Why Optometry?

In response to WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment 2014 – 2019, Why Optometry provides the case for delivering high quality, advanced and equitable eye health and vision care for patients worldwide.

A Global Competency-Based Model of Scope of Practice in Optometry

This model provides a rational framework for addressing the challenges of increased practitioner mobility across international borders and the need to promote greater harmonization of optometric education.


Uncorrected Refractive Error and cataracts are overwhelmingly the leading causes of avoidable blindness throughout the world. WCO is in a great position to advocate on behalf of patients to governments and other bodies for timely access and appropriate care.

Job Opening at the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Job Opening at the World Health Organisation (WHO): Director, Strategic Planning and Performance Management, D-1 –        Location: Geneva, Switzerland –        Deadline for applications: 29 January 2018 –     Application link: https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=1800014&lang=en&sns_id=email   Did you know, as a WCO member and/or partner, if you have job openings within your organization that you would like the WCO to post on

IAPB, ICO, WCO and IDF Issue Diabetes Statement

The International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), World Council of Optometry(WCO)  and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) issued a statement this week to help strengthen health systems to manage diabetic eye disease and to provide integrated care for diabetes and eye health. READ MORE: DR_Statement_2.0_Online