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.