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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 American Optometric Association (AOA), the Argentinian Asociación de Profesionales Optómetras (APO), the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), the Syndicat des Opticiens du Liban (Lebanon) 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).

The annual fee for Affiliate membership is US$845.00 per annum.

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 $900.00 per annum.

For more information on corporate membership please email

 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 US$100.00 per annum ($50 if the individual member is from a developing country). 

For more information on corporate membership please email

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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