Richard Madonna, OD

Advanced Care
Department Chairperson


Dr. Richard J. Madonna is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences and Director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the SUNY College of Optometry. He is the former Chair of the Department of Clinical Education and Chief of the Ocular Disease and Special Testing Service at the College. Clinically, his practice at the University Eye Center is limited to glaucoma. He lectures nationally and internationally on glaucoma and ophthalmic imaging. He has held many volunteer positions in his career, currently as a Board Member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society and as one of ASCO’s representatives to the COPE Governing Committee. He has received numerous clinical education awards, most recently the American Academy of Optometry’s Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician-Educator Award and the New York State Optometric Association’s Educator of the Year Award. He was recently inducted into SUNY College of Optometry’s inaugural PRISM Society, given to those who influenced and supported the advancement of SUNY College of Optometry's mission through innovation, dedication, and service. Dr. Madonna was formerly Director of the Optometric Residency Program at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, Chief of the Optometry Section at the VA Medical Center in Castle Point, New York, and Chief of the Ocular Disease and Special Testing Service at the University Eye Center.


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, SUNY College of Optometry, 1985
  • MA, , SUNY College of New Paltz, 1979


  • Educator of the Year Award , 2019
  • Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award , 2017
  • Leading Innovators in Optometry, 2016
  • Alumnus of the Year, 2012
  • Optometrist of the Year, 2011
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching , 2005
  • Distinguished Achievement Award , 2004
  • Arthur M. Gottlieb Leadership Award, 2001

Professional Experience

  • Chairman, Department of Clinical Education, SUNY COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY, 2011 - 2022
  • Director, Office of Continuing Professional Education, SUNY College of Optometry, 2010 - 2022
  • Chief, Ocular Disease and Special Testing Service, SUNY College of Optometry, 1999 - 2011
  • Chief, Primary Care Service, SUNY College of Optometry, 1999 - 2002
  • Residency Supervisor, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, 1997 - 1998
  • Adjunct Faculty, SUNY COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY, 1993 - 1998
  • Chief, Optometry Section, VAMC Castle Point, 1993 - 1997
  • Partner, Drs. Madonna and Morrison, 1985 - 1992

Teaching Interests

Ocular Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

Ocular Anatomy, Biochemistry & Physiology II

Ocular Anat. Biochem. & Phys. I

Ocular Anat. Biochem & Phys. II

Research Interests

Quality of Life in Glaucoma

Clinical Interests



  • Let's Talk Adjunctive Therapy in Glaucoma - When Do You Consider Adding a Second Drop?, Modern Optometry
  • Association of Optic Nerve Head Prelaminar Schisis With Glaucoma, Practice Update : Accessed December 28, 2020 2020
  • The Effect of IOP on Clinicians’ Perceptions of Glaucomatous Optic Neuropathy. , Journal of Optometric Education 40 83-88 83-88, 2015
  • Exfoliation Syndrome, International Journal of Ophthalmology and Eye Sciences S1 (005): 23-26 23-26, 2015
  • Choroidal neovascularization in a young, healthy eye after LASIK. , Optometry 81 (December): 632-37 632-37, 2010
  • Measuring Accurate IOPs: Does Correction Factor Help or Hurt? , Clinical Ophthalmology 4 611-616 611-616, 2010
  • The Photoreceptor Integrity Line – As Imaged by Spectral Domain OCT, 2009
  • Assessing Structure and Function in Early Glaucoma, Optometric Management 2008
  • Spontaneous, bilateral intraocular lens dislocation in a patient with exfoliation syndrome, Optometry - Journal of the American Optometric Association 78 (5): 220-224 220-224, 2007
  • Emergency Care in the Optometric Setting. , 2004


  • What’s New and What’s Coming in Optometry, 2020
  • Benign Choroidal Osteoma in a Healthy Male, 2009



  • 2010 - Present : SUNY College of Optometry - Department Chair


  • 1988 - Present : SUNY College of Optometry - Optometrist

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