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. 

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.



Save the Date for 2024 Congress!

October 17-20, 2023 | The Hyatt Regency | Portland, Oregon
More information coming soon!


Past Events

2023 GWCO Congress

Theme: Renew, Refresh, Refocus

2022 GWCO Congress

Theme: Back to the Future


2021 GWCO Congress

Theme:  Retro GWCO


2020 GWCO Virtual Congress

Theme: 1920's

2019 GWCO Congress

Theme: Superheros

2018 GWCO Congress

Theme: The Olympics

2017 GWCO Congress

Theme: Old Hollywood


2016 GWCO Congress

Theme: Egypt

2015 GWCO Congress

Theme: Disney

2013 GWCO Congress

Theme: Wild West