World Optometry Day 2018
It is my privilege as President of the World Council of Optometry to recognise March 23, 2018 as World Optometry Day! Everyone knows that vision is the most precious of our senses and it is our collective duty to protect, correct and enhance it as best we can.
The World Council of Optometry (WCO) conceptualizes optometry as “a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.”
Our vision is of a world where optometry makes high quality eye health and vision care accessible to all people. It is our mission to promote eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development, humanitarian outreach and the promotion of sustainable eye care services. To attain our vision and mission, the WCO is working with regions around the world to further the development of optometry. We are partnering with other stakeholders who share our desire to increase access, decrease visual impairment and blindness and ultimately improve the quality of life to people globally.
Please join me as we celebrate optometry and the life-changing care we provide our patients worldwide.
Scott Mundle OD
President, World Council of Optometry