What Is GWCO Congress?

About Our Annual Event


GWCO's annual education and networking event is packed full of outstanding ophthalmic education including courses on breakthrough technologies, pharmaceuticals, glaucoma, contact lenses, nutrition, increasing profit, paraoptometric research, and more!

GWCO usually welcomes more than 750 attendees and more than 170 industry partner representatives for an educational and fun themed event. In 2021 we will be celebrating with a retro theme in celebration of when it all began!

GWCO Congress was developed to provide an educational venue for the optometric professional in GWCO member states to come together and receive high-quality, multi-track optometric education. As a way to encourage the participation of members and state leaders, net profits from the annual congress are returned to the GWCO states based on an attendance formula.

Past Events

2020 Virtual Congress

Theme: 1920's

2019 GWCO Congress

Theme: Superheros

GWCO Congress 2018

Theme: The Olympics

GWCO Congress 2017

Theme: Old Hollywood


GWCO Congress 2016

Theme: Egypt

GWCO Congress 2015

Theme: Disney

GWCO Congress 2013

Theme: Wild West