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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Our Work

The World Council works on behalf of our members to further the development of optometry globally. We all recognize that a wide variation in the scope of practice and levels of education of optometrists exists around the world, but through our work with WCO members, we understand that all regions are working diligently to move the professional scope of optometry forward in their jurisdictions.     

 We have a common goal to serve the eye care needs of the public by working towards making quality eye health and vision care accessible to all.   

This work is accomplished through our volunteer committee structure and is geared towards supporting this goal and our members in their work. The activities below have been produced by the WCO committees and office. To view members of each committee, please click here.


Some of our activities and programs over the past year: 

  • Continuing Education 
  • WHO Package of Eye Care Interventions (PECI) 
    •  WCO was asked to participate in development 
    •  a WHO resource containing evidence-based eye care interventions that can be used by countries to plan, budget and integrate eye care interventions  
  • Established an Educator Mentorship Fellowship Program 
    • Will match faculty/instructors from established schools of optometry with faculty from WCO member schools that are less established or in development. 
  • Developed a Legislation, Regulation and Standards toolkit  
    • resource to guide optometrists in their respective countries to develop professional associations and a legislative professional framework and expand their regulation and scope of practice. 
  • Participated in the following International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) work groups: 
    • Diabetic Retinopathy, Low Vision, Human Resources, Refractive Error, School Eye Health, Gender Equity 
  • A Global Partner with IAPB on World Sight Day 
    • an international awareness day held every October to focus attention on the global issue of eye health. 
  • Partnered with IAPB for the Advocacy to Action program 
    • A 6-week course over 6 months, setting up the foundational areas to deliver effective advocacy to scale up eye care services to reach everyone that needs them. 
  • Launched online Optometry Program for Advocacy and Leadership (OPAL)  
    • An 8-week program for members with the expectation that participants graduate with the leadership and advocacy tools to enable them to effect change at both policy and practice levels in their countries 
  • Continued Collaboration Agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to 2024 
  • Produced a membership Pediatric Toolkit  
    • A member resource to guide Optometrists in pediatric eye care 
  • Launched a program on the Standard of Care for Myopia Management by Optometrists 
    • Presented the Resolution Standard of Care for Myopia Management by Optometrists, signed by the full Board of Directors 
    • Developed and launched the Myopia Management microsite including Myopia Moment infographics on Mitigation, Measurement and Management for use by practitioners around the globe 


This webpage will be updated on a periodic basis so be sure to check back to see what we’ve been doing!