WCO to relocate to the US

The World Council of Optometry confirms in US relocation

WCO to relocate to the US
The World Council of Optometry (WCO) will relocate its offices to the headquarters of the American Optometric Association (AOA) in the US, it has been confirmed. 

For the past seven years the WCO has been hosted by the College of Optometrists, its associate member in the UK. The move from London to St Louis is expected to be completed this autumn. 

The WCO has 90 member organisations and represents over 2,000 optometrists in 54 countries around the world. It works to “facilitate the development of optometry around the world and supports optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach.”

Speaking about the move, president of the WCO, Susan Cooper, said: “The WCO and the AOA share a collective determination to make eye health and vision care accessible to all communities, and the WCO looks forward to sharing a working environment with the AOA.”

President of the AOA, David Cockrell, added: “This is a big win for our profession and the unity of our leading organisations. 

“The WCO, which has a vital global humanitarian, scientific and educational mission, often looks to the advocacy and public health successes of the AOA and state associations for inspiration and guidance. The work WCO leaders do is important and is aimed at making a difference in countries still lacking access to essential eye health care services.”