Launch of 1st World Congress of Optometry

Launch of 1st World Congress of Optometry

Founding Member of Optometry Giving Sight, The World Council of Optometry (WCO), and La Federación Colombiana de Optómetras (FEDOPTO) are delighted to announce the launch of the 1st World Congress of Optometry.

This is the first global optometry conference and a unique opportunity for anyone in the eye health sector including community and hospital practitioners, researchers, academics and students.

For three days in August the world's leading eye health experts will be gathered in Medellín, Colombia to share the latest ideas, research, knowledge and ideas from across the optometry sector. Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • learn more about differing approaches to optometry in a wide range of countries
  • maintain and develop their professional and clinical knowledge and skills
  • network with colleagues to share ideas and discuss key themes and topics

The three-day programme will include more than 50 presentations, lectures and seminars led by world-renowned experts and arranged into two programmes: clinical, and educational.

Lectures and clinical workshops will be accredited by UK GOC CET and US COPE and there will be simultaneous translation into Spanish and English. There will be a poster and video display, with abstracts submitted from students, academics and professionals worldwide. There will also be an exhibition bringing together the world's leading service and equipment providers to present and discuss the latest products and advancements within the industry.

To find out more, visit the newly-launched website at

Please note that the call for abstracts is now open and submissions close on 2 March, so be quick!