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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.

Applauds to Brazil!

WCO would like to applaud Brazil for advocating for the development of optometry and acknowledging its importance and role in primary care. Read more: https://www.cboo.org.br/artigo/ministerio-da-saude?fbclid=IwAR1q5Coh12qrHgxuR2dwyR-ac6-vrMu_lWSUv5MK4oykzcHleTrxIPE56Qc

WCO President Attends the World Health Organization’s 146th Executive Board Meeting

WCO President Mr. Paul Folkesson recently represented the WCO during the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 146th Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. One important agenda item is WHO’s World Report on Vision, which will impact each and every country around the globe. Be sure to download and review the WHO World Report on Vision: https://www.who.int/publications-detail/world-report-on-vision

World Diabetes Day 2019

Please see below a statement concerning World Diabetes Day from World Council of Optometry President, Mr. Paul Folkesson. Please see some helpful resources below for World Diabetes Day: – Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline: Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus