• Professional Collaboration Across Borders
  • Sustainable Vision Care Worldwide
  • Global Education and Advocacy

Why Optometry?

In response to WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment 2014 – 2019, Why Optometry provides the case for delivering high quality, advanced and equitable eye health and vision care for patients worldwide.

A Global Competency-Based Model of Scope of Practice in Optometry

This model provides a rational framework for addressing the challenges of increased practitioner mobility across international borders and the need to promote greater harmonization of optometric education.


Uncorrected Refractive Error and cataracts are overwhelmingly the leading causes of avoidable blindness throughout the world. WCO is in a great position to advocate on behalf of patients to governments and other bodies for timely access and appropriate care.

Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD The Distinguished Service Award is given to an optometrist who has made an outstanding contribution over time to the achievement of the World Council of Optometry (WCO) Vision and Mission. This is the highest award that the WCO can bestow on an individual. The selection panel will be chaired by the WCO