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  • Welcome to the COS!

    The COS is an interdenominational society of eye surgeons and physicians who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  We welcome any eye surgeon who professes faith to join our society.  While our membership is primarily within the United States, we have a growing international membership.

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Eye doctors who love God’s word

Our signature event has been our annual meeting which takes place in late July or early August each year. This event is family friendly with events for spouses and children. You'll find great fellowship, scientific lectures, a mission's day and more . . .
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First Class Medicine

Practicing our profession in a spirit of love

Founder, J. Lawton Smith never actually used the phrase "practicing first class medicine in a spirit of love", however this represents what he shared with his fellows. Striving for excellence in all things we do is important in a precise field like ophthalmology. It becomes even more important to bring glory to the one who gives us our gifts . . .
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Servant Eye Care

Following the greatest example

Matthew 20:34 states that "Jesus touched their eyes and had compassion on them. Immediately they received their sight and followed him." Our eyesight is so precious that the process of restoring it has the power to change lives. The bar is set high here for eye care providers certainly . . .
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We are passionate about Sight and Light

We believe all ophthalmologists should work hand in hand with God. For vision to occur, one needs sight and light.

While ophthalmologists work on the first part, if God were to turn out the light, we're all without a job!

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“What a blessing it was to be able to attend this year's meeting. I was in awe the whole weekend over how God is using so many of his people as instruments for changing lives, all over around the world. Praise be to God for this organization and its people!”


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About Us

The Christian Ophthalmology Society is made up of member ophthalmologists from all over the world. There is no formal admission process to be a part of it, however the specifications of becoming a member may be found on this page.

The COS is proud to have staff members to help with our activities and the various ministries of the society. 
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Renee Norris
Executive Assistant
Event Liaison

Renee is very organized helps our board with any and everything and more!

cell: 269-697-1COS
email: renee@cosw.org

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Bryan Glanzer
COS Missionary Liaison
Director of Regional Refresh

Bryan is a pastor who loves seeing God working through ophthalmologists around the world.

cell: 269-252-8252
email: bryan@cosw.org


Founder J. Lawton Smith was famous for stirring up folks with the way he phrased things.  He certainly got right to the point but with very catchy and witty phrases.  (see more about the Legend of Lawton here.)


Though Lawton never used the phrase "practicing first class medicine in a spirit of love", this is what he challenged the doctors around him to do at all times.  It is for this reason that the J. Lawton Smith award has been given to a physician who demonstrates this type of attitude and excellence in their practice of medicine.  


To see the physicians who have been honored with this award, please click here.

Ophthalmologists have a very privileged position being able to work on and in the eye for the purpose of restoring and maintaining and improving physical sight.  The truth of the matter is that without the "light", all of sight restoration or improvement would be for not.


We are totally dependent on God to provide the light for our patient's and our own eyes to use our sight.  God partners with us in this role of helping patients see His light with their physical eyes.  He desires for all to see His light and yet so many can miss the glory of His light for the distractions around us.  


As a society, we have goals to 

1.  Develop unity in friendship among ophthalmologists in Christ

2.  To encourage medical students, hose officers and fellows in their walk with the Lord

3.  To support other physicians' faith in Christ regardless of denominational background

4.  To have meetings with emphasis on the family so that all family members will feel at home and enjoy the surroundings

5.  To develop new professional acquaintances and get to know the families of colleagues who love the Lord

6.  To cooperate with and pray for missionary ophthalmologists

7.  To pray for revival, particularly in medicine

8.  To equip ophthalmologists and those in training with tools to improve their ability to partner with our Master physician and ophthalmologist who brings both physical and spiritual sight to all who are willing to ask for it.


If you would like to join the society, please contact us today.


This category contains welcome messages and general info about the COS.

This category contains links and blogs about different ophthalmology missionaries around the world.