The all-time favorite “Bad Habits - Eye Docs of Rock” band will be hosting a special benefit concert for Optometry Giving Sight in Atlanta during SECO. 
The concert will mark the band’s 30th Year Anniversary and will therefore not only be a very special performance, but it will also feature special appearances of key personalities from our optometric community including Drs. Ted McElroy, Tom Griffith, Paul Ajamian and Alan Glazier. 

WCO names Chiles new Managing Director

The World Council of Optometry has selected Sue Chiles, MA, as Managing Director, effective Feb. 1.
Chiles most recently served as Marketing Communications Manager at the American Optometric Association.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma often has no symptoms. In fact, half of all people with glaucoma don’t know they have it, and if it’s not detected and treated, they can lose their sight. That’s why it is so important to reach those at higher risk for glaucoma: African Americans age 40 and older; everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos; and anyone with a family history of glaucoma.

Major League Baseball Players Trust and Our Children's Vision Take Aim at Avoidable Blindness

 Former Major Leaguers and Indiana Natives LaTroy Hawkins & Kenny Lofton to Host Free Vision Screenings i Gary, IN on World Sight Day!
Great news!! Please join us in congratulating Guatemala for becoming the fourth country in the world (after Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico) to eliminate river blindness. In a statement from Merck & Co., Inc. (known as MSD outside North America) Merck chairman and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier stated: “We celebrate this important achievement with the people of Guatemala. River blindness is a debilitating disease that affects individuals and their families, as well as the larger health care system and the economy. Until river blindness is entirely eliminated around the world, we remain committed to working with our partners in the fight against this preventable disease.”
WCO is proud of these women who will all be speaking at the IAPB 10th General Assmembly!
ROCKVILLE, MD, June 30, 2016 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Special Recognition Awards. 
R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council’s Chief Executive Officer, is this year’s Industry Leadership Award winner.
Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, and Optometry Giving Sight have supported the development of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua) School of Optometry for 7 years to witness this first graduation ceremony on June 24, 2016. 
WCO mourns the passing of former President Vic Connors, O.D. He was also the former President of AOA and was active board member of the AOA and OGS working and developing optometry with partners, such as Brien Holden Vision Institute.
(New York, NY, 12 April 2016): Optometry Giving Sight was pleased to co-host the official launch of the Our Children’s Vision Campaign at the Australian Consulate in New York today. 
This new global campaign has been initiated by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Vision for Life™ fund, created by Essilor. It seeks to bring together governments, development agencies, the private sector, eye health practitioners and communities with the goal of screening 50 million children worldwide for vision impairments by 2020.


Denver CO (7 April, 2016): Optometry Giving Sight is delighted to announce that the Vision Source Million Dollar Campaign has now achieved its target.  The campaign, which was initiated in April 2014, sought to increase the amount of funds available to support all of Optometry Giving Sight's funded projects throughout the world, with a specific focus on the proposed new Schoool of Optometry in Haiti.  The target was achieved at the recent Vision Source Exchange meeting in San Antonio.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Peter Smith FCOptom, who passed away last month at the age of 84.


IACLE has today announced the winners of the 2016 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards to recognise and reward achievement in contact lens education worldwide, and the IACLE Travel Award for an educator starting out on his/her career. Each will receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international conference during 2016.

Optometry and Vision Science publishes study results regarding URE

Optometry and Vision Science published its article regarding Global Vision Impairment and Blindness due to Uncorrected Refractive Error.

Optometry Giving Sight announces new Global Board

(Sydney, Australia). Optometry Giving Sight has today announced the consolidation of its Global Board and Global Development Board, creating a new Board structure with 11 members. 

World Diabetes Day

Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) affects 1 in 3 persons with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and is a leading cause of vision loss in working adult populations. By 2025 almost 600 million people may be living with diabetes. World Diabetes Day takes place on the 14th November every year and is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation. 




  1. 2nd World Congress of Optometry

    11 - 13 September 2017

    Hyderabad India


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