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David Goss Interview with Dr. Eric Hussey about Dr. Pratt’s work

October 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$10 – $45

David A. Goss, OD


B.A., 1970, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

B.S., 1972, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

O.D., 1974, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

Ph.D. (physiological optics), 1980, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

M.L.S., 2008, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Professional Employment:

1974-75: Practicing optometrist, Drs. Lande and Crouch, Storm Lake, Iowa

1976-79: Associate Instructor, Indiana University

1979-80: Research Associate, Indiana University

1980-92: Faculty member, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Assistant Professor of

Optometry, 1980-85; Associate Professor of Optometry, 1985-89; Professor of Optometry, 1989-92)

1992-2016: Professor of Optometry, Indiana University

Elected Fellow of:

Fellow of American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), 1978

Academic Fellow of College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVDA), 2001


More than 450 publications including 6 books, 12 book chapters in seven multi-author books, more than

90 refereed papers, more than 40 literature reviews, more than 100 book reviews, and more than 100

articles in Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History.

Publications have been primarily in the areas of: accommodation and vergence clinical testing

procedures and analysis methods, myopia and refractive errors, optometry history.

Books published:

• Goss DA. Ocular Accommodation, Convergence, and Fixation Disparity. Chicago: Professional Press,

1986 (second edition – Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995; third edition – Santa Ana, CA:

Optometric Extension Program, 2009).

This book originated as course handouts because available teaching materials were limited. A review of

the 2 nd edition stated: “I found the first edition of this manual to be unparalleled in its readability and

practicality….I imagined it hard for Dr. Goss to improve on the first edition, but he has managed to do

so….this edition remains a classic well suited to first and second year optometry students.” (Press,

Optom Education 1997;22:99)

• Goss DA, Edmondson LL, eds. Eye and Vision Conditions in the American Indian. Yukon, OK:

Pueblo Publishing, 1990.

This book is a compilation of papers presented at a symposium of the same name to celebrate the tenth

anniversary of the College of Optometry at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah,

Oklahoma. NSU had its optometry clinic in the Indian Health Service hospital in the capitol of the

Cherokee Nation.

• Grosvenor T, Goss DA. Clinical Management of Myopia. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999.

A review of this book stated: “It is beautifully written and produced and is easy to read.…The authors

are arguably the best authors of comprehensive reviews in the discipline.” (Zadnik, Optom Vis Sci


• Goss DA, West RW. Introduction to the Optics of the Eye. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.

My contributions to this book were based on teaching materials and references assembled while I taught

this subject at NSU. A review of this book called it “a welcome reference book,” and said that it

“receives equally high marks for being current as for its historical completeness,” and that “readers

will find clear, concise, and understandable answers to their optics-related questions…” (Mutti, Optom

Vis Sci 2003;80:275)

• Goss DA. From Spectacle Making Trade to Scholarly Profession: A History of Optometry in the

United States. Forest Grove, OR: Pacific University Press, 2022.

Part I examines the history of optometry from its origins to recent times. Part II takes a more in-depth

look at the history of optometric testing, optometric education, and optometric publications. A review

described it as “a very comprehensive and thorough overview of the development of the optometric

profession” and “an excellent resource.” (Wingert, Optom Vis Sci 2023;100:507)

• Goss DA, Pike SE. Carol B. Pratt: Pacific University’s Original Optometric Genius. Forest Grove, OR:

Bee Tree Books, 2023.

This book preserves the memory of Carol B. Pratt, PhD, OD, a highly significant figure in the history of

the Pacific University College of Optometry and its students and serves as a record of Pratt’s innovative

optometric testing, analysis procedures, and original research.

Also co-author of:

• Myopia: Prevalence and Progression, 1989, a National Academy Press monograph.

• American Optometric Association Clinical Practice Guideline on Care of the Patient with Myopia,


Editorial positions:

Review Board, Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1988-94

Editor, Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History, 1995-2024

Editorial Council, Optometry and Vision Development, 1998-2012

Editor, Indiana Journal of Optometry, 1998-2014

Review Board, Journal of Behavioral Optometry, 2004-2012

Literature Review Editor, Optometry and Vision Development, 2008-2012

Review Board, Optometry and Visual Performance, 2013-2019


• Courses in ocular motility, ocular optics, case analysis of non-strabismic binocular vision and

accommodation disorders, and refractive development at NSU.

• Courses in accommodation and vergence testing procedures and analysis, refraction procedures, vision

therapy, and refractive development at IU.

• Chief of Myopia Clinic at NSU; consultant in Binocular Vision/Pediatrics Clinic at IU.

• Advisor for 99 student research projects at NSU and IU.

Selected awards:

Two best professor awards from students at Northeastern State University.

Northeastern State University Faculty of the Year for Research and Scholarly Activity, 1990-91.

Ten Professor of the Year awards from students at Indiana University.

Teaching Excellence Recognition Award from Indiana University, 1998 and 2010.

Best article in Journal of Optometric Vision Development, 2003 and 2004.

A.M. Skeffington Award for optometric writing, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, 2010.

Publication Award, Librarians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals in the History of the Health

Sciences, 2024.


October 9
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