Glen T. Steele, O.D. FCOVD

Present Position:
Professor, Chief of Pediatric Service
Southern College of Optometry - Initial Appointment -1969
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 722-3284

Private Practice of Optometry
Emphasizing the Eye and Vision Care Needs of the Child
1658 Appling Road Suite 101
Cordova, Tennessee 38016
(901) 379-2021


High School Charlotte High School
Charlotte, Tennessee 37036
College Martin College
Pulaski, Tennessee
AA Degree (1964)
Professional Southern College of Optometry
1245 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
BS, O.D. (1969)
Research Fellow Gesell Institute of Child Development
New Haven, Connecticut



West Tennessee Optometric Society -1971-present (vp-1976-77)
(education committee 1987)

Tennessee Optometric Association - committee of Vision Training and Vision Development - 1977-1982, Chairman,
1979, 1980, 1982; Task Force on Pre-school Screening, Chairman, 1983;
Committee on Optometric Specialties-1983-86, Chairman, 1983-1984, Leadership Development Committee,
1995-96, Managed Care Committee, 1996-97, co-chair- TN Special Olympics Vision Screening (1998),
chair Operation Bright Start Task Force (1999-2000), OD of the year 1999, Nominating Committee-2000
Nominating Committee-2000
Awards Committee – 2000-2004 chair 2004

American Optometric Association - Future of Vision Development/Performance Task Force 1986-88; Committee on Pediatrics, Binocular Vision and Perception 1988-97, Chair, 93-97; Vision Therapy Work Group, interim chair, 1997-98, Member, Pediatric and Binocular Vision Committee (1998- present), member-Operation Bright Start Project Team (1998-99), member, Poster subcommittee -2000-2002; Chair, Children’s and Binocular Vision Topical Interest Group – 2000-present; Infant Vision Project Team, 2002-present; InfantSEE Management Team 2004-present, Infant Vision Committee 2005-present

Infant and Children’s Vision Coalition – represent OEP in the coalition

Optometric Extension Program Foundation-SCO faculty liaison, 1979-1984; Curriculum Development Committee for CURRICULUM 2000, 1993-94; Southeast Optometric Vision Forum-Program Chairman-1985; Assistant General Chairman-1986, General Chairman-1987-88; Member OEP/COVD Joint Task Force, 1995-present; Board of Trustees-1991-1995, Secretary/Treasurer-1995-97, Vice-President 1997-99, President-1999 - 2003, co-chair OEPF/COVD Vision Therapy Practice Management Symposium 1998-99

College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Fellow,1976-present, Tennessee State Director-1981-1984; Committee to Assist Graduates-1979-1983, Chairman, 1980-1983; Liaison to Students(SCO)-1978-present; Southeast Regional Director-1984-87; Director, Department of Education; 1984-85; Director, Department of Administration-1985-87; President-Elect 1987-88, President 1988-89, Immediate Past President-1989-1990; Chair, Exam Board Review Committee, 1991-94; Chair, Press Response Committee, 1990-93; Chair-Uniform Law Task Force, 1997-2001

Southern Educational Congress of Optometry International (SECO)

Continuing Education Committee - 1998- present
Developed the Pediatric and Infant Management Tracks – 98-present
Developed CE program that included President Jimmy Carter 2004
Developed CE program entitled – Managing Your Patients throughout Their Life Cycles - 2005


