Why Choose a Board Certified Optometrist?

Board Certification goes above and beyond basic medical licensure. Doctors of Optometry who are certified by the American Board of Optometry have voluntarily committed to maintaining nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and skills to provide the highest quality care.

Grad School

Optometry School Graduate

  • Meet Degree Requirements
  • Complete Clinical Externship
  • 4 Years of Optometry Education
State Licensed

State Licensed

  • Optometry School Graduate
  • 0-15 Hours of Continuing Education per Year
  • Minimum Competency to Practice
  • Pass State Board Exam
Board Certified

Board Certified

  • Optometry School Graduate
  • State Licensed
  • Knowledge Assessment Every 4 Months
  • 33 Hours of Continuing Education per Year
  • Additional Study - Pass Rigorous Clinical Exam


Check Board Certification Status

By going through the voluntary process of becoming board certified, our Diplomates demonstrate competence beyond entry level.

Upcoming Events

Stay in the know about exams, training, and more by visiting our events page.

Academy 2023 New Orleans

Oct 11, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - Oct 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm CDT
ABO will be attending Academy in New Orleans October 11 - 13, 2023. Please stop by booth 609 to learn...
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Webinar: Pediatrics Made Easy: Tips for Pediatric Eye Exams and Prescribing

Nov 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Presented by Jenelle Mallios, OD. The goal of this course is to help primary care optometrists be comfortable in managing...
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Spring Exam Window

Feb 1, 2024 @ 8:00 am - Mar 31, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CST
The next administration of the board certification exam will be February 1 - March 31, 2024. Applications may be submitted...
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