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 1,500 eye surgeries a year. This means there are good opportunities for eye nurses and doctors in-training to get practical experience.

Key Achievements

In 2023, in partnership with CWM's Hospital’s eye department, the Pacific Eye Institute provided:

  • 27,797 consultations
  • 1,572 surgeries
  • 1,683 diabetic laser treatments
  • 983 spectacles

The Institute is also the base for national surgical outreaches, Mobile Eye Clinic outreaches, and local diabetes eye care outreaches which in 2023 delivered a further:

  • 11,855 consultations
  • 937 surgeries
  • 2,938 pairs of spectacles

In partnership with Fiji National University, the Pacific Eye Institute has trained 227 eye doctors, nurses, and technicians across 15 countries. In 2023 there are 13 students enrolled.

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