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Comfort Aids, Study Materials

Comfort Aids

The following items are allowed in the exam room.  All other personal items must be stored in a locker.

  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing aids
  • Earplugs
  • Neck brace or collar
  • Insulin pump
  • Sweaters, sweatshirts, and blazers, only if worn at all times. If removed, these items must be placed in a locker.
  • Pillows for back or neck support due to injury. Requires advance notification and inspection; contact us for more information.
  • Motorized cart or wheelchair
  • Crutches, cane or walker
  • Religious headwear, scarf or hat
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit
  • Wearable medical monitors without bloodletting
  • Chair or footstool to support injured leg. Requires advance notification and inspection; contact us for more information.

The following items are provided by Prometric:

  • Tissues
  • Dry erase board and marker
  • Calculator on each computer

Items that must be stored in the locker or left with the test center administrator:

  • Cough drops and throat lozenges
  • Oral medication
  • Antacids
  • Source of rapid glucose
  • Chewing gum
  • Eye drops
  • Diabetic test equipment such as glucose monitor
  • Lip balm
  • Candy as substitute for smoking, or to relieve test anxiety
  • Asthma puff inhaler

If a candidate brings into the testing room an item that is not on the list of permitted comfort aids, he or she will be dismissed from the exam and forfeit all fees paid.

Study Materials

The American Board of Optometry does not provide exam review courses or materials. The General Practice and Areas of Emphasis outlines provide lists of topics covered by the examination. Candidates may wish to emphasize references considered the standard of care, such as the American Optometric Association’s Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Preferred Practice Patterns.