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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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CAP Survey Leads to Changes

In February, ABO conducted a survey of all CAP participants from 2019. See survey highlights and MOC program changes that have been made as a result.

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ABO Spotlight - Bonnie Gauer, OD

ABO is pleased to highlight our Oregon State Ambassador, Dr. Bonnie Gauer, who is in private practice in Roseburg, OR and sits on AOA's Evidence Based Guideline Committee.

"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.

Jul 1, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020

July Examination

Registration for the July 2020 exam is open. Due to COVID-19 and scheduling needs at Prometric testing centers, the exam…

Jul 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Webinar: Low Vision in the Primary Care Practice

Presented by Kendall Krug, OD. Dr. Krug is a private practitioner in Hays, KS and a Diplomate of the American…

Oct 7, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020

Academy 2020

Don’t miss Academy in Nashville,Tennessee! ABO will be there! Stop by and visit us in the exhibit hall.

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.