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Advocating optometry worldwide

WCO are developing an advocacy strategy to help lobby governments around the world to ensure optometry is recognised as a key profession in the public health sector.

Many countries are struggling to get optometry officially recognised by their governments. We are in close contact with optometric organisations around the world, and are in a strong position to help the voices of eye and vision care professionals heard.
We have recently worked with optometrists in Brazil to lobby against a new medical bill which could have had an adverse effect on optometrists' scope of practice and even their ability to practice at all.