Glen Steele, O.D.

Glen Steele, O.D.

Upon graduating from Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in 1969, Glen Steele, O.D., was appointed as a faculty member at his alma mater, while simultaneously opening his own private practice that he would run for 40 years. As the college's longest-serving faculty member in its 87-year history, Dr. Steele has specialized in pediatric service with a focus on the vision care needs of infants and young children. In 2012, SCO established the Developmental Vision Endowed Scholarship in his name, which recognizes students who are dedicated to working with vision therapy and amblyopia patients. In addition to teaching, he has lectured in the area of infant vision development and care at both the national and international levels. Dr. Steele has presented 27 original papers at the Southeast Optometric Vision Forum, contributed to joint policy statements by the AOA and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and has published guest editorials in many optometric journals.

In 2005, Dr. Steele co-founded InfantSEE®, a nationwide program managed by Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation that provides no-cost eye assessments to infants in their first year of life. Since its inception, the program has provided assessments to over 140,000 infants and nearly 4,000 AOA optometrists participate across the country. Conditions ranging from amblyopia to diabetes to ocular cancers have been treated due to early intervention. To further advance the exams, he developed a procedure called a "just look retinoscopy," which is what doctors use to gauge vision development in children who otherwise cannot articulate how well they see.

In addition to his scholastic contributions to pediatric vision care, Dr. Steele has served in several leadership positions in the optometry community, including but not limited to: president of College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), chair of the AOA InfantSEE and Children's Vision Committee, and international ambassador of Southern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO) International.

His honors and awards are numerous, and include the President's Award, AOA; American Foundation for Vision Awareness; Optometrist of the Year, Tennessee Optometric Association; Top 10 Optometrists of the Decade, Optometric Management; Lifetime Achievement Award, Southern College of Optometry; E.B. Alexander Optometric Fellowship to the Gesell Institute of Child Development; John Streff Award, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association; Robert Rosenthal Award, Joint Conference on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry; G.N. Getman Award, College of Optometrists in Vision Development; Lifetime of Service Award, Prevent Blindness Tennessee; Armand Bastient Award for International Accomplishments, International Congress of Behavioral Optometry; Witelo Award, Visual System University of Medical Practice; William Feinbloom Award, American Academy of Optometry; Visionary Award, Tennessee Public Health Association; and the Skeffington-Alexander International Award, International Congress of Behavioral Health.

His diligent service to his community includes volunteering for the American Academy for Human Development, Memphis Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, American Red Cross, and Tennessee Special Olympics, among many other organizations. 

Dr. Steele's contributions have made a difference for tens of thousands of children nationwide through InfantSEE, thousands of optometrists through mentorship at SCO, and countless others through the time he gives to the organizations for which he volunteers.