Today – Thursday 23 March – is World Optometry Day, part of a week of celebrations during which the World Council of Optometry (WCO) is pushing for the expansion of optometry.
WCO President, Associate Professor Peter Hendicott, said, “World Optometry Day provides an opportunity for optometry to reflect on its current and possible future roles in expanding access to quality and equitable eye care. This calls for optometry to consider our responsibilities and potential roles within health care delivery systems, to identify how we can make a maximal contribution to reducing the burden of eye disease and its impact. We need to ensure that optometrists worldwide possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and competencies to effectively move our profession forward to better serve our communities.”
all optometrists and their representative organisations must work proactively with other eye care professions, along with government, to make eye care accessible, equitable, affordable, and effective… the time is now
With the theme for this year’s celebrations, “Expanding Optometry’s Role… The Time is Now!”, WCO states its aim is to advocate for stronger global access to eye care and ensure that optometrists around the globe have the education and skills to thrive and contribute within their respective healthcare systems.
“Recent resolutions of the World Health Assembly and United Nations have adopted eye care targets that are ambitious, yet certainly achievable, through a collaborative approach among all eye care professions,” the WCO said.
“To achieve improved eye care worldwide, all optometrists and their representative organisations must work proactively with other eye care professions, along with government, to make eye care accessible, equitable, affordable, and effective… the time is now.”