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Types of membership

Membership of WCO is open to organisations and individuals around the world, and comes with many benefits.

There are four categories of membership; associate, affiliate, corporate and individual.

Associate membership

For associate membership, organisations must:

  • represent optometrists in a country, or a state with national significance
  • have a written constitution or governing document
  • endorse the WCO Concept of Optometry
  • become a member of its regional organisation within three years of gaining WCO membership.

Our associate members include the the Israel Council of Optometrists, Asociación de Profesionales Optómetras Argentina (APO) and the Swedish Optometric Association.

Affiliate membership

Affiliate membership is open to individual organisations and institutions that represent special optometric interests, but do not satisfy all the conditions of associate memberships.

Our affiliate members include Illinois College of Optometry (USA), Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (India), and Universidade Lurio (Mozambique).

Corporate membership

Corporate membership is open to commercial organisations that are not otherwise eligible for Associate or Affiliate membership and have a recognised and approved business relationship with an Associate, Affiliate or Individual member. Corporate members must endorse the WCO concept of optometry and support WCO's vision and mission. The fee for Corporate membership is $900 per annum.

For more information on corporate membership please email natalie.briggs@worldoptometry.org 

Individual membership

Individual membership will be open to individual optometrists (as defined by WCO), vision scientists, faculty, researchers and eye care industry professionals. The cost of individual membership is $100 and $50 if the individual member is from a developing country. 

For more information on corporate membership please email natalie.briggs@worldoptometry.org

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Member resources

We have produced a brochure and presentation for members to use to help them explain to people in their region who we are and what we do.

These are available to download below.

  About WCO brochure

An introduction to WCO presentation

If you have any questions, please contact enquiries@worldoptometry.org