Dr. David W Nelson is among approximately 15% of practicing optometrists in the United States to attain and maintain board certification status.
American Board of Optometry (ABO) board certification is a process that allows doctors of optometry to demonstrate that they exceed entry level requirements and are maintaining the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to deliver quality eye care. The American Board of Optometry was created in 2009 to provide optometrists with a voluntary pathway to earn a meaningful Board Certification credential.
This computer-based examination is designed to assess knowledge and skills beyond entry level, and to confirm ongoing competence. Passage of the initial examination confirms that the practitioner has clinical knowledge and expertise based on numerous patient care encounters, which translates into quality patient care.
To maintain American Board of Optometry Board Certification, an optometrist participates in an extensive process that involves approved education, computer assessments, practice improvement exercises and periodic exams to demonstrate competence. Every three years, board certified optometrists must attain 100 hours of continuing education. This is more than twice the amount required to maintain licensure in Wisconsin and most other states.