Section on CCLRT - Become a Diplomate

We, of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies, welcome you as an applicant. We believe that the learning experience you will go through during this process is a rewarding one. We, who have preceded you, have all found it to be so. Not only will you profit from the added knowledge of your studies, but you will also achieve satisfaction in the recognition of your competency. You will also meet colleagues who share mutual interest and concerns from all parts of the world to whom you may refer patients and discuss research with confidence. After you have successfully completed your candidacy, we hope your interest will keep you curious about new contact lens advances and that you will accept new responsibilities and other leadership activities in lecturing, writing, and teaching within the Section and among our colleagues.

Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry become Diplomates of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies when they have demonstrated a required level of knowledge and expertise in required areas. Completing these requirements shows a broad base of knowledge in all phases of contact lens practice or refractive technology. This Section also welcomes candidates who have expertise in cornea or contact lenses but do not provide patient care. These individuals are eligible for the Research Diplomate award.

These guides contain the requirements and the procedures for becoming a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry.

Please note that these guides supersede all previous information and instructions.

For the Candidate's Guide for the Clinical Track, updated April 2011, click here: Clinical Track Diplomate Candidate's Guide Updated April 2011 (PDF format)

For the Candidate's Guide for the Research Track, updated March 2008, click here: Research Track Diplomate Candidate's Guide Updated (PDF format)

For the Candidate's Guide for the Refractive Technology Track, updated April 2011, click here: Refractive Technology Diplomate Candidate's Guide Updated (PDF format)

To view an example case report, click here Example Case Report for Diplomate Candidates (Word DOC format)

These are suggested references to assist with reviewing material for the Diplomate program:

  • Adler, F.H., Physiology of the Eye, Clinical Application, 5th Edition, St. Louis, The C.V. Mosby Company (chapters pertinent to cornea and contact lenses).
  • Bartlett, J.S. and S.D. Jaanus, Clinical Ocular Pharmacology (5th edition), Elsevier, 2007.
  • Bennett E.S. and V.A. Henry.Clinical Manual of Contact Lenses (third edition).Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
  • Bennett, E.S. and B.A. Weissman, Clinical Contact Lens Practice (2nd edition) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005
  • Hom, M.M. Contact Lens Prescribing and Fitting with CD-ROM (third edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, 2006.
  • Silbert, J.A., Anterior Segment Complications of Contact Lens Wear, (second edition), Butterworths, Boston, 2000
  • Zadnik, K. and J. Barr, Diagnosis, Contact Lens Prescribing, and Care of the Keratoconus Patient in Clinical Contact Lenses, Edited by Gerald Lowther, Butterworth Heinemann, Boston, 1999