The Clinics

Pacific Eye Institute

Suva, Fiji

The Pacific Eye Institute supports eye care training for doctors and nurses from the Pacific region and a full range of eye care services. The only training facility of its kind in the Pacific, The Institute is leading the charge against avoidable blindness by countering the massive shortage of eye specialists in the region.

Pacific Eye Institute/CWM Eye Department

Brown St, Suva
(+679) 3100 424

Opening hours

Mon - Thu: 8am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday, Sunday, & Public Holidays: CLOSED


Low government spending, a lack of doctors and nurses, and rundown clinics and equipment are all huge challenges for eye care in the Pacific. For people living in remote areas, accessing the health care they need can be close to impossible. We established the Pacific Eye Institute in 2006 to help address these issues, with a focus on training local doctors and nurses.

For the first four years the Institute was located at Tamavua Hospital in Suva. In 2010, we built a new custom-made eye care and teaching facility on the grounds of the CWM Hospital. The Institute and the Hospital joined forces, and the Pacific Eye Institute is now an impressive eye care hub for the entire region.

In 2011, the Diabetes Eye Clinic opened on-site to provide diabetes eye care services and deliver a teaching programme for nurses in diabetes eye care. This followed our research in 2009 which revealed that more than 40 per cent of adults aged 40 years and over in Fiji have diabetes, meaning demand for diabetes eye care services is huge.

What training does the Pacific Eye Institute support?

The Pacific Eye Institute helps to deliver postgraduate courses focused on the particular eye care needs of the Pacific and provides professional development and support to graduates and eye care workers. It also advocates for investment in eye care and undertakes research. Courses are accredited by Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.  

The Pacific Eye Institute is a significant provider of eye care services in Fiji and in outreach locations across the Pacific, performing around 2,000 eye surgeries a year. This means there are good opportunities for eye nurses and doctors in-training to get practical experience.

Key Achievements

In 2022, in partnership with CWM's Hospital’s eye department, the Pacific Eye Institute:

  • Gave 27,414 consultations
  • Performed 1,286 sight-saving surgeries
  • Carried out 950 diabetic laser treatments
  • Dispensed 676 spectacles

The Institute is also the base for the Pacific outreach team, the Mobile Eye Clinic, and local diabetes eye care outreaches which in 2022 delivered a further:

  • 10,337 consultations
  • 1,210 surgeries
  • 3,909 pairs of spectacles

In partnership with Fiji National University, the Pacific Eye Institute has trained 207 eye doctors, nurses, and technicians. In 2023 there are 15 students enrolled.

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