Organisational Membership: The Review Process

To become a member, you must accept our concept of optometry and support our mission and objectives:

Concept of Optometry

Optometry is 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

Our vision is of a world where optometry makes high quality eye health
and vision care accessible to all people.

Our Mission

In order to achieve our vision, 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.

Approving your application

Once you have applied, we will process your application following the steps explained below.

Step 1
We will check your application for to make sure you have met all relevant criteria.

Step 2
We will then forward your application to your regional organisation and to any other WCO member organisations in your country for feedback.

Our regional organisations are:

Africa African Council of Optometry (AFCO)
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO)
Eastern Mediterranean The Eastern Mediterranean Council of Optometry (EMCO)
Europe European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)
Latin America Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO)
North America American Optometric Association (AOA) or Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)

Step 3
After all feedback is considered, any relevant information will be passed to our membership committee for consideration.

Step 4

The membership committee’s feedback will be passed to our Governing Board for a final decision on your application.

Step 5

Your membership will be confirmed upon receipt of the annual membership fee.
Once your organisation is a member of WCO, your individual members will be eligible to apply for our Fellowship programme and can join our Governing Board.