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


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

Upcoming Events

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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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Webinar: Long Term Outcomes and Recent Advances in Refractive Surgery

Apr 29, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Join us on April 29 as Mark Eltis, OD, presents a course on advances in refractive surgery. While LASIK and...
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