WCO Announces New Executive Director 

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

  2. WCO recruits new Executive Director based in St Louis, USA

  3. The Head Office of WCO is moving to St Louis, Missouri on 1 October 2015. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Executive Director.

  4. Newly elected WCO President will focus on education, advocacy and collaboration

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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



  1. African Council of Optometry and Zimbabwe Optometric Association Joint Conference

    26 - 28 February 2016

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  2. Société Suisse pour l'Optique et l'Optométrie SSOO 70th Annual Spring Congress

    20 - 21 March 2016

    Stade de Suisse, Berne

  3. First EMCO Regional Congress of Optometry

    14 - 15 May 2016

    Beirut, Lebanon

  4. IAPB 10th General Assembly

    27 - 30 October 2016

    Durban, South Africa

  5. American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting 2016

    9 - 12 November 2016

    Anaheim, California, USA


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