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.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2018 Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Recipients

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care recipients. This award recognizes outstanding fourth-year student clinicians who have demonstrated excellent overall knowledge of the contact lens field plus skillful, considerate and professional care of contact lens patients during

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Did you know that cataracts are responsible for 51% of world blindness? To learn more about how you can prevent cataracts, check out the link below. Use #cataractawarenessmonth on social media to help raise awareness. http://www.who.int/blindness/causes/priority/en/index1.html

Essilor of America and American Academy of Optometry Announce New Academic Student Challenge

Essilor of America and American Academy of Optometry Announce New Academic Student Challenge ORLANDO – May 9, 2018 – Essilor of America and the American Academy of Optometry are pleased to announce a new event for students, “Essilor Academic Challenge @ Academy Stadium.” The competition will be comprised of digital competition components by teams at

Nominate a VOSH Colleague for these Prestigious Awards!

  Please consider nominating a worthy recipient for VOSH/International’s highest honors, to be presented at the VOSH Annual Meeting October 13, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.   HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: Honors an individual who has distinguished him or herself during the year by bringing eye care to underserved populations. The award recognizes a VOSH member who, during the year, has improved visual