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 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.

Thursday March 28, 2019

Wait Times web tool updated with latest data

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released updated data on wait times for priority procedures in Canada. The data shows that approximately 30% of patients who required a hip or knee replacement or cataract surgery did not have their procedure done within the recommended wait times. The data also reveals that most Canadians […]

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Tuesday March 19, 2019

MIGS – summarizing the evidence

Across Canada, there has been a growing demand for and use of MIGS. However, the direct and indirect costs of MIGS can be considerable, and coverage under the public health insurance plans is inconsistent across jurisdictions. Therefore, the aim of the health technology assessment (HTA) was to inform the optimal use, including appropriate patient selection […]

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Friday March 8, 2019

Recommendations on the optimal use of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery

These recommendations were developed by the Health Technology Expert Review Panel (HTERP) based on evidence reviewed in a CADTH Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report. The HTA included a review of the clinical effectiveness and safety, costeffectiveness, patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives and experiences, ethical issues, and implementation issues regarding minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) for the […]

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Tuesday February 26, 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

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Wednesday February 20, 2019

La cécité des neiges

COS member, Dr. Marie-Claude Robert quoted in segment on snow blindness. (In French)Télé, Radio-Canada

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Thursday January 24, 2019

Disinfection of ophthalmic diagnostic instruments

The Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS), through discussion with the Eye Physicians and Surgeons Association of Alberta (EPSAA), has become aware of proposed changes to Alberta regulation surrounding the disinfection of ophthalmic diagnostic instrumentation that comes into contact with the ocular surface. These changes are outlined in the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Briefing Document, dated February […]

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