Member Benefits

Member Benefits

The benefits of WCO membership for your organisation’s commitment to the enhancement of eye and vision care worldwide.

Demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to the enhancement of eye and vision care worldwide

  • The WCO logo can be used by member organisations on their communications to show their support of the vital work we do

Access to a worldwide optometric network

  • WCO is a knowledge hub for sharing worldwide issues, news and resources
  • Collectively, the 90 organisations within our network represent over 150,000 optometrists, across six world regions
  • Membership gives your organisation access to a worldwide network of leaders, experts, peers and resources, dedicated to promoting the optometric profession
  • Our six world regions provide you with dedicated local support and easy access to WCO colleagues

Be part of a global voice for optometry

  • We are the first and only optometric organisation that has an official relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • We maintain the highest level of membership of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), which entitles the WCO to a seat on their Board

Show support for Vision 2020 – the right to sight

  • Vision 2020 is a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, launched jointly by the IAPB and WHO. WCO members will be supporting this vital work

Programme of events

  • ‘Advancing Optometry Worldwide’, our first World Congress of Optometry took place in Medillin in 2015.  Hyderabad, India, will host the 2nd World Congress,  uniting representatives from professional associations, regulatory groups, assessment agencies and academia to discuss the strategic position of the global optometric profession.

Member communications and information

  • Our bi-monthly enewsletter keeps members up-to-date on global optometric news, developing issues and the latest events
  • Our website has been enhanced to provide a global source of optometry data and an extensive resource centre for members
  • Member organisations have the potential to share their news with our network of hundreds of thousands of optometrists using WCO communications

Access to financial support

  • Our Fellowship programme provides financial assistance for individuals and organisations to support work in countries needing help with optometric education, patient care, community service and organisational development
  • The World Optometry Foundation (WOF) is our charitable partner, complementing WCO’s work by financing service projects that foster self-sufficiency and long-term independence amongst developing nations

Setting world standards

  • WCO recognises the unique needs of each country, within a framework of legal standards
  • Our Scope of Practice questionnaire is a tool which can be used by members for analysing optometry. This provides vital information to assist them to prepare strategies for developing optometry in their own countries
  • Our competencies assist in the creation of teaching syllabi and statutory definitions of scope of practice

Influence and action

  • WCO’s influence in working with national Governments can achieve significant outcomes in areas where there are unmet needs for quality eye care