According to the Academy's bylaws, each Academy Section is required to establish a Diplomate program to provide an avenue for distinction achieved by doctors of optometry who strive to attain a level of excellence beyond the regular American Academy of Optometry Fellowship program. Candidates for becoming a Diplomate must be current Fellows of the Academy.
For more information on becoming a Diplomate, visit the appropriate Section webpage:
- Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry
- Cornea Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies
- Low Vision
- Optometric Education
- Primary Care
- Public Health & Environmental Vision
- Vision Science
Once Diplomate status is obtained, there is a Diplomate Renewal Process that must be achieved every five years in order to maintain Diplomate status.