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As the principal national public voice for ophthalmology in Canada, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) plays a critical role in advocating for optimal eye care for all Canadians.

Representing eye physicians and surgeons from coast to coast, COS strategically collaborates with governments, industry partners and healthcare allies on a wide range of advocacy issues, including stronger vision standards, improved federal regulations, and shorter wait times for speciality eye surgeries.

Learn more about COS’ diverse advocacy work including the Wait Time Alliance, our Position & Policy Statements and related News.  We also invite you to explore our Upcoming Events and view Postings & Placements.

Canadian Vision Care by the Numbers:

$15.8 billion: Cost of vision loss in Canada annually

$8.6 billion: Direct health care costs annually

$7.2 billion: Indirect costs (lost earnings, care & rehabilitation, special equipment, etc.)

$30.3 billion: Annual cost of vision loss in Canada by 2032

[Source: Vision Loss in Canada 2011]

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