Our mission is to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach.

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Individual Membership

Individual Membership is open to individual optometrists (as defined by WCO), vision scientists, faculty, researchers, and eye care industry professionals. Your Individual Membership contributes to advancing optometric education and legislation around the world.

Individual Members must:

If you are not already a member of your national organization, we encourage you to join the national organization in your country in order to support the development of optometry both nationally and internationally.

Optometry Students

If you are currently a student, you are eligible to sign up for our Student Connection to receive WCO communications. We look forward to your contributions to the optometric field and having you join WCO as an individual Member upon graduation.

Individual Membership Benefits

  • Official Membership Letter and Certificate
  • Ability to attend and contribute to open sessions including the General Assembly
  • Right to use the WCO logo to show your support of global optometry
  • E-news and Members-only communications
  • Right to apply for WCO Fellowships for innovative global optometric initiatives

Membership Dues

Individual Membership dues will be $50 USD or $100 USD per year based on country of residence and World Bank category.

The WCO annual membership cycle runs from January 1st-December 31st. If you apply for membership after September 1, your membership dues will be prorated on a monthly basis.

Apply for Individual Membership

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If you have any questions, please contact us.