Revised May 2022

The Board Eligibility Policy requires successful completion of American Board of Ophthalmology certification requirements (both written and oral examinations) within seven (7) years of residency graduation. This policy applies to all candidates for board certification. This policy revision extends eligibility by two (2) years and eliminates a re-entry process following the seven-year Board Eligibility period.

During the seven-year Board Eligibility period, candidates may refer to themselves as “Board Eligible” and may:

  • Sit for the Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) each time it is offered until successful;
  • Sit for the Oral Examination, after successful completion of the WQE.

Candidates who do not qualify for board certification within the Board Eligibility period described above may continue to pursue certification, however they will not be designated as “Board Eligible” by the American Board of Ophthalmology or the American Board of Medical Specialties and should not represent themselves in this manner.

Once a candidate’s seven-year Board Eligibility period ends, fees for examinations become nonrefundable, regardless of the reason or date of any postponements or cancellations.