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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World Optometry Foundation (WOF)

The World Optometry Foundation (WOF) is a nonprofit organization that finances the development of optometry around the world to reduce avoidable blindness. All funds raised by WOF are used to support the World Council of Optometry’s programs and projects that develop or enhance education in optometry schools, provide educational materials, and create public health programs and community outreach initiatives.

The WOF has provided support in many countries around the world. See the locations where WOF has provided support in the map below.


Red Markers – Locations of pasts fellowships

Blue Markers – Support provided for student travel grants

Your donations help fund WOF projects

The WOF’s registration in the United States allows companies and corporations based within the United States to take advantage of US tax allowances on charitable giving.

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World Council of Optometry Fellowships

The WOF funds the World Council of Optometry (WCO) Fellowships which support the goals and objectives of the WCO (see the WCO Strategic Plan).

The highest priority for fellowships are innovative projects which result in long-term sustainable results. Areas of priority are education, advocacy, public health and legislative policy and registration.

WOF Board of Directors