Richard Madonna, MA, OD
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036


Dr. Richard J. Madonna is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Education as well as the director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

He has lectured nationally and internationally on glaucoma, therapeutic drugs, retinal diseases and ophthalmic imaging. He is a co-author of the texts, Emergency Care in the Optometric Setting and The Photoreceptor Integrity Line: As Revealed by Spectral Domain OCT.

He has received the Alumnus of the Year Award from the SUNY College of Optometry’s Alumni Association as well as the New York State Optometric Association's Award as New York State Optometrist of the Year. He is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society. Dr. Madonna was formerly director of the Optometric Residency Program at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, and was formerly chief of the Optometry Section at the VA Medical Center in Castle Point, New York.

Educational Background

SUNY State College of Optometry, OD, 1985

SUNY College at New Paltz, MA, 1979

SUNY College at New Paltz, BA, 1975

Honors and Awards

2012: SUNY College of Optometry Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year

2011: New York State Optometrist of the Year as awarded by the New York State Optometric Association

2005: Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

2004: NYSOA Distinguished Achievement Award

2001: NYSOA Arthur M. Gottlieb Award Leadership Award


Sherman J, Yannuzzi L, Madonna RJ, Nath S, Bababekova Y. The Photoreceptor Integrity Line – As Imaged by Spectral Domain OCT. Lulu Press, 2009.

Heiberger MH, Madonna RJ, Nehmad L. Emergency Care in the Optometric Setting. McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Most Recent Articles

Madonna RJ, Gould J (2015) Exfoliation Syndrome. Int J Ophthalmol Eye Res. S1:005, 23-26.

Nehmad L, Madonna RJ. The Effect of IOP on Clinicians’ Perceptions of Glaucomatous Optic Neuropathy. J Opt Educ 2015;40; 83-8.

Madonna RJ. Essential decision making in glaucoma management. Adv Ocular Care 2013;4(suppl): 51-54.

Madonna RJ. The financial value of glaucoma patients to your practice. Adv Ocular Care 2012;3(1):38-40.

Gunvant P, Newcomb R, Kirestein E, Maliniovsky V, Madonna RJ, Meetz RE. Measuring accurate IOPs: Does Correction Factor Help or Hurt? Clin Ophthalmol 2010: 4:611-16.

Bathija BB, Bass S, Madonna RJ, Dayan A. Choroidal neovascularization in a young, healthy eye after LSIK. Optometry 2010 (Dec): 81:632-7.

Nehman L, Madonna RJ. Optimizing the Use of FDT Perimetry in Community Screenings. Optom Vis Sci 2008; 85:559-65.