evaluation in some time, call 808-676-4772 to make an appointment with Doctor Tafoya.


Waikele Professional Center
94-849 Lumiaina Street, Suite 102
Waipahu, HI 96797

Phone: 808.676.4772
Fax: 808.676.8772