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Speaking as the national public authority on eye care in Canada

Representing eye physicians and surgeons from every province

Advocating for improved vision care policies and standards

Developing clinical practice guidelines for eye health professionals

Facilitating continuing professional development opportunities for eye physicians and surgeons

Collaborating with allies, partners, key stakeholders and supporters in vision care

Providing accurate, up-to-date information on vision health

Publishing the latest research findings and industry news in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology

The Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) does all this and more — we aim to assure the provision of optimal eye care for all Canadians by promoting excellence in ophthalmology and by providing services to support our members in practice.

COS is an affiliate of the Canadian Medical Association and an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development, as recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

COS has a celebrated history dating back to 1937 of serving Canadians and the professional vision care community, thanks in large part to our dedicated Board of Directors, Council and Committee Chairs, members, and staff team.

Learn about Our Mission, or get the latest information about COS activities by visiting our Advocacy & News section or reviewing our Annual Report.

Explore our extensive Vision Health section or learn about COS’ governance by visiting our Board of Directors page and the COS Councils and Committees page.

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COS offers unique membership benefits, a leading-edge Annual Scientific Meeting & Exhibition, a diverse range of Continuing Professional Development services and an Awards program for outstanding achievement or research excellence.