Welcome to the COS

Since it was established in 1893, the Chicago Ophthalmological Society has been dedicated to advancing educational opportunities for ophthalmolmologists in the Chicagoland area.  Today, with nearly 300 members in private practice and academia, the COS is one of the oldest and most successful local eye societies nationally.  Its members have included some of the most prominent ophthalmologists in the country.

The Mission of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society is:
To enhance the vision and health of the greater Chicago community by providing education, advocacy and a forum for discussion of clinical care and eye research among ophthalmologists in practice or training.

Items of Interest

Illinois and Chicago "master calendar" -- The Chicago Ophthalmological Society and the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons are working hard to provide information about conferences and other activities that will be of interest to the greater ophthalmic community in the area.  You can access the master calendar online  to view information about local, regional, national and international conference and events -- CLICK HERE

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Education and Programs

  • Next COS Conference -- Mark your calendar for the next COS quarterly meeting - Monday, September 19.  Philip L. Custer MD from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.  The topic will be Oculoplastics.  Details here.
  • CLICK HERE to View the 2016-2017 meeting schedule
  • Mark the date for the ISEPS-COS Joint Conference . . .  Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.




What's New?

  •  News has reached us about the passing of Past-president James E. McDonald, MD at the age of 93.  He served as chair of ophthalmology at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University, as well as mentoring of dozens of ophthalmologists in Chicago and across the country.  Dr. McDonald will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 6.  Read more.