• 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.

World Glaucoma Week Update from the IAPB

  News from the IAPB – 12-18 March 2017 was World Glaucoma Week (WGW); a global initiative to raise awareness of glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness. About 50% of all glaucoma cases are undiagnosed in developed countries; this figure is as high as 90% in the developing parts of the world. It is estimated that the number