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Who is an optometrist?

What is WCO's concept of optometry?

Optometry is a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated, and regulated (licensed/registered), and optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

Who can be called an optometrist?

The WCO Governing Board at the meeting in October 2011 agreed to adopt the broad competencies of dispensing, refracting, prescribing and the detection of disease/abnormality as being the minimum required for individuals to call themselves an optometrists.