• 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.

Advocacy

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.

WCO Awards – Call for Nominations

WCO Members: Thank you for your continued membership and support of the World Council of Optometry. The WCO is currently calling for nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service Award, International Optometrist Award and The Paul Berman Young Leader Award. Nominations are due by June 30.  To learn more and nominate someone for these awards, please