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CAQ Program Set to Launch in 2023

In June, ABO's specialty committee met in Chicago to further develop our new CAQ pilot program. The pilot will offer two specialty areas to begin; Glaucoma and Cornea/Contact Lens.

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Survey Results Are In!

Over 700 Diplomates completed our survey and shared opinions on a variety of topics.

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ABO Board Welcomes Dr. Lynn Hammonds and Dr. David Parker

Dr. Lynn Hammonds and Dr. David Parker joined the ABO Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting on June 14th.

"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 25, 2022 - Oct 29, 2022

Academy 2022

The American Board of Optometry will be at booth 1002 at Academy this year in sunny San Diego, California. Booth…

Dec 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm CST

Webinar: Innovations in Presbyopia

Presented by Dr. Cecelia Koetting. Revisiting an old topic, we look at new innovations in treatment for presbyopia that have…


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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.