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. Celebrating World Sight Day 2015

    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.

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

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

    20 - 21 March 2016

    Stade de Suisse, Berne

  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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accessible to all

We facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right.

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