Dr. Steven Mathews

OD, PhD

Dr. Mathews is a Doctor of Optometry who completed his dissertation at the College of Optometry at Pacific University in 1979
Dr. Steven M. Mathews
















Curriculum Vitae

Academic Preparation

  • St. John’s University, Minnesota, 1971‑75 (B.S.)
  • Pacific University, Oregon, 1975‑79 (O.D.)
  • SUNY/College of Optometry, 1981‑85 (M.S.)
  • SUNY/College of Optometry, 1985‑89 (Ph.D.)
  • Theses/Dissertations

    • “Finding the position of the focused image in binocular microscopes”, Doctor of Optometry dissertation, Pacific University, College of Optometry, 1979.
    • “Spatial frequency discrimination in human amblyopia”, Masters thesis, SUNY/College of Optometry, 1985.
    • “Spatiotemporal transfer function of human accommodation”, Doctor of Philosophy dissertation, SUNY/College of Optometry, 1989.

    Optometric Licenses

    • California # 7000 (with DPA certification)
    • New York # 4077
    • Oregon # 1443T (with TPA certification)
    • Texas # 7483T (with TPA certification)
    • Wisconsin # 1681

    Professional Organizations

      • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Member (1982-2008)
      • Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmology, Associate Member (1994-2008)
      • American Academy of Optometry, Fellow (1995-present)
      • Sigma Xi, Texas Tech University Chapter, Full Member (1995-1999)
      • South Plains Optometric Society, Member (1994- present)

    Professional Experience

        • Research Assistant, Pacific University College of Optometry, with Clifton Schor, O.D., Ph.D. and Robert Yolton, O.D., Ph.D., 1977.
        • Clinical Instructor, Pacific University College of Optometry, Primary Care and Strabismus Clinics, 1979‑81.
        • Laboratory Instructor, Pacific University College of Optometry, Physiological Optics, Optometric Case Analysis, Vision Training and Strabismus laboratories, 1979‑81.
        • Laboratory Instructor, SUNY/College of Optometry, Geometrical Optics, Physiological Optics, Ocular Motility, and Ocular Anatomy, 1981‑88.
        • Lecturer in Binocular Vision, SUNY/College of Optometry, 1985‑87.
        • Part‑time Optometric Practice, Primary Care and Contact Lenses, 1985‑94.
        • Research Associate, SUNY/College of Optometry, Philip B. Kruger, O.D., Ph.D., NIH #2R01-EY05901, 1989-1992.
        • Research Scientist, SUNY/College of Optometry, Philip B. Kruger, O.D., Ph.D., NIH #2R01-EY05901, 1992-94.
        • Assistant Research Professor of Vision Science, SUNY/College of Optometry, 1992-94.
        • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Texas Tech UHSC, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 1994-2001.
        • Director of Contact Lens and Low Vision Services, Texas Tech UHSC, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 1994-2008.
        • Lecturer in Physical Aspects Affecting Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities (EDSP 5383), Texas Tech University, Department of Education, 1996-2008.
        • Lecturer in Introduction to Ophthalmology (MINT6050), Texas Tech University Health Science Center, School of Medicine, 1995–2008
        • Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Texas Tech University, Department of Psychology, 1998-present.
        • Graduate Faculty Member, Texas Tech University, May 6, 1999-present.
        • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Texas Tech UHSC, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 2001-2008.
        • Clinical Optometrist, West Texas Eye Associates, Lubbock, Texas 2008-present.

    Institutional Service

        • Departmental Library Committee, Texas Tech UHSC, 1995 – 2008.
        • Chairman, Departmental Web Page Development Committee, Texas Tech UHSC, 1998 -2003.
        • Web Policy Committee, Texas Tech UHSC, 2000 – 2008.
        • LCME Institutional Self-Study Task Force Committee, Medical School Clinical Sciences Sub-Committee, Texas Tech UHSC, 2000 – 2002.
        • School of Medicine Space Committee, Texas Tech University HSC, 2001 – 2008

    Community Service

        • Harold M. Haynes Endowment Fund for Research and Development in Behavioral Optometry, Board Member 1998 – present
        • Clem Boverie Youth Foundation, Board Member 2001 – present

