Experts certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology are often utilized in legal matters as consultants or expert witnesses.
Founded in 1916, the American Board of Ophthalmology is one of 24 specialty Boards that is recognized by the American Medical Association. It was the first American Board to certify medical specialists. Through a rigorous certification process, the American Board of Ophthalmology strives to promote quality of ophthalmic practice.
Ophthalmologists who qualify for certification are graduates of medical school, who have undergone internship and training at a recognized ophthalmology residency program. Ophthalmologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a spectrum of problems involving the eye and vision.
Certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology reflects a high level of knowledge and skill in the field of ophthalmology. Physicians who pass the certification exam are known as diplomates of the Board. Certification by the Board does not add legal standing or privileged status to practice ophthalmology.
A formal testing process for certification includes a two-day examination that assesses the knowledge, experience, and skills of a physician applicant. A variety of topics that includes optics, refraction, comprehensive ophthalmology, retina, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, and oculoplastics, are tested by written and oral examinations.
The American Board of Ophthalmology selects examiners who administer the oral examination. Generally, examiners are highly qualified ophthalmologists who devote their time and energy to support the high standards of their specialty.
Many private entities and public organizations specifically seek ophthalmologists who are board certified. Certification of ophthalmologists by the American Board of Ophthalmology supports the qualifications and credibility of an ophthalmologist when they serve as a legal consultant or expert witness.