WCO Membership is open to organisations and individuals around the world, and comes with many benefits.   There are three types of organisational membership; country/associate, affiliate, and corporate and also we offer individual membership. Please note only associate and affiliate membership applications require organisational approval. Corporate and individual applications will be processed straight away.

Types of Membership:

Country (formerly known as Associate) membership

For Country membership, organisations must:

  • Represent optometrists in a country, or a state with national significance
  • Have a written constitution or governing document
  • Endorse the WCO Concept of Optometry
  • Become a member of its regional organisation within three years of gaining WCO membership.

Our Country members include the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Federacion Colombiana de Optometras (FEDOPTO), Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), Japan Optometric Association, the Swedish Optometric Association, and many more.

Country Membership Application

Affiliate membership

Affiliate membership is open to individual organisations and institutions that represent special optometric interests, but do not satisfy all the conditions of associate memberships.

Examples of affiliate members include Illinois College of Optometry (USA), Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (India), and Universidade Lurio (Mozambique).

The annual fee for Affiliate membership is US$845.00 per annum.

Affiliate Membership Application

Corporate membership

Corporate membership is open to commercial organisations that are not otherwise eligible for Associate or Affiliate membership and have a recognised and approved business relationship with an Associate, Affiliate or Individual member. Corporate members must endorse the WCO concept of optometry and support WCO’s vision and mission. The fee for Corporate membership is $900.00 per annum.

Corporate Membership Application

Individual membership

Individual membership will be open to individual optometrists (as defined by WCO), vision scientists, faculty, students, researchers and eye care industry professionals. The cost of individual membership is US $100.00 per annum ($50 if the individual member is from a developing country).

Individual Membership Application

Student Membership

Student membership is open to optometry students who are currently enrolled in optometry school.

Student Membership Application


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