Video Introduction by Prof Kovin Naidoo:


International Guest Speakers Highlight Programme at World Class Twin Conferences:
Durban is set to play host to 40 nations and their global leaders in eye care and vision correction, at the World Congress on Refractive Error (WCRE) and the World Conference on Optometric Education (WCOE), kicking off in September this year in South Africa.

Early Welcome Reception on 19 September 2010:
* Early Welcome Reception on 19 September 2010 * Venue: Moyo Restaurant * Address: Ushaka Pier, Durban * Time: Please arrive 17:15 for 17:30 * Coach shuttles depart between 19:30 and 20:00

Message from Conference Chair:
"We need new and innovative ways of thinking to develop the solutions to meet the eye care needs of our world." World Congress on Refractive Error Conference Chair, Professor Kovin Naidoo

Welcome   Programme

One great location… one week… two big conferences

For the first time the World Congress of Refractive Error and the Sixth World Conference on Optometric Education will run consecutively over one week, hosted in the stunning seaside location of Durban, South Africa. Special guest speakers are now confirmed – see the programmes.

News update

Durban, South Africa, 20 September 2010: Avoidable blindness and vision impairment was the focus of international leaders from the development, human rights, environment, education and eye care sectors at an international conference in Durban today. Addressing the World Congress on Refractive Error (WCRE), the panel of experts argued that vision impairment is not simply a major health problem, but its impact in developing communities is much broader, contributing to poverty and restricting economic development. The panel including Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, from African Monitor, Lalita Ramdas, Former President of the International Council for Adult Education, social campaigner Zanele Twala from ActionAid International and noted human rights campaigner Noel Kututwa from Amnesty International.

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The World Congress on Refractive Error; Vision Correction Broadening the Development Agenda, will bring together leaders in optometric and development fields to define global eye care priorities and build strategies to achieve sustainable, integrated solutions that transcend the boundaries of eye care and encompass social, political and economic solutions. Find out more.

The World Conference on Optometric Education enables optometric educators, from around the world, the opportunity to examine practice modes, share teaching methods and build relationships towards mutual cooperation in educational design, research and implementation. Find out more about the 2010 theme, Meeting Society's needs; Challenges and Trends in Optometric Education.

World Council of Optometry President, Dean and Chair of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Professor of Optometry at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Woo, along with distinguished guests will open the World Conference on Optometric Education. Improvement in quality and availability of vision and eye care globally is directly related to the continued growth of optometric educational programmes. Professor Woo will outline how the Conference plays a strategic role in bringing educators from around the world together to share recent advancements and address future optometric education needs.

Featured Events

Enjoy the Welcome Cocktail Party in Moyo Restaurant's lively atmosphere and start your congress experience in a social way on the evening prior to registration, 19 September.

Share a table with your international colleagues at the exciting combined conference Gala Dinner,
22 September – a fantastic opportunity to network and discuss ideas.