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La cécité des neiges
COS member, Dr. Marie-Claude Robert quoted in segment on snow blindness. (In French)
Télé, Radio-Canada, February 20, 2019
Eye protection in bright, cold conditions key and often overlooked
“Ophthalmologist [and COS member] Briar Sexton says if it’s bright enough to tolerate wearing sunglasses, just do it.”
News 1130, February 6, 2019
Scott Disick promotes controversial product that claims to change your eye color
“Dr. Guillermo Rocha, an ophthalmologist and past president of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, said that iColour’s statements are doubtful and ‘a bit of a stretch.'”
Inquisitr, December 8, 2018
CHEO’s upgraded eye clinic improves lives
Pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael O’Connor, treats glaucoma in 7-year-old Delphine at the newly renovated eye clinic at CHEO.
CTV News, November 2018
Keeping hope in sight: A baby girl, a fighter mom and a rare eye cancer
“The tumours that show up around birth … those tumours are in the location in the retina that threatens vision,” said Dr. Brenda Gallie, the top ophthalmologist in Canada specializing in retinoblastoma.
CBC News, 26 August 2018
Active lymphatic drainage from the eye measured by noninvasive photoacoustic imaging of near-infrared nanoparticles
Congratulations to Dr. Yeni Yucel and Dr. Neeru Gupta for this major discovery in glaucoma.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, June 2018
mascaraWoman develops hard, dark spots inside eyelid — turns out it’s years of unwashed mascara
“Ophthalmologist Dr. Ken Roberts, a member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, tells Global News the eyelid, both outside and inside is covered in pores (think sweat glands, oil glands, hair follicles etc.).”
Global News, 5 June 2018
Screening for impaired vision in community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older in primary care settings
“The Canadian Ophthalmological Society suggests that the recommendations of the US Preventative Services Task Force (2016), namely no recommendation for or against screening, be adopted.”
CMAJ, 31 May 2018
eyesWhat your eyes can tell you about your health
“Women are more susceptible to certain conditions that can present in the eyes, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and thyroid dysfunction, says Setareh Ziai, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute.”
MSN: Health and Fitness, 16 May 2018
kids' eyesEverything you need to know about sun safety for kids
“Children’s eyes are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays, as their ocular lenses are still developing and cannot filter UV light in the same way as an adult’s can, Dr. Christine Law, a pediatric ophthalmologist and spokesperson for the Canadian Ophthalmological Society told HuffPost Canada.”
Huff Post, 14 May 2018
seniors AMDPreventing and treating the leading cause of blindness for seniors: AMD
“It’s important we educate ourselves about AMD and the steps we can take to reduce vision loss with these tips from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) and Canadian Retina Society (CRS).”
Forever Young, 10 May 2018
Five ways to reduce the physical harms of smartphone use
“Gazing at a screen up close for long periods can cause spasms in the tiny muscles that adjust the shape of the lens, said Dr. Christine Law, an ophthalmologist and spokesperson for the Canadian Ophthalmological Society.”
Globe and Mail, 15 March 2018
Vision protection for all seasons
“According to information from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause short-term pain and discomfort, but permanent damage to the eyes can result from prolonged exposure to the sun without adequate protection.”
Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, 13 March 2018
boys using smartphoneCanadian eye experts warn of too many screens and too little playtime
“Both the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society are–quite naturally–concerned, especially about young people, especially those up to the age of eight, when most eye problems can still be corrected.”
Radio Canada International, 7 March 2018
eye exam10 tips from the pros to improve your driving right now
“The Canadian Ophthalmological Society says those who use glasses should get a vision check at least once every three years, and then annually after age 60.”
CTV News, 6 March 2018
petits yeux fragilesAttention, petits yeux fragiles !
«Dans le cas des enfants, le risque de développer une myopie s’ajoute également à ces effets indésirables, préviennent l’Association canadienne des optométristes (ACO) et la Société canadienne d’ophtalmologie (SCO).»
La Presse, 5 mars 2018
smart phoneMessenger Kids inquiète les experts de la santé des enfants
«Dans la mesure du possible, la Société canadienne d’ophtalmologie recommande d’éviter l’augmentation du temps passé devant un écran à travers l’utilisation d’applications comme Messenger Kids, et ce, dans une optique de protection de la santé oculaire », estime la Société, dans un communiqué envoyé aux médias mardi.
Huff Post, 1 March 2018
eyesWhat is age-related macular degeneration and why should older Canadians care?
“AMD is a disease of the layer under the retina and at the back of the eye – a part called the macula – which causes problems like blurriness, dark areas or distortion with the central vision, Dr. Alan Berger, member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the Canadian Retina Society, explains.”
Global News, 7 February 2018
Eye chartOpinion | Future vision: the challenge of preserving vision in an aging population
Phil Hooper: “Population aging is the major single factor driving the surge in vision loss in Canada, since the major blinding diseases are strongly age-related.”
Sixth Estate, 26 January 2018
Screens and kids eyesWhat screens are doing to your kids’ eyes
“The Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society’s position is that kids up to age two shouldn’t be using screens at all (except maybe if they’re video-chatting with the help of a parent) and that kids ages two to five should be getting no more than an hour of screen time a day.”
Today’s Parent, 4 January 2018
Dr. Sherif El-DefrawyNEXTGEN: Dr. Sherif El-Defrawy is optimistic about future of eyecare
“The next generation of eyecare professionals inspires veteran ophthalmologist Dr. Sherif El-Defrawy.”
Optical Prism, 3 January 2018
Nanji familyWith restored sight comes opportunity and hope
“A donation from Pyarali G. Nanji and his family will establish a chair in the department of ophthalmology and vision sciences… held for a five-year term by Dr. Sherif El-Defrawy, an eye surgeon, researcher and award-­winning teacher.”
U of T Magazine, Autumn 2017
Dr. Guillermo RochaManaging time: a doctor-CEO’s guide – when every hour counts
COS’s Dr. Guillermo Rocha shares his tips for managing a busy schedule.
Ophthalmology Management, 1 January 2018

