American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry

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The American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides recognition and certification of US licensed optometrists who have chosen to specialize in medical optometry after receiving their professional degree (OD) and license to practice.

Specialization in Medical Optometry

Medical Optometry encompasses the medical diagnosis, management and treatment of primary and secondary diseases and disorders of the human eye, adnexa and visual tracts.

Requirements for Board Certification

  • Residency: Completion of a full-time, ACOE (or equivalent) accredited, postgraduate clinical residency training program having major emphasis on medical optometry.
  • ACMO Exam: Passage of the Advanced Competence in Medical Optometry exam (or equivalent) offered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
  • Practice: Documented significant practice of medical optometry for a minimum of two years immediately prior to application for certification. This requirement is waived for new applicants in the two years immediately following residency training.

For more information about submitting an application please see the complete list of requirements for certification.

The Value of Board Certification

ABCMO certification provides the public, credentialing committees and fellow medical practitioners a national, uniform indicator that an optometrist possesses specialized, advanced knowledge, skills and competence in the practice of medical optometry.

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