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November 10, 2016
We need to talk about digital health

During Digital Health Week (November 14 to 20, 2016), dozens of health care organizations from across Canada want Canadians to join the conversation about how digital health use is improving the patient experience.

October 21, 2016
Beware this Halloween! Canada’s vision health professionals warn that cosmetic contact lenses can lead to irreversible vision loss

Canada’s vision health professionals, who include optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians, remind Canadians to be mindful of potential risks to their eyes at this time of year when wearing cosmetic contact lenses as part of a Halloween costume.

June 10, 2016
Sun Awareness Week 2016 puts “focus” on protecting your eyes

Dermatologists and ophthalmologists partner to help Canadians protect their eyes from harmful UV rays.

April 12, 2016
CRS response to CADTH’s therapeutic review of VEGF drugs

Canadian Retina Society (CRS) final response to CADTH’s Draft Therapeutic Review Recommendation Report entitled, “Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs for the treatment of retinal conditions”(December 2015)

March 04, 2016
CADTH therapeutic review – recommendation report

December 2015 Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs for the treatment of retinal conditions [DRAFT]

December 09, 2015
New Wait Time Alliance Report Card reveals important lessons for next Health Accord

The Wait Time Alliance’s (WTA) tenth national report card shows that, despite encouraging signs that wait times for the initial five areas identified in the 2004 Health Accord are being reduced, progress to reduce waits for care other medical procedures and treatments is spotty across the country.

November 16, 2015
Digital Health Week 2015 Launches in Canada

Leading health organizations want Canadians to mark Digital Health Week 2015 (November 16 to 22) by imagining how their lives will change when they can go online to access their lab results, book medical appointments or have an e-visit with their doctor.

August 05, 2015
CAPOS and COS Support Royal College Position Statement on Early Childhood Development

In recognition of the pivotal role of eye and vision health in the development of children, the Canadian Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (CAPOS) in conjunction with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) want to acknowledge our unequivocal support for the Position Statement on Early Childhood Development issued by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

July 30, 2015
COS applauds move to regulate cosmetic contact lenses

On July 29, 2015, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced that Health Canada is advancing regulations that will require the same medical-device safety standards for non-corrective or ‘cosmetic’ contact lenses as prescription or corrective contact lenses.

May 22, 2015
COS Recognizes MP Patricia Davidson for her work on Bill C-313 (cosmetic contact lenses)

On May 5, 2015, Dr. Kashif Baig co-presented the Vision Champion Award, along with representatives from the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Opticians Association of Canada, to inaugural recipient Member of Parliament Pat Davidson, (Sarnia – Lambton) at a Parliamentary Breakfast in Ottawa.

Ophthalmology in the news

Conrad Black: How the Canadian health system saved my left eye
Conrad Black, National Post, April 13, 2013

A Black eye for health care? (commentary on Conrad Black: How the Canadian…)
Lysiane Gagnon, The Globe and Mail, April 25, 2013


Resources

Vision Loss in Canada 2011
Facts & numbers from the National Coalition for Vision Health

Going Blind and Going Forward
Outreach toolkit for use with the film ‘Going Blind’

National Physician Survey
2014 results now available

Model of interprofessional collaboration in the care of glaucoma patients and glaucoma suspects (November 2011)

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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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