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Save the date for Estes Park 2018. (July 18 - 22, 2018)   Our annual meeting will be at the infamous YMCA Camp of the Rockies just outside of Estes Park, Colorado.  Registration will be available starting January 1st, 2018.  Please reserve your rooms since our housing promises to be sold out.  Also, please note that all 3 meals / day are included when you register your room.  We will collect only a small amount on meeting registration to cover the upgrade for our banquets.  To reserve your room today, please use this link.

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The COS would like to announce that we are opening open up the reservations for our special retreat in the Riviera Maya this February to members of the CMDA, FCO, OIF and any personal friends of any member from church or your community or medical staff.  Please consider inviting your special friends or even others from your practice such as administrators or technicians.  

The COS is launching a 3 week campaign supporting a chapter in new ministries for the society with Hanes ComfortSoft Tagless Tshirts for $20 per shirt.  Enjoy a new shirt or sweathshirt sporting the new COS logo in any child or adult sizes.  There are 5 colors to choose from.  Click on the image below to support this compaign and to view all options.  Get your shirt in time for the 2017 annual meeting!!  Click here to buy yours now.

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Steve Sarkisian and Leon Herndon will be leading the scientific session on Friday August 4th in an engaging discussion on the new smart weapons for hitting your target in glaucoma management.  They are joined by Mildred Olivier, Scott Lawrence and Matt Cooke to discuss the latest MIGS surgeries.  Topics will include the supraciliary space, ab interno canal surgery and cyclophotocoagulation.   In the afternoon, the first ever MIGS wetlab will allow attendees to try their hands on devices such as Cypass, Xen Gel Stent, Kahook Dual Blade, Visco360, ECP, iStent and the G Probe MicroPulse laser.

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'The following story is from a recent newsletter from Kibuye Eye Clinic in Burundi, Africa where Dr. John Cropsey and Dr. Darrell Baskin and their families serve.  

What’s the longest that you’ve walked to get somewhere?  A few miles?  Likely it was a recreational choice, not a medical necessity.  In Burundi, a country with only a handful of ophthalmologists, it is incredibly difficult to find access to eye care.  An example is Mamma Eliane.  Her husband abandoned her and took their two healthy children with him, leaving her destitute with only the youngest child who had retinoblastoma (RB), in both eyes.  Desperate for help for the only person left in her life, she walked barefoot with two year old Eliane on her back for more than 50 miles over mountainous terrain to the Kibuye Eye Clinic, hoping for a miracle.  Unfortunately, the cancer had progressed to the point that it was necessary to remove both of her eyes.

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