s.a. NOEL Center-Advisory Clinical Associate-1980-88
American Academy for Human Development-editorial board, Developmentalist, the Journal of AAHD-1982-85
Memphis Association for Children with Learning Disabilities-member, Professional Advisory Board-1980-84
Member - Optometric Educators in Binocular Vision, Perception and Vision Development - 1988-present
Board of Directors-Concord Academy, school for learning disabled adolescents-84-87
Vision Consultant-Rhodes College baseball team-1985-86
Vision Consultant-Memphis Academy for Learning Disabilities-1982-86
Joint Conference on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry, Co-Chair, Pacific University and OEPF, Forest Grove Oregon-1993-present
AOA-ASCO Curriculum Conference on Research, Birmingham, AL, 1993
Consultant-American Foundation for Vision Awareness-Chaired committee to write pamphlet on children’s vision examination - 1994
Invitational Conference of Clinical Vision Care, Conference co-chair 1995-99
AOA representative for interview with 18 radio stations and networks regarding “Back to School Vision Examinations”-1996
TOA Leadership Development Conference - 1996
Consultant for local Red Cross volunteers in developing screening guidelines and performing workshops for their vision screenings - 1997
Southern Educational Congress of Optometry Education Committee (SECO) - 1998-present - developed the Pediatric Management Track
Tennessee Special Olympics - Opening Eyes Project - 1998, 1999
American Foundation for Vision Awareness - Nominating Committee – 1999
National Advisory Board – Operation Bright Start –1999-present
Lecturer for AOA’s Children’s Vision Project - 2003
AOA National Radio Tour – 2003
AOA contact person on Infant and Children’s Vision
Rural Health Association of Tennessee – Awards Committee - 2004


The eye and vision care needs of the child including Children's Vision-Vision Therapy-Vision Development - Owner, Pediatric Vision Associates of Memphis-Affiliated with the Memphis Family Vision Practice, Memphis, Tennessee - TPA certified - Injectable certified


Recipient of the E. B. Alexander Optometric Fellowship to the Gesell Institute of Child Development, 1970-71
Second Place, Best Guest Editorial, JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL OPTOMETRY, awarded by the Optometric Writers Association, 1994, Research and Optometry
American Foundation for Vision Awareness, 1995 President’s Award,
Tennessee Optometric Association, 1999 Optometrist of the Year,
Selected as one of the Top Ten Optometrists of the Decade by Optometric Management Magazine -1999
President’s Special Recognition Award, Southern College of Optometry – 2000
Southern College of Optometry Lifetime Achievement Award – 2001
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association - John Streff Award - 2002
Joint Conference on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry - Bob Rosenthal Award – 2002
National Academies of Practice – elected to membership as Distinguished Practitioner – 2004
VSP - Regional People First Award – 2005
COVD – G. N. Getman Award – 2005
AOA – Recognized with House of Delegates Resolution for work in InfantSEE® - 2006

