In Hawai’i, we support eye screenings and other outreach programs for disadvantaged people, including education scholarships, equipment and supply donations, and research projects benefiting unserved and underserved people of the Pacific.
The Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting (fondly called “RHEM”) was started by Hawaiian Eye Foundation’s President Dr. John Corboy 40 years ago, and is now the third largest annual, educational eye care meeting in the U.S. 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, who changed the name to Hawaiian Eye Meeting, and modest royalties from the meeting support our overseas eye care service and training programs.
Visit the Hawaiian Eye Meeting Website: https://www.healio.com/meeting/hawaiianeyemeeting/
Since our inaugural event in 2017, we have partnered with local Ophthalmologists in Hawai’i who have generously donated their time, services and supplies to conduct free cataract surgeries for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
This project is especially for those who do not have or cannot obtain medical insurance. We will also accept those who meet a list of eligibility requirements, including a household income of less than 200% of the poverty level. More >>
Mahalo to our Partner Ophthalmologists:
2017: Dr. Tortora of Hawaiian Eye Center
2018: Dr. Jenkins of Jenkins Eye Care
2019: Dr. Faulkner of Aloha Laser Vision
Science Fair Hawai’i
Since 1980, Dr. John Corboy and other Foundation ophthalmic surgeons have mentored Hawai’i students from grade 7 to 12 who enter science projects in the annual Hawai’i State Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by the Hawai’i Academy of Science.
Foundation docs and volunteers judge entries at the fair, and our Foundation provides cash prizes to students and their teachers for outstanding projects relating to eyes or vision.
Help encourage Hawai’i student careers in science by making a » donation for science fair prizes.
Pacific Vision Outreach Equipment Project
Hawaiian Eye Foundation received a grant from The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to purchase and make available portable ophthalmic equipment for use in providing outreach services for unserved and underserved people in the Pacific, including Hawai’i. In addition to making use of this equipment on Hawaiian Eye Foundation’s Pacific expeditions, we loan the equipment to Project VISION for their ongoing vision screening programs for underserved Hawai’i communities.