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WCO vision

Who we are

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) is an international membership organisation with a mission to facilitate the enhancement and development of eye and vision care worldwide. We do this through education, policy development and humanitarian outreach.

Optometry exists in 90 countries and WCO is committed to promoting optometry worldwide, providing a network for exchanging ideas and innovation.

WCO serves as a forum for member organisations to respond to public health needs and opportunities around the world. In the changing world of optometry, we act as a unifying voice, encouraging the launch of international projects and services that meet the needs of patients, optometrists and the ophthalmic industry.

In countries where optometry is well established, we are working towards improving optometric services or expanding the scope of practice, and we support the development of optometry in countries that need our assistance.