WCO membership offers opportunity to share ophthalmic expertise

2 February 2015

BBR Chairman, optometrist Nick Rumney, is passionate about clinical optometry and the benefits it can bring to people around the World. BBR Optometry was the first UK member of global fundraising initiative Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) and Nick is regularly invited to share his experience of optometry at industry events around the World.

Throughout his extensive career, Nick has constantly recognised the value of keeping up to date with the latest developments in the ever growing profession of Optometry - not only to benefit BBR’s patients, but also to support other professionals by sharing best practice.

BBR is therefore extremely pleased to announce that Nick has been accepted as a member of the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in the recently introduced Individual Membership category.

The WCO is ‘a forum for member organisations to respond to public health needs and opportunities around the world.

In countries where optometry is well established, we work to improve optometric services and expand the scope of practice. We also support the development of optometry in countries that need our assistance.’

There are currently only 21 individual members of the WCO - membership is only open to individual optometrists (as defined by WCO), vision scientists, faculty, researchers and eye care industry professionals.

Nick says, “Voluntary work in Jamaica and Kenya and my role as Chair of the UK National Committee of OGS has given me an insight into what we with developed optometry can do to support our colleagues delivering eye care across the globe in challenging environments and with limited resources.

“I believe I have a lot to offer the WCO through my own personal experiences and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help shape and support ongoing initiatives to improve outcomes for people around the World - anything we can do to help is always gratefully received.”

Find out more about the WCO by visiting http://www.worldoptometry.org.

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