Our Mission Statement: Since 1984, the non-profit Hawaiian Eye Foundation has been dedicated to promoting the preservation, restoration, and improvement of vision for people of the Pacific Basin through charitable service, education, and research programs.
Our Vision Statement: That all people of the Pacific will have access to quality eye care.
Our History: John Corboy, M.D. founded the prestigious Hawaiian Eye Center. He had nine offices across the state to serve all of Hawai’i, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. To all he gave the same VIP care, including a flight to O’ahu, a limo waiting at the airport, and a place to stay the night after surgery.
Dr. Corboy also founded the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting (RHEM). The RHEM is still the third largest eye meeting in the country and hosts doctors from all over the world. This was the start of the HEF’s commitment to education because by sharing best practices and modern techniques, the best care can be provided. Dr. Corboy used the funds from the RHEM to begin humanitarian missions to Tonga. The Hawaiian Eye Foundation (HEF) was born in Tonga and has now spread to more than a dozen countries thanks to Dr. Corboy’s leadership.
What We Do:
The two pillars to our organization are:
- Training programs
- Direct care mission projects
Expeditions to Pacific Basin countries providing humanitarian eye surgery and training.
Training Programs in Viet Nam and Myanmar teaching eye surgeons advanced techniques.
Outreach Programs, including training scholarships, equipment and supply donations, and research projects.
Royal Hawaiian Eye Meetings providing continuing education for U.S. eye surgeons annually for 30 years.
Sustainable Clinic establishment providing jobs to local healthcare workers and primary eye care local patients in HEF’s absence.
Telemedicine communication assisting and teaching local doctors from afar.