Ophthalmological Society of West Bengal was founded in 1942 with Lt Col E.O.G.Kirwan C.I.E as its first President.The initial years saw the Society working from the Office of the Head of Department of Ophthalmology at Medical College and Hospitals, Kolkata.It later shifted to the 2nd Floor of 94 Chittaranjan Avenue , Kolkata 700012 .The Society now has its own office in the Journal of Indian Medical Association (JIMA) building Room no. 8 at 53 Creek Row, Kolkata 700014 from where it functions. On 1st July 2009 additional 600 sq feet office space was acquired for the Society. It is in the ground floor of the same building. The activities of the Society centers around professional interests of Ophthalmologists related to the state of West Bengal in India. The Society organizes periodical CME meets for academic improvement of its members, fellowship meetings and also competitive sessions in Ophthalmology in various categories. It awards prizes, medals fellowship and travel grants to deserving members and has a community ophthalmology wing which is involved in creating public awareness in key ophthalmological issues. The Society also safeguards the professional and legal interests of its members besides looking after the ethical practice of the profession. The Society organizes annual orations and an annual Conference for its members.