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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 health care allies on a wide range of advocacy issues, including stronger vision standards, improved federal regulations, and shorter wait times for speciality eye surgeries.
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]