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COVID 19 Update and Office closure

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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New ABMS Studies SHow Benefits of MOC

Several recent studies have looked at the benefits and successes of continuous assessment programs. Known in ABMS terms as longitudinal assessment programs, 

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Diplomate Spotlight - Dean Wetzel, OD

Dr. Dean Wetzel has been with Mayo Health System for 29 years. A 1992 graduate of Pacific University, Dr. Wetzel considers himself fortunate to have trained under Dr. Tom Golis.

"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.

Oct 6, 2020

ABO Annual Meeting

Annual board meeting in Nashville, TN. Questions or comments for the ABO Board of Directors? Email them to We…

Oct 7, 2020 - Oct 22, 2020

Academy 2020

Academy has gone virtual but there are still plenty of CE opportunities from the comfort of your home! We hope…

Nov 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Webinar: How to Thrive in a Medical Optometric Practice

Presented by Craig Hyre, OD. Dr. Hyre is in private practice in Elkins, West Virginia and is a Diplomate of…


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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.