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.

American Academy of Optometry 2018 Award Recipients

Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. “Every nominee represents exactly what the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation hope to inspire in all of us,” Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO, Awards Committee Chair, said

Meet Dr. Timothy Fricke: Supporting Optometry Programs in Vietnam Through the WCO Fellowship Programme

Meet Dr. Timothy Fricke: Supporting Optometry Programs in Vietnam Through the WCO Fellowship Programme Dr. Timothy Fricke of Melbourne, Australia was recently granted a fellowship to support emergent optometry programs in Vietnam. His work for the fellowship will begin November 7, 2018 and end December 1, 2018. Dr. Fricke has been mentoring eye care educators in Vietnam since

World Diabetes Day November 14th

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) recognizes World Diabetes Day, which will take place November 14th. We encourage others to view and download the materials from the Fred Hollows Foundation to bring awareness to World Diabetes Day. What actions are you taking this World Diabetes Day on November 14th? How has your practice or initiatives impacted patients