The Family Eye Care Center, located in Elkins, has announced Dr. Craig Hyre has achieved diplomate status in the American Board of Optometry.
This means he is now a board certified optometric physician. To date, only five West Virginia optometrists have achieved board certification.
ABO board certification is a voluntary process that allows doctors of optometry to demonstrate they exceed entry level requirements and are maintaining the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience needed to deliver quality eye care. The ABO was created in 2009 to provide optometrists with a voluntary pathway to earn a meaningful board certification credential.
Passing the national and state board exams does not award board certification.
To maintain ABO board certification, an optometrist participates in an extensive process that involves completing approved education, computer assessments, practice improvement exercises and periodic exams to demonstrate competence.
Hyre said there were approximately 75 lecture hours online and he spent more than six months preparing for the exam.
"Health care will mandate differentiating among health care providers with regards to quality of care," Hyre said.