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


  • Certification promotes and recognizes aspirational goals, not minimum standards.
  • Certification is a lifelong process that promotes excellence through continuous improvement.
  • Certification should be voluntary, as our founders intended.
  • Certification should be challenging and meaningful, yet not burdensome to busy practitioners.
  • ABO diplomates are professionals and colleagues, and we honor them accordingly.
  • The ABO stewards its finances with integrity and transparency.
  • 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.