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MOC Requirements Change in 2023

Based on results from our Diplomate survey, ABO has restructured MOC requirements with implementation set for early 2023. Diplomates overwhelming favored a simplified MOC process, while maintaining the rigor and value of our current program.

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Holiday Office Hours

Happy Holidays from the ABO Board of Directors and staff! Our office will be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd.

Dr. Mark Eltis

Meet Dr. Mark Eltis, ABO's New Canadian Ambassador

Beginning in 2023, Dr. Eltis will serve as ABO’s Canadian Ambassador as board certification is opened to Canadian optometrists.

"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

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Webinar: The Inflamed Eye

Mar 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Presented by Luke Neuenfeldt, OD, this course is designed to help clinicians better understand the role of inflammation in acute and chronic red eyes to...
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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.