Join WCO

WCO Membership is open to organisations and individuals around the world, and comes with many benefits.

There are three types of organisational membership: Country, Affiliate and Corporate. In addition, the WCO also offers Individual membership for individual optometrists (as defined by WCO), vision scientists, faculty, students, researchers and eye care industry professionals. Students are able to sign up to receive our email communications through Student Connection.

Please note only Country and Affiliate membership applications require organisational approval. Corporate and Individual applications will be processed straight away.


Types of Membership:


Country 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
  • Be a member of its regional organisation or join its regional organization within 3 years of becoming a WCO member

Country Membership Application

Questions?  Please email managingdirector@worldoptometry.org.


Affiliate Membership

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

The annual fee for Affiliate membership is US$861.90 per annum.

Affiliate Membership Application

Questions?  Please email managingdirector@worldoptometry.org.


Corporate Membership

Corporate membership is open to commercial organisations that are not otherwise eligible for Country or Affiliate membership and have a recognised and approved business relationship with an Country, 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

Questions?  Please email managingdirector@worldoptometry.org.


Individual Membership

Individual membership is 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

Questions?  Please email garryn.marlen@worldoptometry.org.

Student Connection

Student currently enrolled in optometry school is eligible to join our email list. Please click here to learn more.