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Recent News

March 2021 Calendar

January 2021 Exam Moved to March 2021

ABO is excited to announce that the board certification exam will be administered at Scantron testing centers throughout the US beginning in 2021. 


Expanding Exam Access & Other News

Big news for our military candidates! With our transition to Scantron for exam delivery, ABO is excited to announce that the board certification exam will now be available to optometrists serving in the US military overseas.

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Diplomate Spotlight - Cory Seyler, OD

An ABO Diplomate since 2011, Dr. Cory Seylar believes board certification places optometry on a more equal field with other medical professions where board certification has existed for decades.

"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.

May 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Webinar: Nutrition and the Retina

Presented by Pinakin Davey, PhD, OD. Dr. Davey is a tenured Professor and Director of Research at Western University 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.