American Board of Ophthalmology

PO Box 1887
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: (610) 664-1175


Ophthalmology is a specialty focused on the medical and surgical care of the eyes. Ophthalmologists are the only physicians medically trained to manage the complete range of the eye and vision care. They can prescribe glasses and contact lenses, dispense medications, diagnose and treat eye conditions and diseases and perform surgeries.

Training required prior to initial board certification

Four (4) years

Board eligible period (+practice requirement)

Seven (7) years

Lifelong learning requirements

  • Attest to Completion of CME Requirements.
    • Attestation: Diplomates log on to their status page and access the CME & Self-Assessment Attest Now link biannually (in years 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) to confirm completion of at least 50 CME credits.
    • CME Requirement: Attest to participating in an average of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ every two years, including 16 credits of self-assessment. One patient safety activity must be completed during the 10-year cycle.
  • Fast Track MOC Entry
    • Earn at least 250 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (within the last 10 years), and attest to completion of all CME once during 3-year Fast Track cycle.
    • Log in to the ABO website to attest to the completion of all CME one time during the 3-year Fast Track Process