Is Your Physician Certified?

Verify your ophthalmologist's Board Certification or search for Board Certified ophthalmologists in your area. 



Learn about the Board Certification process for ophthalmologists, including eligibility, requirements, the Written Qualifying Examination, and the Oral Examination.



Review the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process, including required components, available activities, and timelines for lifelong learning and continuous quality improvement.


About the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)

The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization and the nation's oldest medical specialty certifying board, founded in 1916. Our mission is to serve the public by improving the quality of ophthalmic practice through a process of certification and Maintenance of Certification that fosters excellence and encourages continual learning. The ABO is one of 24 medical specialty certifying boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

News and Alerts

March 25, 2014 Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) Information

The 2014 Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) will be held on March 25, 2014 at nationally distributed Prometric Test Centers. For more information about what to expect on the day of your test, please click here.

2014 MOC Activities Are Now Available

Access to 2014 MOC activities is now available via your MOC Status Page. You will be notified via email on or after February 19th of your specific eligibility and/or requirements for the Practice Improvement Modules (PIMs), Periodic Ophthalmic Review Tests (PORTs), and the 2014 Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) examination. Please log into the ABO website and confirm that your contact information is correct to ensure that you receive this notice. Contact with any questions.

The Wall Street Journal Asks, "How Qualified is Your Doctor?"

The Wall Street Journal article "How Qualified Is Your Doctor?" focuses on how American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards like the American Board of Ophthalmology use Maintenance of Certification to encourage patient safety and help physicians stay up-to-date in knowledge and skills. The article quotes several board certified physicians who have used Part 4 practice improvement activities to make a meaningful difference in their practice, including Wisconsin dermatologist Dr. Erik Stratman:

[Dr. Stratman]...says a project he undertook to meet the American Board of Dermatology's requirements has helped improve his medical practice. Dr. Stratman treats many psoriasis patients, who are at increased risk for heart attacks, high cholesterol and diabetes. In reviewing data for the project, he found that patients weren't being regularly screened for those diseases and 40% didn't have a primary-care doctor who could follow up. He says his medical team has been working to manage those patients more closely or connect them to primary care.

"Taking a single test at a single point in time [to get certified] doesn't mean you are forever ready to practice in the current era of medicine," Dr. Stratman says.

Click here to read the article.

New Clinically Inactive Status Policy

If you are no longer in active practice, but still wish to maintain your Board Certification, the ABO now offers Clinically Inactive Status to eligible diplomates. Click here to learn more about the policy and apply for Clinically Inactive Status.