    Professional Service

    • Moderator, Poster Session: 363 – Aberrations Related to Contact Lenses and Cornea, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. April 27, 2004
    • Consultant for Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism roll-out, Jacksonville, Florida, February 17-18, 2005

    Courses Taught

        • G308.10 “C” Programming in the Vision Science Laboratory, SUNY-College of Optometry (1/93 – 3/93)
        • Optics, Refraction, Contact Lenses, and Low Vision, Texas Tech UHSC – Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (1994-2008)
        • Introduction to Ophthalmology, Texas Tech UHSC, School of Medicine (1994-2008)
        • PSY5001-008 Early Visual Processing, with Rocky Young, Ph.D., Texas Tech University – Department of Psychology (Summer Term 2000)

    Journal Reviewer

        • Journal of Refractive Surgery
        • Optometry and Vision Science
        • Vision Research
        • Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

    Graduate Student Supervision

        • Neera Kapoor – Masters Research Project Committee Member, SUNY College of Optometry (1992 – 1993)
        • George Zikos – Masters Research Project Committee Member, SUNY College of Optometry (1994 – 1996)
        • Sanjeev Kasthurirangan – Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Outside Examiner, University of Houston, College of Optometry (2004 – 2005)

    Honors and Awards

        • Graduated B.S. “cum laude” from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, 5/75
        • Graduated O.D. “with Distinction” from Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, 5/79
        • Pacific University’s Nominee for Julius Neumeuller Award for best Vision Science thesis, 5/79
        • Graduated Ph.D. with a 4.0 (out of 4.0) average from SUNY College of Optometry, New York, New York, 5/89

    Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

        • Ezell Fellowship, American Optometric Foundation, 1980‑81
        • K.B. Weissman Graduate Research Award for Applied Vision Science Research, Optometric Center of New York, 1981‑82, 1982‑83
        • Bennett Rose Scholarship, Optometric Center of New York, 1983‑84
        • American Optometric Association Auxiliary Educational Grant, 1982‑83, 1983‑84
        • NIH‑Individual National Research Service Award, 1984‑86 1 F32 EY05787‑01
        • American Optometric Association Auxiliary Research Grant, 1986‑87
        • Fight for Sight Grant-in-aid, 1995-1997, GA95085
        • Aspheric Z (AS3) study, Menicon USA, 1997-98
        • Texas Tech UHSC Seed Grant, 1997-1998, #6028-78-1157
        • Fight for Sight Grant-in-aid, Effect of Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration on Defocus and Contrast Discrimination, 1998-1999, GA98042
        • American Optometric Foundation, Assessment of Efficacy of Selenium Coated Contact Lenses, Vistakon Research Grant, 1999-2002
        • Marshal Formby Endowment for Vision Research Grant-in-Aid, Correcting the Higher-Order Optical Aberrations in Keratoconus, 2002-2003
        • National Keratoconus Foundation Grant-in-Aid, Correcting the Higher-Order Optical Aberrations in Keratoconus, 2002-2003
        • CH Foundation Grant, Correcting the Higher-Order Optical Aberrations in Keratoconus, 2002-2003

