Kristen Peterson, M.D. Awarded Board Certification in Ophthalmology

October 17, 2019

Dr. Kristen Peterson Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

Kristen Peterson, MD is an ophthalmologist, cataract surgeon, and dry eye specialist at the Marietta Eye Clinic.

MARIETTA, GA October 17, 2019 – Marietta Eye Clinic, one of Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive eye care practices, is pleased to announce the latest achievement earned by one of the practice’s talented providers. Recently, the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) granted board certification to Kristen Peterson, M.D. after she demonstrated the requisite level of knowledge, skills, and experience. The ABO certifies ophthalmologists who have completed an accredited ophthalmic residency training program and demonstrated the required level of knowledge, skills, and experience in ophthalmology through both written and oral examinations.

Because of the intricacy, complexity, and vital nature of the eye to quality of life, the path to becoming a “board certified ophthalmologist” is deliberately lengthy and very difficult. The medical path starts with completing medical school and being awarded the “MD” degree. After this, a one-year internship is required where newly minted “MDs” are supervised by experienced physicians. The next step is a three-year residency where the doctor dives deeply in the specialty of ophthalmology. Upon completion of medical school, an internship, and a residency in ophthalmology, an ophthalmologist must practice ophthalmology for at least one year to begin the process of attaining board certification. The process typically starts one year after graduation from a residency with extensive written exams and then about one year after the written exams the ophthalmologist must past oral exams where experts in their field ensure they are highly competent. After these many years of study, education, practice, and examination, an ophthalmologist is then able to become a Board Certified Ophthalmologist by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

“Our physicians strive to achieve the most advanced training and education available,” said Byron Long, M.D., President of the Marietta Eye Clinic. “All Marietta Eye Clinic ophthalmologists work toward and achieve this vital credential to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care possible. We are very proud of Kristen’s accomplishment.”

The American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent, nonprofit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons) in the United States. Founded in 1916, the ABO was the first American Board established to certify medical specialists and is one of 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA). The board has established a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for board certified diplomates to promote lifelong learning and quality improvement through a series of accredited educational courses, rigorous knowledge examinations, and hands-on activities that require practice performance measurement.

“The certification process with the ABO is rigorous and very challenging. I believe this process truly helps ensure the highest level of patient care is received by each and every patient seen by the ophthalmologists at the Marietta Eye Clinic. We as a practice are privileged to serve our local communities and love to help people stay healthy.”

About the Marietta Eye Clinic

The Marietta Eye Clinic is a multi-provider, comprehensive eye care practice providing a wide range of ophthalmology, optometry, and optical services at 9 convenient locations. We have proudly served the Metro Atlanta and greater Georgia community for over 50 years. Our 31 Ophthalmologists (MDs) and Optometrists (ODs) know how fundamental your eyesight is to your quality of life. We build long-term, caring relationships with our patients and their families. You and your family can come to the Marietta Eye Clinic knowing there is no eye concern we can’t handle.


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