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May 02, 2018
Joint letter from COS, CPA and CSPCP on atropine 1% discontinuation

Following the letter that the Canadian Ophthalmological Society sent you on March 26, 2018 regarding the impact Novartis/Alcon’s decision to discontinue Isopto Atropine 1% (Atropine) will have on Canadian ophthalmologists, the COS has been discussing the impact this discontinuation will have on other Canadian medical specialties, specifically the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. Our joint response to the discontinuation follows.

May 01, 2018
Study shows only half of Canadians seek treatment for symptoms of potential eye disease that may lead to vision loss

A new survey, commissioned by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, revealed that most Canadians (59%) experience symptoms of potential eye disease, yet only half of these people reported they had seen a health care professional.

April 20, 2018
Shortage of fluorescein strips is over

We have received confirmation from INNOVA Medical Ophthalmics and Dioptic Pharmaceuticals that DioFluor strips are now available and the company has started shipping them as of April 17, 2018.

March 26, 2018
Joint letter from COS, CGS, CRS, CUS, and CAPOS on atropine 1% discontinuation

In response to Novartis/Alcon’s decision to discontinue Isopto Atropine 1%, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) has discussed the impact this discontinuation will have with representatives from the following sub-specialty societies: the Canadian Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (CAPOS), the Canadian Glaucoma Society (CGS), the Canadian Retina Society (CRS), and the Canadian Uveitis Society. Our joint response to the discontinuation follows.

March 23, 2018
Atropine 1% discontinuation: member alert

Novartis/Alcon has announced that it is discontinuing Isopto Atropine 1%. Currently, Isopto Atropine 1% is listed as an “actual shortage” on the Drug Shortages Canada database, and Health Canada was unaware of the discontinuation when we reached out to them. Consequently, this announcement has caused some confusion regarding the actual status of Isopto Atropine 1%.

March 21, 2018
EPSAA and COS statement on eye emergencies

The Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society would like to provide clarity to Albertans regarding how to respond to an eye emergency. Recent media coverage has suggested that people suffering from an eye emergency do not need to go to a hospital to receive care….
As the medical and surgical leaders in eye health, EPSAA and COS want to emphasize that anyone who is experiencing an eye emergency seek immediate care at a hospital from an ophthalmologist, even if the injury seems minor at first.

March 14, 2018
Disinfection of ultrasound and pachymeter probes

On behalf of the membership of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons Association of Alberta and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, we are writing to you to express our concerns with the recommendations put forward in the Alberta Health Services Medical Device Reprocessing of Semi-Critical Devices used in Ophthalmology Briefing Document, dated February 26, 2018, with regard to higher level sterilization of ultrasound probes and ultrasonic pachymeter probes.

February 15, 2018
APOS statement on cataract surgery

Most cataract surgeries in Newfoundland are done in a hospital and as an insured service covered by Medical Care Plan. However, many patients who have the surgery in Newfoundland opt to pay an additional fee to receive a lens with additional features.

November 30, 2017
Update: Diofluor fluorescein strip shortage

The Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians have written to Manitoba Health to discuss the current shortage of fluorescein strips.

June 07, 2017
The CDA and COS want Canadians to know that sunglasses can save your eyes

CDA has partnered with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) to launch The Sunglasses Project, an awareness effort that will coincide with this year’s Sun Awareness Program, which takes place June 5-11, 2017.

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)



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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