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Introducing the CAQ!

ABO is pleased to offer the Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) credential to Diplomates who demonstrate advanced knowledge and expertise, and who provide patient care with emphasis on, and commitment to, these focused areas of optometry.


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ABO Sponsors Learning Through Clinical Care - Student Case Contest

Submissions accepted May 1 - 31, 2024. Open to all 3rd & 4th year optometry students who are involved in direct patient care. First place winner receives $750 and a publishing opportunity and runner up receives $300 and a publishing opportunity. Winners will be announced at Optometry's Meeting in June. For complete contest overview, rules and submission guidelines, click below. 

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By the numbers: Neuro-ophthalmic CAP Summary

Analysis of the Spring 2024 CAP assessment is complete and the results are shared below. ABO Diplomates who took the assessment may be curious about their performance in comparison to their colleagues or may be interested in survey responses showing the impact of the readings on Diplomates’ patient care.

Passing rate: 96.1%
Average score: 91.0% (22.8/25 questions correct)

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Diplomate Spotlight - Dr. Sean Berensen

Sean Berensen, OD serves as a Major in the United States Air Force where he practices in the optometry clinic at 35th Medical Group in Misawa, Japan. He has received two Air Force Commendation Medals and three Meritorious Service Medals for outstanding service to the Air Force and country. 

"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

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Webinar: Contact Lens Management of Presbyopia

Jul 25, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Join us on Thursday, July 25th when Susan Resnick, OD, presents a course on Contact Lens Management of Presbyopia. Dr. Resnick is a graduate 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?

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