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.

First Optometrists Graduate in Uganda

The first optometrists to be trained in Uganda have graduated from Makerere University in Kampala. The now-qualified optometrists will serve as the first-ever locally trained primary eye care professionals, providing optometry services to the Ugandan population. Prior to their graduation, there were less than 10 practising optometrists in Uganda providing eye care to a population

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