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COVID 19 Update

Following CDC guidelines, the American Board of Optometry will institute a remote work policy beginning March 17th. Our office will be closed but we will respond to voicemail and email.

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Sharing Improvement Ideas

A review of the QIAs submitted in 2019 reveals that ABO Diplomates have accepted this challenge in a variety of creative and innovative ways to improve their practice.

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A Word From Our Chair

The first year of ABO's Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) is officially in the history books for our first group of Diplomates. Three assessments were given.

"Being a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry holds me accountable for lifelong learning. It give me a goal to work toward each year."

Lauren Goldsmith, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

“Obtaining board certification after residency reflected my strong commitment to stay current with the evolving profession, while reinforcing relevant clinical knowledge both in primary care and specialty areas of optometry.”

Tara Vacharkulksemsuk, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Upcoming Events

Stay in the know about exams, training, and more.

Apr 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Webinar: All You Need to Know About Practice Guidelines

Presented by Dr. Kristen Thelen. Dr. Thelen graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 2013 and completed her residency training…

Jun 25, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020

Optometry’s Meeting

Attending OM 2020 in Washington DC? ABO will be there! Stop by and visit us in the exhibit hall.

Jul 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2020

July Examination

Registration for the July 2020 exam opens in April 2020.


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Why should I become Board Certified?

By going through the voluntary process of becoming Board Certified, our Diplomates demonstrate competence beyond entry level.

How do I get started becoming an American Board of Optometry Diplomate?

Applying to become an Active Candidate is the first step. Click the start certification button below, and complete all four pages of the application. This will initiate the verification process.

What should I know about the exam process?

Looking for cost information, dates, registered testing centers, or questions about the exam in general? Start here.