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The College

Who we are

The College of Optometrists is the professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the UK, working for the public benefit.


College vision, mission and objects

Our vision

A society where policymakers and the public understand the unique role optometrists play in providing the nation’s eye care, and recognise membership of the College as the guarantee of the best clinical and ethical standards from practitioners who put the welfare of the patients before all other considerations. 

Our mission

Raising standards of optometric education and practice by providing the necessary evidence base and by supporting our members in their professional development so they deliver the highest quality of eye care for the benefit of the public.

Our objects

Defined in our Royal Charter, and recast as our strategic aims:

  • The improvement and conservation of human vision.
  • The advancement for the public benefit of the study of and research into optometry and related subjects and the publication of the results thereof.
  • The promotion and improvement for the public benefit of the science and practice of optometry and related subjects.
  • The maintenance for the public benefit of the highest possible standards of professional competence and conduct.