National Coalition for Vision Health

About Us

NCVH is an organization of associations that share a common interest in eye care and vision research. The Coalition provides national leadership on Canada’s vision health issues and in the development of related public policy. The Coalition believes that all Canadians are entitled to full and equal access to eye care.

The Coalition was established in 1998 as the result of a unanimous recommendation by delegates to a National Consultation on the Crisis in Vision Loss. The recommendation called for the establishment of a multidisciplinary group to identify priorities for improving vision health and promote and coordinate advocacy, education and information-sharing networks and initiatives, nationally and provincially.

Member Organizations

Canadian Association of Optometrists - The Canadian Association of Optometrists is a national member organization of 3,700 optometrists. Its mission is to represent the profession of Optometry; to advance the quality, availability and accessibility of eye, vision, and related health care; to enhance and promote the independent and ethical decision-making of its members; and to assist Doctors of Optometry in practicing successfully in accordance with the highest standards of patient care. (

Canadian Ophthalmological Society - The Canadian Ophthalmological Society is the association representing Canada’s 1100 eye physicians and surgeons who provide comprehensive eye care to Canadians. Ophthalmologists have specialized medical education and training to diagnose and treat all eye diseases and perform surgery. (

The Foundation Fighting Blindness - Canada - is a national volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting and supporting research directed to finding the causes, treatments and ultimately the cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related retinal diseases by the support and promotion of research and the development of public awareness. (

Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction - the INMHA is an institute of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR Institutes are networks of researchers brought together to focus on important health problems. INMHA supports research to enhance mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing, and cognitive functioning and to reduce the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation. (

Vision Health Research Council - The VHRC is a private foundation devoted to the promotion of research in vision health. It presents the work and opinions of the Canadian investigators of all disciplines, fields and aspects of science and medicine related to vision. (

For more information, contact:

Charlene Muller
Executive Director
National Coalition for Vision Health
Phone: 416-480-5091
Fax: 416-232-2566