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Frequently Asked Questions

What does an ophthalmologist do?

An ophthalmologist has the knowledge and professional skills needed to provide comprehensive eye and vision care for patients of all ages. Opthalmologists are medically trained to diagnose, monitor, and medically or surgically treat all ocular and visual disorders.

How can I find out if my ophthalmologist is Board Certified?
Members of the public* can find out whether an ophthalmologist is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) by utilizing one of the following methods:

  1. Call or write the Board at:
    American Board of Ophthalmology
    111 Presidential Boulevard, Suite 241
    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-1075
    Phone 610-664-1175

  2. Refer to the publication,The Official American Board of Medical Specialties Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists (ABMS). This publication of Marquis Who's Who can be found in regional, main or medical libraries.

  3. Use the ABMS web page.

  4. Verify the certification of any medical specialist certified by one of the 24 medical specialty boards of the ABMS by calling 1-866-ASK-ABMS (275-2267).

*Except those seeking information for credentialing purposes.

How do I find a particular specialist or the qualifications of my own physician?
The ABO, as a certification body, is able to respond to any inquiry from the public about certification and the certification process. However, it is not within the purview of the ABO to recommend an ophthalmologist or to comment on general eye care, surgical procedures or techniques. Information of this sort can be found by contacting a local teaching hospital in your area. If you cannot locate a teaching hospital in your area, call the ABO office at 610-664-1175.

How can I find out an ophthalmologist's status with the ABO?
Although the ABO cannot issue statements of "eligibility" for its examinations, it can state whether a physician is or is not certified.

How can I find a particular doctor's address?
While the ABO cannot give specific information about a doctor's location, this information is available in publications such as The Official American Board of Medical Specialties Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists (ABMS) or the American Academy of Ophthalmology's
www.aao.org Member Directory.

Can I register a complaint regarding a particular doctor?
The appropriate way to register your concerns is to write to the County Medical Society in the county where the doctor practices. The ABO is not an investigatory agency. It examines doctors who have successfully completed an approved course of education, but has no regulative or punitive powers.

What are the educational requirements for a physician to become Board Certified?
Certification by the ABO is a voluntary process, and is the last step in a long and intensive educational experience designed to assure quality eye care for the American people. Please refer to the
Certification Requirements. After successfully completing these requirements, a candidate may sit for the Board certification process.

The Board certification process includes two examinations: a written examination and an oral examination. The certification application and examination process requires a minimum of one and one-half to two years to complete, during which time the candidate is usually in clinical practice or in a fellowship program acquiring advanced training in one of the subspecialties of Ophthalmology.

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