The Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting (fondly called "RHEM") was begun by Hawaiian Eye Foundation’s President Dr. John Corboy 30 years ago, and is now the third largest annual, educational eye care meeting in America.
Held every January in Hawai’i, RHEM hosts over 1,000 doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrators for a week of intensive lectures and workshops on advances in ophthalmology.
RHEM is currently sponsored by VINDICO Medical Education, and modest royalties from the meeting support our overseas eye care service and training programs.
The Foundation annually presents the Phillip M. Corboy, MD Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Ophthalmology, sponsored by Bausch & Lomb, and the Hawaiian Eye Foundation International Award for Excellence, sponsored by EagleVision.
Our Foundation also provides scholarships to students and surgeons from overseas to attend the meeting.
The annual meetings of the Board of Directors of Hawaiian Eye Foundation are held in conjunction with RHEM, as are the assemblies of our Scientific Advisory Board.
We share an informational booth with Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International, where we provide information on volunteering for overseas expeditions, and encourage attendees to donate their time, skills, and financial support for those in need throughout the Pacific.
History of Phillip M. Corboy, MD Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Ophthalmology and Hawaiian Eye Foundation International Award for Excellence. » History of RHEM Awards