Increased clinical knowledge
While studying for the American Board of Optometry Board Certification examination, Active Candidates often comment on how much they appreciate the process. Not only does it highlight the vast body of knowledge one has been exposed to in school and especially in practice, but the review is often put into immediate use in the daily care of patients.
Staying on the cutting edge of technology
The American Board of Optometry Board Certification examination strives to include information on new technology in eye care. This is especially helpful for doctors who graduated before this technology was available, including new instrumentation, diagnostic techniques and pharmacologic agents.
Improved patient care
By studying for the American Board of Optometry examination and maintaining certification through MOC activities, ODs increase their confidence and ability to deliver quality patient care. With patients’ eye health at stake, Diplomates find these educational requirements especially beneficial.
Increased patient confidence
Patients need to know that their doctors are doing everything possible to keep up with the latest information in their particular health care fields. These efforts usually translate to better care. When patients receive better care, they gain confidence in their providers and are more likely to remain loyal by becoming lifelong patients. They also share their experiences with others, which increases the chances of a continually growing and vibrant practice.
In 2014, for the fourth year in a row, the American Board of Optometry qualified for purposes of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Incentive. Physicians have the opportunity to earn the PQRS incentive, and a bonus incentive of 0.5%, by participating in additional activities of a qualified MOC program, including a practice assessment module and patient experience-of-care survey. The American Board of Optometry expects to again qualify for this program in future years. Learn more.
If you have questions regarding Board Certification benefits, please contact the American Board of Optometry.