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 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.


  1. WCO Announces New Executive Director

  2. The World Council of Optometry (WCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark A. Bullimore MCOptom, PhD, FAAO as its new Executive Director.
    Dr. Bullimore is a British-trained optometrist and accomplished scientist who has taught optometry students in the UK, USA and Trinidad and Tobago and has lectured to professional groups on four continents. He is the former President and Development Director of the American Optometric Foundation and the former Editor of Optometry and Vision Science, the Journal of the American Academy of Optometry.
  4. 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. Celebrating World Sight Day 2015

  2. On the occasion of World Sight Day 2015, the latest issue of World Focus highlights the contribution that optometrists are making to implement eye care for all and how they are actively involved in shaping the response of the profession to make eye care for all a reality at all levels.
  1. Newly elected WCO President will focus on education, advocacy and collaboration

  2. Hyderabad to host the 2017 World Congress of Optometry Conference

    India will host the world's largest gathering of optometry and eye care professionals at Hyderabad, 11- 13 September 2017.

  3. WCO announces international optometrists awards winners at 1st World Congress of Optometry

    The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has announced the recipients of three prestigious international awards recognising outstanding contributions to optometry. The announcement was made during the WCO/FEDEPTO 1st World Congress of Optometry, 14 – 16 August in Medellin in Colombia.

  4. The World Council of Optometry pleased to announce Alcon as Platinum Sponsor of the First World Congress of Optometry

    The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and the Colombian Federation of Optometrists (FEDOPTO), organisers of the 1st World Congress of Optometry, are delighted to announce Alcon as platinum sponsor of the event. The Congress takes place from 14 - 16 August in Medellin, Colombia, and is the first global event to encompass all aspects of optometry in order to share knowledge, explore clinical and technological innovation and establish an agreed holistic policy for the sector and for the future of accessible eye care.

  5. Professor Brien Holden Passed Away on 27 July 2015 in Sydney



  1. 2016 EMCO Calendar of Upcoming Events

    1 March - 20 November 2016

  2. IAPB 10th General Assembly

    27 - 30 October 2016

    Durban, South Africa

  3. American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting 2016

    9 - 12 November 2016

    Anaheim, California, USA


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