About us

The College is the professional body for optometrists. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance, development and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We recognise excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and by raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.

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Professional excellence in eye health

We are raising standards of optometric education and practice by providing the necessary evidence-base for optometry and related subjects through our delivery, commissioning and support for essential research in the field.

We also work to raise the profile of optometry within the healthcare sector so that our members receive the recognition they deserve and are able to play a key role in new models of primary care. 

And, we encourage the UK public to look after their eyes, and make regular appointments with their local MCOptom or FCOptom, through our high profile member campaigns and promotional activity. 


Meet the team

Our senior management team is responsible for the development and delivery of our strategic objectives and oversees the day-to-day operation of the College.


The College is a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter in 1995. We are governed by a Board of Trustees, elected by our College Council which is, in turn, elected by our members.

Annual Report

The College of Optometrists' Annual Report provides an overview of a year at the College, our successes and challenges and the ways we support our members.

Strategic plan 2020-2025

Our ambitious five year strategic plan aims to champion the roles and expertise of optometrists, support them to achieve excellence in their practice, and enable them to develop their skills and careers.

Reporting concerns

The College of Optometrists wants to ensure that if anyone has concerns about things that happen at the College, there is a safe, fair and effective procedure to enable these concerns to be raised.


I am passionate about the future of UK optometry, and I believe the College is central to the success of our profession.

Dr Jeremy Guggenheim MCOptom Researcher, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University