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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.

Section on CCLRT Diplomate Video Series

The Process of Becoming an AAO Diplomate
Process of becoming a CCLRT Diplomate
What Makes the CCLRT Section Special
What makes the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies section special
The Benefits of Becoming an AAO Diplomate
The benefits of becoming an AAO Diplomate
Advice for those Pursuing their Diplomate
Advice for those pursuing their Diplomate

Suggested Resources

• Kaufman PL, Alm A, Levin LA, et al.  Adler’s Physiology of the Eye, Clinical Application.  New York: Sanders, 2011 (chapters pertinent to cornea, contact lenses and refractive technologies).

• Bartlett JS and Jaanus SD.  Clinical Ocular Pharmacology.  New York: Elsevier, 2007.

• Bennett ES and Henry VA.  Clinical Manual of Contact Lenses (5th edition). New York:  Wolters Kluwer, 2020.

• Bennett ES and Weissman BA.  Clinical Contact Lens Practice (2nd edition).  New York:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.

• Hom MM.  Contact Lens Prescribing and Fitting with CD-ROM. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.

• Silbert JA.  Anterior Segment Complications of Contact Lens Wear.  Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.

• Zadnik K and Barr JT.  Diagnosis, Contact Lens Prescribing, and Care of the Keratoconus Patient.  In: Lowther G ed. Clinical Practice in Contact Lenses. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999.

• Mannis M and Holland E.  Cornea (4th edition).  New York:  Elsevier, 2016.

• Del Barrio A et al. Small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) in the correction of myopic astigmatism: outcomes and limitations - an update.  Eye and Vision 2017;4(26):1-8.

• Schallhorn SC, Amesbury EC, and Tanzer DJ.  Avoidance, recognition, and management of LASIK complications.  Amer J Ophthalmol 2006(4):733-739.

• McAlinden C.  Corneal refractive surgery: past to present.  Clin Exp Optom 2012;95:386–398.

• Bower KS and Woreta F.  Update on contraindications for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy.  Curr Opin Ophthalmol 2014; 25:251–257.

• O’Brart DPS.  Excimer laser surface ablation: a review of recent literature.  Clin Exp Optom 2014;97:12–17.

• Spadea L and Giovannetti F.  Main complications of photorefractive keratectomy and their management.  Clinical Ophthalmol 2019;13:2305–2315.