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Ophthalmology Board Certification Exam

The Board of Certification in Ophthalmology has postponed the acceptance of new applications for the Initial Certification exam.   Please click here for more information.

The ABPS’s ophthalmology board certification exams enable successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in ophthalmology. Completing the ophthalmology board certification exams indicates mastery of ophthalmology experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

The ophthalmology board certification examination process consists of written and oral exams.

The format of the written exam is multiple-choice, single-response questions. The questions are developed and validated by Diplomates of the Board of Certification in Ophthalmology under the direction of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and psychometric consultants.

If successful in passing the written portion of the ophthalmology board certification exams, the candidate will advance to the oral exam at the next testing administration.

The oral exam of the ophthalmology board certification exams is comprised of three to five case presentations in which the candidate describes his/her approach to managing a case presented by an examiner. Trained examiners who are board certified in ophthalmology conduct the oral exam.

Certification in Ophthalmology requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge in medical and surgical diseases of the eye. Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate knowledge in the areas of anatomy, contact lenses, cornea, electrophysiology, external disease, eyelids, general medicine (diabetes, hypertension, etc.), glaucoma, immunology, intraocular inflammation and uveitis, intraocular tumors, keratorefractive surgery, lacrimal apparatus, laser, lens and cataracts, microbiology, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular drug toxicity, ocular examination and diagnostic tests, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, ocular trauma, ophthalmic pathology, orbit, pediatric ophthalmology, pharmacology, physiology, radiology and imaging, retina, strabismus, and vitreous.