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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!”

The society has a long history of desiring to help those in training and in missions attend the annual meeting. Our hope is that this meeting would significantly impact both your professional and spiritual journey and that you will become an active member of the society going forward, personally investing in the next generation of ophthalmologists and missionaries.

In order to be good stewards of our grant money, we have revised the requirements for eligibility. You may apply for this grant if you meet one of these categories:

  1. Ophthalmology Resident or Fellow (Member in Training – MIT)
  2. 3rd-4th year Medical Student with a strong leaning toward ophthalmology (Member in Training – MIT)
  3. Full time, support-based missionary

Please refer to our grant policy for more details.

Grants for Members in Training 
Grants for Missionaries 

Typically, the grant will pay for:

  • Meeting Registration Fees
  • Lodging (If applicable, for both you and your family)
  • Food that is included in the meeting

If you are travelling with your family, or your program will pay all or part of the expenses, please refer to the appropriate policy page (LINKs coming) for more details.

To apply for a grant, please complete either the MIT Grant Application or the Missionary Grant Application.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Meeting!

You can hear what past Grant Recipients have to say about the meeting by clicking here.

Under His Grace,
COS Board of Directors