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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In accordance with our mission to facilitate the development of optometry around the world, please see the below resources developed by the World Council of Optometry and other partners to help empower optometrists to push optometry forward both locally and globally. We thank our members as it is only with their support and continued membership that the WCO can provide these resources for all to access.

Why Optometry?

Why Optometry? was produced by the World Council of Optometry (WCO) and provides the case for delivering high quality, advanced and equitable eye health and vision care for patients worldwide.

World Report on Vision

The World Report on Vision is directed at ministries of health, development agencies, civil society organizations and researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from the field of eye care.

WCO’s Concept of Optometry

Optometrist Code of Conduct

WCO Strategic Plan

Clinical Care

Myopia Resolution

In April 2021, WCO’s Board of Directors unanimously passed WCO’s Resolution for the Standard of Care for Myopia Management by Optometrists. 

Diabetes and Eye Health

Integrated Care for Diabetes and Eye Health: A Global Compendium of Good Practice provides insight into innovative approaches to integrating eye health with diabetes management and control.


Curricular Support Elements For an Optometry Program

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

Additional Resources

Position Paper: Stand Alone Refraction

Position Paper: Adjustable Spectacles

Position Paper: Recycling of Used Spectacles

Optometry Journals

  • See www.whatshotoptometry.org for free articles from these three top-ranked international optometry journals:
    • Clinical and Experimental Optometry
    • Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics
    • Optometry and Vision Science