Lectures and Presentations

1972- Present-Continuing Education Programs at SCO on Visual Therapy, Strabismus, Sports Vision, and Examination of Children
1974 - Florida OEP Study Group
1980 - Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Human Development
1980 - Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Speech, Language, and Hearing Association
1983 - Tennessee Paraoptometric Association
1985 - Northeastern State University Symposium on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry
1985 - St. Luke's Eye Clinic Continuing Education Program, New Port Richey, Florida
1985 - West Tennessee Optometric Association/Tennessee Optometric Association Annual Continuing Education
1986 - Tennessee Paraoptometric Association
1986 - Ft. Lauderdale Distinguished Speaker Seminar
1987 - Southern Educational Congress of Optometry
1987 - Reading Seminar-Reading, PA
1987 - Participant in the AOA Symposium on Binocular Vision-Memphis
1988 - Reading Seminar-Reading, PA
1988 - Southwest Council of Optometry
1988 - Participant in the AOA Symposium on Binocular Vision-Chicago
1988 - Kansas Optometric Association Mid-year Meeting
1988 - San Jose Vision Therapy Conference
1989 - Optometric Center of Maryland
1989 - Participant in the AOA Symposium on Binocular Vision-Boston
1989 - Rapid Fire Session at the AOA Congress
1989 - San Jose Vision Therapy Conference-AOA Symposium
1989 - Tennessee Optometric Association Fall Educational Conference
1990 - Indian Optometric Association, Bombay, India
1990 - Kentucky Optometric Association
1990 - AOA Symposium-AOA Congress, Honolulu, Hawaii
1990 - Heart of America Optometric Congress
1991 - California Optometric Association
1991 - Florida Optometric Association
1991 - Southern College of Optometry Homecoming '91
1992 – Federottica - Association of Italian Optometrists, Bari, Italy
1992 - American Foundation for Vision Awareness-Annual Educational Program
1992 - Tennessee Optometric Association-Fall Educational Conference-Knoxville
1992 - Tennessee Optometric Association-Fall Educational Conference-Memphis.
1993 - Indiana Optometric Association
1993 - American Optometric Association-Annual Congress, Anaheim, CA
1994 - American Foundation for Vision Awareness-Annual Education Program,
1995 - American Optometric Student Association, Annual Meeting
1995 - Arkansas Optometric Association, held in Memphis, TN
1996 - Southern Educational Congress of Optometry, Atlanta, GA
1996 - East West Eye Conference, Cleveland, OH
1996 - South Carolina Optometric Association, Hilton Head, SC
1997 - COVD Annual Meeting
1998 - Special Kids, Memphis, TN
1998 - STAR Program at Evangelical Christian School, Memphis, TN
1998 - Great Lakes Optometric Congress, Chicago, IL
1998 - East West Eye Conference, Cleveland, OH
1999 - Special Kids, Memphis, TN
1999 - Joint Conference on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry
1999 - American Optometric Association Annual Congress
1999 - Tennessee Optometric Association Annual Congress
2000 - Joint Conference on Theoretical and Clinical Optometry
2000 - American Optometric Association Annual Congess
2000 - North Carolina Optometric Society
2001 – Southern Educational Congress of Optometry
2001 – American Optometric Association Annual Congress
2001 – San Jose Vision Therapy Conference
2001 – Middle Atlantic Optometric Congress
2001 – Maine Optometric Association Fall Education Conference
2001 – Southern College of Optometry Fall Homecoming CE
2001 – New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians – Therapy by the Sea
2001 – Mississippi Optometric Association Fall Education Conference
2002 – Southern Educational Congress of Optometry
2002 – Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association
2002 – Iowa Optometric Association
2002 – EyeCare 2002
2002 – Tennessee Optometric Association
2002 – Michigan Optometric Association Contact lens and Primary Care Seminar
2002 – OptoEast
2002 – COVD Annual Meeting
2003 – SECO
2003 – New Mexico Optometric Association
2003 – Alabama Optometric Association
2003 - Florida Optometric Association
2003 – Optometric Association of Louisiana
2003 – American Optometric Association – San Diego, CA
2003 – OEP Infant and Toddler Seminar – Baltimore, MD
2003 – Kansas Optometric Association – Children’s Vision and Learning Conference
2003 – East West Eye Conference
2004 – SECO – Infant Vision Rapid Fire Session
2004 – Northwest Congress of Optometry
2004 – Southwest Congress of Optometry
Several other local and regional optometric and related groups

Original Papers

Presented twenty-seven original papers at the Southeast Optometric Vision Forum - topics range from retinoscopy
to diagnostic codes used in vision therapy to consultation with allied professionals in the vision therapy practice.

Research and Optometry, Guest Editorial, Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Volume 4 #4 1993
Patriotism and Responsibility – Guest Editorial, Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Vol. 12 #6 2001
I Was Part of a Great Team – Guest Editorial, Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Vol 14 #3 2003
2004 - Kraskin Invitational Skeffington Symposium – paper on Development
2004 – Invitational Lens Symposium – Retinoscopy, A Video Not a Snapshot


Vision-A Collaboration of Eyes and Brain
Optometric Co-Management of Vision Therapy
The Use of Tinted Lenses and Colored Overlays for the Treatment of Dyslexia and Other Related Reading and Learning Disabilities
Definition of Vision Therapy - AOA
Chairside Guide to Infant and Toddler Eye and Vision Examination - ICVC

Contributor To Policy Statements

Joint Organizational Policy Statement on Vision, Learning and Dyslexia - American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry - approved 1997

Joint Organizational Policy Statement on Vision Therapy - American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry - approved 1999

Civic Activities

Germantown United Methodist Church- choir, vice-president Seekers Sunday School Class -1998-2000
Kewsick East Civic Association-1982-90-Vice President, 1984-85, President 1985-86
Kimbrough Woods Homeowners Association, 1990-94
Duntreath East Homeowners Association-1995-2000
Almadale Farms Homeowners Association - 2000-present
Political Affiliation - Democrat


Birthplace: Dickson, Tennessee
Married: Brenda Downs Steele
Children: John White, Todd Steele, Trent Steele