What is SECO International & the Southern Council of Optometrists?

SECO International, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a not-for-profit membership association founded in 1923, and counts as its members practitioners in the 12 southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The annual SECO conventions regularly attract more than 7,500 national and international eye care professionals, vendors, and allied ophthalmic personnel. SECO International is widely acknowledged as the largest optometric educational meeting in the world and is the Education Destination for:

  • Optometrists
  • Optometric Residents
  • Optometry Students
  • Opticians
  • Ophthalmic
  • Medical Personnel
  • Optometric Technicians
  • Paraoptometrics
  • Practice/Business Managers

Mission Statement

"To advance eye care world-wide through education, professional networking and strategic partnerships."

The mission of the Council shall be:
To bring optometrists together in an annual educational congress, hereinafter referred to as "CONGRESS," for the advancement of the profession of optometry worldwide and for the benefit of the public health and to hold such other educational meetings and exhibitions as may seem from time to time advisable.
To publish, or cause to be published, educational materials relative to the profession of optometry in the form of pamphlets, books, or other media; and to disseminate, or cause to be disseminated, to the public or interested parties, such other information regarding optometry as may seem desirable and beneficial to the public.
To cooperate with other health professions and with municipal, state, national and international agencies concerned with the public health and welfare, toward the improvement of the common weal.