    Publications

        • Richards, O.W., Mathews, S.M., and Shaffer, S.M. (1981) Focused apparent image position with convergent, parallel binocular and monocular microscopes. Journal of Microscopy, 122, 187‑191.
        • Mathews, S.M., Yager, D., Ettinger, E., and Ciuffreda, K.J. (1987) Spatial frequency discrimination in amblyopia, Applied Optics, 26, 1432‑1436.
        • Yager, D., Yuan, R., and Mathews, S. (1992) What is the utility of the psychophysical ‘light scattering factor’? Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, 33, 688-690.
        • Kruger, P.B., Mathews, S., Aggarwala, K., and Sanchez, N. (1993) Chromatic aberration and focus: Fincham revisited. Vision Research, 33, 1397-1411.
        • Stone, D., Mathews, S., and Kruger, P. (1993) Chromatic aberration and accommodation: effects of spatial frequency. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 13, 244-252.
        • Mathews, S.M., and Kruger, P.B. (1994) Spatiotemporal transfer function of human accommodation. Vision Research, 34, 1965-1980.
        • Kruger, P.B., Nowbotsing, S., Aggarwala, K.R., and Mathews, S. (1995) Small amounts of chromatic aberration influence dynamic accommodation. Optometry and Vision Science, 72, 656-666.
        • Aggarwala, K.R., Kruger, E.S., Mathews, S., and Kruger, P.B. (1995) Spectral bandwidth and ocular accommodation. Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, image science, and vision, 12, 450.
        • Kruger, P.B., Mathews, S., Aggarwala, K.R., Yager, D., and Kruger, E.S. (1995) Accommodation responds to changing contrast of long, middle, and short spectral-waveband components of the retinal image. Vision Research, 35, 2415-2429.
        • Kruger, P.B., Mathews, S., Katz, M., Aggarwala, K., and Nowbotsing, S. (1997) Accommodation without feedback suggests directional signals specify ocular focus. Vision Research, 37, 2511-2526.
        • Kruger, P.B., Aggarwala, K.R., Bean, S., and Mathews, S. (1997) Accommodation to stationary and moving targets. Optometry and Vision Science, 74, 505-510.
        • Mathews, S., Mathews, T., Yuan, R., and Yager, D. (1997) Backscatter of light from the lens increases with age, but disability glare does not, in subjects without cataract. In: D. Yager, ed. Non-invasive Assessment of the Visual System. Optical Society of America, Trends in Optics and Photonics Series, Volume 11.
        • Mathews, S. (1998) Accommodation and the third spatial harmonic. Optometry and Vision Science, 75, 450-458.
        • Mathews, S. (1999) Scleral expansion surgery does not restore accommodation in human presbyopia. Ophthalmology, 106, 873-877.
        • Mathews, S. (2001) Mechanism of Accommodation in Primates. Ophthalmology, 108, 1370.
        • Mathews, S. (2002) Accommodation measurement in presbyopes. Ophthalmology, 109(9):1585-6.
        • Freedman, K., Brown, S., Mathews, S., and Young, R. (2003) Pupil size and the ablation zone in refractive surgery: Considerations based on geometrical optics. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 29:1924-1931.
        • Mathews, S.M., Spallholz, J.E., Grimson, M.J., Dubielzig, R.R., Gray, T, Reid ,T.W. (2006) Prevention of bacterial colonization of contact lenses with covalently attached selenium and effects on the rabbit cornea. Cornea, 25(7):806-14.

