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Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort

Board member - Duranda Ash lives in Freeport, Bahamas where hurricane Dorian was sitting for nearly 2 days.  There was tremendous destruction for both the Grand Bahama Island and the Abaco Island to the east and 1000s are homeless.  Duranda reports that her staff have lost their homes completely and are needing to start completely again.  In particular she is trying to help her nurse Moncur and her assistant Roslyn who have lost everything. 

The ophthalmology needs are great as well.  Duranda reports that all ophthalmologists and optometrist's offices on the island were completely lost and the one government hospital was greatly damaged by flooding.  By God's grace and mercy Duranda's office - Ash Eye Institute, was miraculously spared.  Her one lane of equipment is the only ophthalmology equipment on the entire island to serve for the eyecare needs.  There are eye injuries that need attending to.  In addition, there are many displaced people who have evacuated to Nassau.  

The Ministry of Health has given Duranda permission to organize eyecare for the Bahamas both in Freeport and in Nassau.  Duranda has comitted to help with the eyecare there.  She is in need of eyecare equipment including 2 or 3 lanes of equipment in addition to help from those who are able to help.  A volunteer list will be started shortly.

We are raising money to support Duranda's two main staff in Freeport in addition to equipment that can be helpful for the above needs.  Board member Jill Rodila and her husband Raul are organizing the transport of the supplies for both of the two families and for the clinic out of Florida since they are only 90 miles directly west of Freeport.

Please help us meet our goal to help these staff members and family rebuild their lives.

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2019 AAO COS Breakfast Support

We have reserved a private event at the Marriott Marquis (across from the Mascone Center) for Monday, October 14th 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM.  We invite anyone to attend this special event featuring Dr. Stan Pletcher speaking on "Eyes for Mission - Mission for Eyes: What can getting involved in mission look like for the ophthalmologist?" We appreciate any support for this event.  Any excess donations will be contributed to our general fund.

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COS Membership

Become an associate or sustaining member of the COS today. Associate members contribute $250/year. Sustaining members support the society with $100/month throughout the year. All dues and gifts to the society are 100% tax deductible. In addition, gifts given in this area will be marked under your profile so that you can note your past contributions.

You may use this area to contribute the entire amount at one time or to set up an automatic withdrawal. If you would like to establish direct deposit from your office, please contact us at: info@cosw.org to set this up as well. Please note that our site is secured by SSL to accept credit cards or you may redirect to pay via Paypal. 

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2019 Ministry Fund

The society is experiencing a growth in our ministries throughout the US and world.  Incoming president, Matt McCauley, has set a 2019 ministry goal to see these ministries flourish.

The society continues to be supportive of engaging the next generation of ophthalmologists in training through grant support for our annual meeting attendance.  In addition, some of the following new ministries are being launched:

  • Glen Mentorship Program (discipleship for any member in training or young ophthalmologist)
  • Salt and Light Podcast (monthly podcast featuring members of the society
  • COS Missionary Support (regular connections and support of our missionary colleagues)
  • "Givesight" - a new ministry where patients and ophthalmologists can be linked to gospel-driven missions restoring sight to impoverished people. (launching first quarter 2019)


Prior longstanding ministries will continue and include:

  • Holding the highest quality engaging annual meeting that is family friendly
  • Supporting the next generation of ophthalmologists in training and missionary ophthalmologists with generous annual meeting grants
  • Providing venues yearly within major medical meetings including the AAO, ASCRS, ASRS, AAPOS and ARVO
  • Partnering with local members to launch Regional Refresh events in different cities around the country.
  • Support and encouragement of our European and African Christian ophthalmology colleagues
  • Providing both print and digital resources for the practicing ophthalmologist and for those in training including archives of our important talks and lectures.

We have a new goal of $100,000 to support these growing ministries of the society in 2019.  Our ultimate goal is to spiritually nourish ophthalmologists and to see eyecare practices across the world sharing their faith in Jesus Christ widely with patients and their communities.

Please consider generous support of our efforts.