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Word From Our Chair

The ABO Board of Trustees held its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida on October 22nd and I am honored and humbled to have been selected to serve as Chair of the ABO Board. 


End of Year Reminders

As 2019 draws to a close, we want to make sure you are on top of all MOC requirements and provide some tips for catching up if you are a little behind. 

NCAA Accreditation

Holiday Hours

The holiday season is upon us and we want to make you aware of our holiday hours. If you need to contact us during days the office is closed please email us at

"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.

Jan 1, 2020 - Jan 31, 2020

Exam Dates

Registered candidates will take the exam at their registered location.

Feb 5, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Unraveling Intraocular Inflammation Webinar

Diagnosis and Management of Anterior Uveitis and Scleritis, presented by Dr. Erich Hinel, OD, MS. Dr. Hinel is a graduate…

Mar 4, 2020 - Mar 6, 2020

SECO 2020

Attending SECO 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia? Stop by and visit ABO at booth 529!


Considering certification? Get started here.

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.