To serve the public by certifying ophthalmologists through the verification of competencies.

Guiding Principles

  1. Certification promotes and recognizes aspirational goals, not minimum standards.
  2. Certification is a lifelong process that promotes excellence through continuous improvement.
  3. Certification should be voluntary, as our founders intended.
  4. Certification should be challenging and meaningful, yet not burdensome to busy practitioners.
  5. ABO diplomates are professionals and colleagues, and we honor them accordingly.
  6. The ABO stewards its finances with integrity and transparency.
  7. The ABO is an independent certifying board of practicing ophthalmologists who collaborate whenever possible with professional societies, organizations, and other stakeholders who strive to advance excellence.