    Presentations – As First Author and Presenter

      • “Spatial frequency difference thresholds in amblyopia: comparison of strabismics and anisometropes” S. Mathews, D. Yager, K. Ciuffreda, and E. Richter, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 1, 1984.
      • “Spatiotemporal transfer function of the human accommodative system” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, American Academy of Optometry, Denver, Co., December 8, 1987.
      • “Spatiotemporal transfer function of accommodation” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 2, 1988.
      • “The shape of the accommodative response function at low contrast” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, American Academy of Optometry, Columbus, Ohio, December 11, 1988.
      • “Accommodation to low contrast stimuli” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 1, 1989.
      • “Accommodation to Isoluminant Stimuli” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, American Academy of Optometry, New Orleans, La., December 9, 1989.
      • “Accommodation to Isoluminant Stimuli” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., April 30, 1990.
      • “Accommodation and the Third Harmonic” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, Tn., December 9, 1990.
      • “Accommodation and the Third Harmonic” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., April 29, 1991.
      • “Contrast Decrement Sensitivity across Spatial Frequency” S. Mathews, N. Kapoor, D. Yager, and P.B. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 7, 1992.
      • “Contrast Decrement Sensitivity across Spatial Frequency” S. Mathews, N. Kapoor, D. Yager, and P.B. Kruger, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, Fl., December 14, 1992.
      • “Accommodative Fluctuations and Contrast Decrement Sensitivity” S. Mathews, N. Kapoor, D. Yager, and P.B. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 6, 1993.
      • “Criterion-free Dynamic Depth of Focus as a Function of Chromatic Aberration” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, N. Kapoor, and D. Yager, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 1, 1994.
      • “Criterion-free Dynamic Depth of Focus as a Function of Chromatic Aberration” S. Mathews, P.B. Kruger, N. Kapoor, and D. Yager, American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, Ca., December 13, 1994.
      • “Simple Magnifiers: A Low Vision Workshop” S. Mathews, Updates in Clinical Ophthalmology, Lubbock, Texas, June 15, 1996.
      • “Voluntary Accommodation Anisotropy” S. Mathews, J. Carlton, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., May 15, 1997.
      • “Voluntary static accommodation with and without direction cues” S. Mathews, Suanne Goodrich, American Academy of Optometry, San Antonio, Tx., December 14, 1997.
      • “Voluntary static accommodation with and without direction cues” S. Mathews, S. Goodrich, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., May 14, 1998.
      • “Contact Lens Pearls for Astigmatism” S. Mathews, Updates in Clinical Ophthalmology, Lubbock, Texas, May 30, 1998.
      • “Contact Lens Grand Rounds” S. Mathews, South Plains Optometric Society, Lubbock, Texas, July 14, 1998.
      • “The role of retinal image contrast change in the accommodative response to defocus” S. Mathews, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., May 10, 1999.
      • “The role of retinal image contrast change in the accommodative response to defocus” S. Mathews, American Academy of Optometry, Seattle, Wa., December 11, 1999.
      • “Accommodative steps, impulses and longitudinal chromatic aberration” S. Mathews, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., May 4, 2000.
      • “Remedy for the Disappointed: Rigid Contact Lens Fitting After Refractive Surgery” S. Mathews, Updates in Clinical Ophthalmology, Lubbock, Texas,June 24, 2000.
    • “The effect of annular pupils on depth of focus” S. Mathews and L. Thibos, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. May 3, 2001.
    • “The Efficacy of an Organo-Selenium Coating on Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses” S. Mathews, J.E. Spallholz, R.R. Dubielzig, M.J. Grimson, and T.W. Reid, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. May 8, 2002.
    • “Clinical Optics” S. Mathews, Ophthalmic Technician Seminar 2002, Texas Tech UHSC – Ophthalmology, Lubbock, Texas, October 18, 2002
    • “Physiology of Presbyopia and Scleral Expansion Surgery” S. Mathews, Royal Society of Medicine, London, England, January 9, 2003 (invited lecture)
    • “Stability of the Residual Higher-Order Optical Aberrations in Keratoconus” S. Mathews, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., April 27, 2004.
    • “Predicting the Rigid Contact Lens Base Curve Using Corneal Topography in Keratoconus” S. Mathews, J. Bradley, J, George, K. Xu, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. May 1, 2005
    • “Keratoconus Cookbook: Chapter 1 Predicting the rigid contact lens base curve using corneal topography in keratoconus” S. Mathews, Updates in Clinical Ophthalmology, Lubbock, Texas, June 24, 2005.

