Fellowship of Christian Optometrists International

Membership with FCO

Open to optometrists, optometry students, and persons holding a Ph.D. or equivalent who are associated with an accredited optometry school or engaged in full-time vision research. 

Mission Opportunities

Information about current mission projects for optometrists, optometry students, and others in the ophthalmic professions.

Student Chapter Information

Locate and connect with a student chapter in your area of the world.

Our Mission & Vision

The Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, International, Inc., founded in 1986, is a not-for-profit evangelical organization of Christian optometrists, optometry students, and allied ophthalmic personnel committed to world wide eye care missions and intraprofessional Christian fellowship.

The Purposes of FCO International, Inc.

  • To help optometrists and allied ophthalmic personnel become established in the type of mission work which combines eye care and the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both in the workplace and on mission fields around the world.
  • To promote, further, and maintain fellowship among optometrists and others in the ophthalmic professions who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in Scriptures.
  • To provide optometric and ophthalmic services for poor and needy persons in both the United States and foreign countries, on a charitable basis and not for pecuniary profit.
  • To establish, maintain and operate educational training programs and clinics in optometry and allied ophthalmic fields for students of optometry and allied ophthalmic fields and who are members of or affiliated with FCO, International.
  • To assist in the furtherance of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ

Our Beliefs

  • We believe in one God, Maker of all things and manifested as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, being incarnate, was begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
  • We believe the final authority to be the Word of God as expressed through the Bible, being divinely inspired and inerrant.
  • We believe that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and the shedding of His blood was the atonement for our sin and was necessary for our salvation.
  • We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead and that He will return to reign and rule on the earth.
  • We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the saved to be with the Lord and the lost to an everlasting punishment.

There are four requirements for FCO membership:

  • Acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as one’s personal Saviour and Lord.
  • Written acceptance of FCO’s Statement of Beliefs and Statement of Purposes as described in the FCO, International Bylaws.
  • Conduct consistent with Biblical standards.
  • Maintenance of professional competency, good academic standing, and personal and professional integrity.

FCO Events

FCO has adopted CMDA's National Convention as our annual conference. There are also other CMDA conferences throughout the year as well.

For more than 80 years, CMDA has been dedicated to transforming the lives of healthcare professionals just like you, so that you can transform the world.

With nearly 18,000 members across the world, our members are making a difference in their practices, in their communities and in our world. Why do our members continue to support CMDA despite the busy practice of healthcare? Because being a Christian voice in healthcare has never been more important, and because CMDA offers resources and services that you can't find anywhere else. But don't just take our word for it. Hear from our members to find out why being a CMDA member is so important and valuable in healthcare today.

FCO PROFESSIONAL LINKS

Together with Hope for India, a non-profit humanitarian organization based in Upstate New York, ClearVue Eye Care has provided medical care to the villagers of Chillakalu and the surrounding southern region of Andhra Pradesh, India since 2004.

Visual Compassion is a nonprofit Christian organization established in 2006 that is “attacking poverty from a visual perspective.” A diverse and multi-faceted ministry, Visual Compassion provides comprehensive career training in the optics industry to those with incarceration or addiction histories. They seek to provide like-minded Optometrists with quality lab services at very low prices. Optometrists can save money in their private practices while helping Visual Compassion to continue to help others.

The American Pre-Optometric Association seeks to unite all pre-optometric groups in the United States and abroad together to become a collective group of students, doctors, and advisers to strengthen the field we care for. We intend to mentor and expose all interested individuals about the profession of optometry with the information available to us.

EYE CARE MISSION SUPPORT

For Mission opportunities, click here.

A ministry of Kendall Optometry Ministries, Inc., the 1.0 Eyeglasses Inventory Program is a new automated method to properly utilize the huge available supply of used prescription glasses during mission and humanitarian trips.

Our Eyes, International is an eye care mission-support ministry. The sole purpose of this ministry is to help fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ by making available to, and promoting the use of the evangelistic gospel tract, Our Eyes: A Christian Perspective, by eye care missions and missionaries around the world, in the language of the people.

RestoringVision.org provides new readers and sunglasses to groups going to, or with clinics in, developing countries. We've been doing this since 2003 and have sent over 2M pairs with over 750 groups.

A program of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation in Decatur Georgia, collects and refurbishes used eyeglasses to send on mission trips around the world. We send out more than 10,000 glasses a year. Let me know if your group is interested in providing glasses on a mission trip that you go on. We have glasses of all types: Prescription, Non-prescription, Bifocal, Sun glasses, Rx- Sunglasses and cases. If you don’t take an optometrist with you, the people can simply pick through the glasses to find what suits their vision needs.

We can mail the glasses to you before you leave the United States. Everything is free of charge. It would also be great if you sponsor churches or groups overseas to send those glasses.

I am in my office Monday thru Friday. Let me know if you are interested in receiving glasses and working with us on this project. It is a great feeling to help someone to see again.

Tiffany Ellerbee
Volunteer Coordinator Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation
1775 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
404-325-3630 Ext 332    Fax:404-636-5549
www.Lionslighthouse.org

A Christian eyeglass recycling center for Christian ministry and missions is seeking eyeglass collections. They clean, sort, and neutralize glasses. Glasses of all types can be used on the mission field to take Christ to others. For more information please contact Amber (optichic3@yahoo.com).

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

FCO MISSION RESOURCES

Trip Preparation

Global Health Outreach offers a variety of resources to help you as you prepare for a trip. Click here for travel, passport and visa information, spiritual preparation and more.

Embassy Registry

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Embassy Registry

Passports

How to Apply for or Renew your Passport...

Passports

Meet the FCO Leadership Team

Clifford Brooks, O.D.

FCO Founder

Lon EuDaly, O.D.

Founding Vice-President

Kyle Cheatham, O.D.

President

Joe Segree, O.D.

Founding Secretary

T. Michael Goen, O.D.

Founding Treasurer

Kevin Harris, O.D

Student Activities

Joe Claudy, O.D.

Logistical Support

Glenn Herringshaw

Optical Laboratory Coordinator

Kelly Frantz, O.D.

Founding Coordinator of Continuing Education

Jenifer Smith

Program Manager

Megan Leyda, OD

Membership Coordinator

Aaron Frey, OD

FCO Missions Director

Optometric Practice Opportunities

Photo credit: kirsten.elise on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Looking Glass Eye Center is Seeking a Well-qualified Optometrist

Looking Glass Eye Center is seeking a well-qualified optometrist to join a team of 4 surgeons and 1 optometrist in beautiful western North Carolina.
Photo credit: Five-O Photography on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

Comanagement Center Position – Tacoma, Washington

Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute is a principle-centered, multi-site cataract and refractive surgery comanagement/referral center. We are seeking an optometric physician to help staff our surgery center in Tacoma, Washington.
Photo credit: w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines) on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

General Medical Optometry Opening with Missions-Minded Michigan Practice

A market-leading Michigan group practice with a reputation for great patient care is searching for a talented, motivated Optometrist to provide compassionate care to a growing patient population. We have a wonderful team of Ophthalmologists and Optometrists who work in a collegial, collaborative atmosphere and have an inspiring heart for missions.