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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The WCO envisions a world where optometry makes high quality eye health and vision care accessible to all people. This vision is not possible without the support of our members who enable WCO to provide resources and guidance to advance optometric education and legislation around the world.

With memberships for optometric organizations and individuals, WCO reflects a global community of those who are willing to support WCO in facilitating the development of global optometry and promoting eye health and vision care as a human right. This is achieved through advocacy, education, policy development and the promotion of sustainable eye care services and is intended to facilitate the development of optometry and optometrists around the world.

By becoming a member, you will play an important part in supporting the development and advancement of global optometry as well as being able to take advantage of the many membership benefits.  Benefits vary depending on the membership categories.

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the World Council of Optometry!

Membership Types

Individual membership is open to individuals associated with the optometric profession, defined as vision scientists, optometric faculty, researchers, and eye care industry professionals

Country membership is for national associations for optometry

Affiliate membership is open to organizations and institutions that represent special optometric interests, but do not satisfy all the conditions of a Country membership

Corporate membership is open to commercial organizations/corporations that are not otherwise eligible for Country membership or Affiliate membership

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.

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