    Presentations – As co-author

      • “Chromatic cues for accommodation” with P.B. Kruger and C. Fox, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 5, 1987.
      • “Accommodative dynamics in amblyopic eyes” with K. Ciuffreda, C. Schnider, and A. Selenow, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 2, 1988.
      • “Accommodative dynamics in amblyopic eyes” with K. Ciuffreda, C. Schnider, and A. Selenow, American Academy of Optometry, Columbus, Oh., December 11, 1988.
      • “Accommodation and chromatic aberration ‑ effects of spatial frequency” with P.B. Kruger and D. Stevens, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 1, 1989.
      • “Accommodation and chromatic aberration ‑ effects of spatial frequency” with P.B. Kruger and D. Stevens, Optical Society of America, Orlando, Fl., October 15, 1989.
    • “The relations between contrast threshold, lens back scatter, and disability glare” with D. Yager, T. Mathews, R. Yuan, and M. Katz. Noninvasive assessment of visual function (Optical Society of America and American Academy of Optometry), Incline Village, Nevada, February 7, 1990.
      • “Contrast sensitivity with chromatic aberration doubled, neutralized and reversed” with P.B. Kruger and D. Stone, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., April 30, 1990.
      • “Problems with psychophysical measurement of the “light scattering factor” of the human lens” with D. Yager, R. Yuan, and D. Yu, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 3, 1990.
      • “Chromatic Aberration and Focus: Fincham Revisited” with P.B. Kruger, N. Sanchez, and K.R. Aggarwala, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 2, 1991.
      • “Open-loop Accommodation: Chromatic and Achromatic Mechanisms” with P.B. Kruger, K.R. Aggarwala, and S. Nowbotsing, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 7, 1992
      • “Chromatic and Achromatic Mechanisms for Accommodation” with P.B. Kruger, K.R. Aggarwala, and S. Nowbotsing, American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, Fl., December 14, 1992.
      • “Dynamic Accommodation is Impaired in Narrow Band Light” with K.R. Aggarwala, S. Nowbotsing, and P.B. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 6, 1993.
      • “Small Amounts of Chromatic Aberration Influence Dynamic Accommodation” with P.B. Kruger, S. Nowbotsing, and K.R. Aggarwala, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 6, 1993.
      • “Spectral Bandwidth and Accommodative Function” with K.R. Aggarwala, P.B. Kruger, J.H. Park, and E.S. Kruger, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 1, 1994.
      • “Accommodation Responds to Changing Contrast of the Red, Green, and Blue Components of the Retinal Image”, with P.B. Kruger, E.S. Kruger, and K.R. Aggarwala, ARVO, Sarasota, Fl., May 1, 1994.
      • “Accommodation and Chromatic Aberration: Stationary and Moving Targets”, with P.B. Kruger, S. Mathews, and K.R. Aggarwala, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., May 14, 1995.
      • “Continuous IOP recording during Lamellar Microkeratotomy of Enucleated Human Eyes” D. McCartney, G. Craenen, H. Janssen, and S. Mathews, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., May 2, 2001

    “Modulation of Bacterial Attachment to the Surface of Silicone Contact Lenses as a Result of the Formation of

    • Superoxide Radicals on the Surface of the Polymer by Covalently Bound Organo-Selenium” T.W. Reid, S. Mathews, J.E Spallholz, R.R. Dubielzig, and M.J. Grimson. American Chemical Society 224th National Meeting, Boston, MA., August 21, 2002.
    • “Diurnal Fluctuations in Ocular Aberrations in Keratoconus” P.S. Kollbaum, S. Mathews, L.N. Thibos, and A. Bradley, ARVO, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., May 7, 2003
    • “Reverse Geometry Rigid Contact Lens Fitting without a Reverse Geometry Fitting Set: A Case Report” K. Frasier and S. Mathews, Contact Lens and Eyecare Symposium, Orlando, Fl. January 22, 2004
    • “Predicting rigid contact lens base curve using corneal topography in keratoconic patients” J. Bradley, S. Mathews, J. George, and K. Xu, Contact Lens and Eyecare Symposium, San Diego, Ca., January 20-22, 2005.

    Popular Media and Professional Press

    • “Metal coating provides long-life contact lenses” NewScientist.com, August 21, 2002
    • “New Antibacterial Coating May Prolong Contact Lens Life” ScienceDaily.com, August 22, 2002
    • “Bacteria-busting contact lens to end daily chore” The London Times, August 22, 2002
    • “Superoxides for Super Contacts” The Alchemist, August 22, 2002
    • “Bacteria-Busting Contact Lenses” ABCNews.com, August 23, 2002
    • “Lens coating may keep contacts in eye longer” Science News, August 31, 2002
    • “Self-cleaning contact lenses” Chemistry in Britain, October 2002
    • “Contact lens solutions for presbyopia” HealthWise with Karen McCay, Channel 11 News at 5, KCBD, February 2003
    • “LaserVision glasses” Does it work? Channel 11 News at 5, KCBD, June 2003
    • “Post-surgical reverse geometry lenses” Primary Care Optometry News, Vol. 9, No. 4, Pg 12, April 2004
    • “Post-surgical reverse geometry lenses” Ocular Surgery News, Vol. 22, No. 8, Pg 90, April 15, 2004