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Dr. Abe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

In qualifying for and maintaining fellowship, individuals are evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence. The letters "FAAO" (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry) after an optometrist's, scientist's or other qualified person's name signify to colleagues and patients that rigorous qualifications for fellowship have been met. Only ten percent of US optometrists achieve Fellowship in the Academy.

Dr. Abe is a Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control.

The International Orthokeratology Academy is the Gold standard for practitioners of orthokeratology and myopia management, formed to support, promote and advance orthokeratology(ortho-k) and myopia management by providing quality education and scientific information on the subject of this specialty to all its members. Less than one percent of U.S. optometrists have achieved Fellowship in the Academy. Fellowship status in the Academy is determined by doctor experience and expertise and follows a rigorous case evaluation and testing procedure. Those orthokeratologists who achieve Fellowship status are committed to adhering to the highest standards of care in this specialty.

Dr. Abe has completed the complete series of the Brien Holden Vision Institute's Managing Myopia Courses

The Brien Holden Vision Institute has been a worldwide leader in eye care education for the past 30 years. The myopia education program was created to revolutionise the professionís understanding of myopia management, providing the newest data, clinical management techniques and communication strategies for practitioners to change the way they manage myopia.

The Managing Myopia courses take the latest advances in research and makes them clinically relevant for eye care practitioners and aims to give practitioners tools and strategies with myopia management cases that are more complex

Dr. Abe served as a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

Professional licensing examinations are an important way for states to ensure that all health care practitioners who gain licensure to practice are competent as determined by exacting professional standards. By serving as an Examiner, Dr. Abe has participated in the important assessment process that is required for professional licensure.

  • Dr. Abe also served as the medical records (ophthalmology and optometry) auditor for SafeGuard and Health Net Vision for the Bay Area.

  • Dr. Abe has received the Optometric Recognition Award (ORA) from 2002-2006, and from 2008-2012 given by the American Optometric Association for continuing education. The ORA Program encourages the pursuit of continuing education (CE) beyond the requirements of state licensing boards and is designed to recognize and stimulate doctors of optometry in their CE efforts with the objective of improving the quality of optometric care (unfortunately the ORA Program is no longer being offered).

  • Dr. Abe is a certified to prescribe several orthokeratology (ortho-k) lens designs including Paragon CRT, VST, and WAVE custom CAD/CAM ortho-k lenses, and is proud to be one of only a few Certified WAVE Designer practices in the Bay Area. WAVE lenses are also used in other specialty designs including lenses for keratoconus, bifocal/multifocal, and post-LASIK/refractive surgery.

  • Dr. Abe is a participating provider in the California Vision Foundation (CVF). The California Vision Project is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income, uninsured families throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and low cost glasses.

  • Dr. Abe is a contributor to the Research to Prevent Blindness organization, and to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Memberships / Affiliations

  • American Academy of Optometry: Fellow
  • International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control : Fellow
  • International Myopia Institute
  • International Society for Advanced Orthokeratology
  • California Optometric Laser Associates
  • American Optometric Association (-2021), California Optometric Association (-2021), Bay Area Optometric Council
  • Santa Clara County Optometric Society (-2021):Past-Trustee, Past-Membership Chair
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity (U.C. Davis): Founding Father
  • University of California, Davis Alumni Association: Life Member


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