We have developed partnerships with many international organisations dedicated to improving social welfare, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
WCO holds Group A membership with the IAPB. Our President Elect, Dr. Scott Mundle, sits on the IAPB Board of Trustees.
The WOF is a not-for-profit organisation that finances the development of optometry around the world to reduce avoidable blindness.
All funds raised by WOF are used to support the World Council of Optometry’s programmes and projects.
Our 40 years of work in eye health and vision care development have been guided by founder, Professor Brien Holden, whose bold efforts revolutionised the contact lens industry, developing advanced lenses to correct eye conditions that affect the vision of billions of people.
In February 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board agreed to maintain the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in official relations for a further three year term as part of its Civil Society initiative for the period 2015 to 2017. This prestigious status was first granted to WCO in 2006 and renewed in 2009 and 2012. In making its decision, the Board commended the WCO’s continuing dedication in support of the work of WHO.
The WCO is one of only 56 nongovernmental organisations worldwide to currently be in official relations with WHO, and is the first and only optometric organisation to have this designation.