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Please Note: You must first be a member of the Section in which you wish to pursue Diplomate status before being able to move forward in the Diplomate application. If you're not sure if you're a current member of the Section, please email and we can verify and/or add you appropriately.

Becoming a Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry is a distinction achieved by doctors of optometry who strive to attain a level of excellence beyond the American Academy of Optometry Fellowship program. The Anterior Segment Section invites Academy Fellows with an interest in Anterior Segment to become a candidate for Diplomate in Anterior Segment. Completion of the Diplomate Program in Anterior Segment is a recognition of that Fellow’s expertise in the area of Anterior Segment Optometry. If you have any questions regarding the Diplomate program, please contact the Diplomate Chair: Dr. Nicholas Colatrella at

Becoming an Anterior Segment Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry is a multistep process. To start: Begin the online application by clicking "Apply Now" and completing the following steps: 

i. Upload a copy of your Curriculum Vitae
ii. Complete the profile attestation
iii. Once approved from the Chair, you will need to pay the $100 application fee