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.

Changes in Optometry over the past 90 years

Did you know?… 2010 – The U.S. passes national health care legislation designating children’s vision as an essential benefit. 2010 – All Japan Optometric and Optical Association developed certification program.  No practitioners in Japan will be able to register without possessing the educational background stipulated by the association. 2010 – The Middle Eastern Council of

Changes in Optometry over the past 90 years

Did you know?… 1995 – Active optometric involvement in U.S national research produces results (example: Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus Study and Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study). 1995 – Israeli government allows optometrists to serve as the primary point of access for all age ranges; but must have children under age of six and adults 60

Changes in Optometry over the past 90 years

Did you know?… 1976 – First Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent (TPA) Law passed (West Virginia). Allows therapeutic drugs by optometrists. 1978 – The Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) began when International Federation of Asia and Pacific Association of Optometrists was formed. 1978 – The Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO) was founded.