News release on eye injuries at work
13 December 2017

A day in the life of Dr. BudningA day in the life of an ophthalmologist
“Dr. Andrew Budning is an ophthalmologist… specializing in pediatric ophthalmology and pediatric and adult strabismus.”
Do the Daniel newsletter, 9 December 2017
Common eye conditionsCommon eye conditions and role of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society
“See The Possibilities is a public awareness campaign that educates Canadians on the important role that ophthalmologists play…”
My Organized Chaos, 8 December 2017
Dr. Harmeet GillNEXTGEN: Dr. Harmeet Gill and his calling for ophthalmology
“Dr. Harmeet Gill has found balance and satisfaction in assisting both the public and private sectors within the Canadian ophthalmology community.”
Optical Prism, 1 November 2017
eyesIgnoring your eye health can lead to bigger problems down the road
According to Dr. Setareh Ziai, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute, vision is one part of the body many people take for granted.
Global News, 12 October 2017
Dr. Phil HooperReceiving a cornea transplant
On World Sight Day, we speak to Dr. Phil Hooper of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society about eye health.
Studio 5 (iTunes), 12 October 2017
Drs. Jackson and AhmedRecognizing excellence in Ontario’s ophthalmologists
On September 14, 2017, during the Annual General Meeting which was held in Ottawa, Ontario, the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (EPSO), presented awards of distinction to Dr. Iqbal Ike K. Ahmed and Dr. W. Bruce Jackson.
Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, September 2017
W. Bruce JacksonPeterborough doctor receives lifetime achievement award
Peterborough’s Dr. W. Bruce Jackson was awarded the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s Lifetime Achievement award in recognition for his distinguished career of service to the specialty of ophthalmology., September 19, 2017
Dr. Sherif El-DefrawyCOS member receives mentorship award
Dr. Sherif El-Defrawy, a COS past president and highly esteemed ophthalmologist, has received the Region 3 mentor of the year award from the Royal College.
RCPSC, September 2017
Setareh_ZiaiEye surgeon Ziai “in the zone”
in Ottawa OR

Profile of COS member Dr. Setareh Ziai and her work at the University of Ottawa’s Eye Institute.
Optical Prism, September 1, 2017
eclipseTotal eclipse of the sun
“We asked the experts at the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) to share their top tips for viewing—alone or with kiddies—this incredible natural phenomenon.”
Vancouver Courier, August 17, 2017
Perte de vision et maladies oculaires : peut-on les prévenir?
“Selon la Société canadienne d’ophtalmologie, beaucoup de gens, surtout ceux qui ne portent pas d’accessoires correctifs, n’accordent pas suffisamment d’importance à leur santé visuelle…. Dr François Codère”
Le Semaine, August 11, 2017
Eyes also windows to your health
Letter to the editor from COS member Dr. Ken Roberts
Moncton Times, May 25, 2017

Interview with Jolene Loveday on See the Possibilities
680 News, May 2017

Sandra Cassell‘Bionic eye’ allows Montreal mother of 4 to see her youngest for first time – COS members, Dr. Flavio Rezende and Dr. Cynthia Qian, describe the Argus II retinal prosthesis and the implant surgery conducted by Dr. Rezende.
CBC News, 27 August 2017
Dr. Guillermo RochaEye doctors dominate list of top billers in Manitoba – “Brandon ophthalmologist Dr. Guillermo Rocha, president of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, said it would be wrong to assume physicians are pocketing these high amounts.”
Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 2017
Life happens when you See the Possibilities – “‘See the Possibilities’ is a public awareness campaign to educate Canadians on the important role that ophthalmologists play and the transformative effects they can have on our daily lives.”
Organized Chaos, 19 June 2017
Preventing vision loss that impacts your quality of life – Dr. Allan Slomovic talks about common eye conditions and what symptoms should prompt someone to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. (AUDIO FILE)
What She Said, 10 June 2017
What the heck is an ophthalmologist – “Incredible stories are being shared on to highlight the important work ophthalmologists do in correcting, restoring and preserving vision.”
Do The Daniel, 9 June 2017
Dr. Phil Hooper talks about COS’s See the Possibilities campaign – “Approximately half a million Canadians are estimated to be living with significant vision loss…”
Live from Studio Five, 24 May 2017
Helping see the light about ophthalmologists – “The association representing Canada’s medical eye doctors has launched an awareness campaign using real-life medical success stories to drive awareness of eye health and the professionals dedicated to it.”
Strategy Online, 23 May 2017
May is National Vision Health Month – “The Canadian Opthalmological Society launched their first public awareness campaign, “See the Possibilities” in honour of National Vision Health month.”
Jewel, 11 May 2017
COS he’s a jolly good fellow – “Sitting down with… Guillermo Rocha, President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), and Medical Director of Ocular Microsurgery and Laser Center, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.”
The Ophthalmologist, April 2017