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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 (formerly the Orthokeratology Academy of America).

The International Orthokeratology Academy is the Gold standard for practitioners of orthokeratology and myopia control, formed to support, promote and advance orthokeratology(ortho-k) and myopia control 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 served as a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

Serving as an Examiner represents a valuable service to the profession. 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) in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and in 2012 given by the American Optometric Association for continuing education. The ORA Program encourages doctors of optometry to pursue continuing education beyond the requirements of state licensing boards and is designed to recognize and stimulate doctors of optometry in their continuing education efforts with the objective of improving the quality of optometric care.

  • Dr. Abe is a certified to prescribe several orthokeratology (ortho-k) lens designs including Paragon CRT, VST, and WAVE custom ortho-k contact lenses, and is proud to be one of only three Certified WAVE Designer practices in the Bay Area. Dr. Abe is also one of only thirteen Certified WAVE Designers in California with specialty designs that include 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, the leading non-government supporter of eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision.

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
  • Santa Clara County Optometric Society:Past-Trustee, Past-Membership Chair
  • Bay Area Optometric Council
  • California Optometric Association
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity (U.C. Davis): Founding Father
  • University of California, Davis Alumni Association: Life Member
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