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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 membership@aaoptom.org and we can verify and/or add you appropriately.

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.

Suggested Resources

  • 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