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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Canadian Ophthalmological Society guidelines

Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed and based on a thorough consideration of the medical literature and clinical experience, and describe a range of generally accepted approaches to diagnosis, management, and prevention.

These guidelines are not necessarily inclusive of all methods of care, or exclusive of other potentially appropriate methods of care. They are designed to assist decision-making, but are not intended to define a standard of care, or to replace clinical judgment.

COS expects that judgments in individual cases will be made in consultation with the patient, with appropriate regard to the whole patient, the individual circumstances of the patient, diagnostic and treatment options available, as well as available resources.

COS does not warrant that adherence to its guidelines will produce a successful outcome in every case.

Vision Screening: COS evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the periodic eye examination in adults in Canada (February 2007)

Cataract Surgery: COS evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cataract surgery in the adult eye (October 2008)

Glaucoma: COS evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the management of glaucoma in the adult eye (June 2009) and glaucoma guidelines slides

Diabetic Retinopathy: COS evidence/based clinical practice guidelines for the management of diabetic retinopathy (April 2012)

Other guidelines

National retinoblastoma strategy: Canadian guidelines for care (December 2009)