Dr. Stephen Gildersleeve

Dr. Stephen Gildersleeve

Dr. Steve Gildersleeve is the founder and CEO of Eyes On Lincoln and team optometrist for the University of Nebraska athletics. His practice includes primary eye care, management of ocular diseases, sports vision, and fitting routine and specialty contact lenses.

He was born and raised in the small community of O’Neill Nebraska. Dr. Steve graduated from the University of Nebraska (2006), Lincoln with a degree in Biological Sciences and then went on to complete optometry school (2010) at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, CA where he graduated Magna Cum Laude near the top of his class.

While at SCCO he was recognized as best in his class in both primary care and ocular disease diagnosis and management. He also scored in the top 1% in the nation on the national board parts 1 and 2 leading his class in both.

Dr. Gildersleeve then completed a hospital-based residency in ocular disease diagnosis and management at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM, dealing with an extremely difficult and complex patient-base.

In his young career he has given multiple lecture hours of continued education to fellow optometrists and is already very well respected among his peers. Dr. Gildersleeve also lectures with KMK Educational Services, a company geared towards preparing 3rd year optometry students to take and pass the national boards.

Dr. Derek Maddox

Dr. Derek Maddox

Dr. Derek Maddox graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Doctor of Optometry degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.

Dr. Maddox grew up in St. Paul, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.

While in optometry school he was awarded with excellence in contact lens fitting. He was also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Maddox completed externships at Midwestern University Eye Institute, Accent Eye Care, Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center, and Mayo clinic in Arizona. Dr. He has training in contact lens fitting, dry eye disease, pre/post-operative care, management of ocular disease, and primary care.

Derek is excited to be back in Nebraska and looks forward to providing exceptional eye care to the Lincoln area. In his spare time He enjoys being outdoors, playing golf, and traveling.

Dr. Jake Weber

Dr. Jake Weber provides eye care for patients of all ages and has special interests in fitting contact lenses for patients with corneal disease, treating dry eye disease, providing emergency care, and managing conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. 

He was raised just outside of Lincoln in the town of Milford before graduating as co-valedictorian from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Spanish. He then earned his Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

While at Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Jake represented his student body of over 500 students on the national board of the American Optometric Student Association and received awards from his faculty as the top contact lens practitioner and also as a top ten clinical performer in his class. Prior to joining Eyes on Lincoln, he cared for patients at private practices in Sioux City, IA and Tulsa, OK, providing him with a wide range of experience.

Dr. Jake is thrilled to re-join the Lincoln community, which he has always considered home. When not caring for patients, he enjoys playing golf, attending Husker athletic events, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family. He is a proud husband to his wife, Jen, and father to their two children, Shiloh and Shepherd.

Dr. Jared Holthaus

Dr. Jared Holthaus

Dr. Jared Holthaus earned his Doctorate of Optometry degree from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where he graduated among the top of his class.

Dr. Jared Holthaus grew up in Wichita, Kansas and graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Kansas State University where he earned Cum Laude honors.

He was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society at NSU while being an active volunteer with Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. He is currently a member of the American Optometric Association and the Nebraska Optometric Association advocating for better access to care to residents of surrounding areas.

Dr. Holthaus has been serving the Cherokee Nation the past few years, gaining expertise in glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration. He has worked for the Muskogee, Oklahoma Veterans Affairs drawing inspiration to continually help geriatric patients. Dr. Holthaus offers a variety of comprehensive eye examinations for adults and children including, but not limited to, glaucoma testing, contact lens fitting, cataract pre/post-operative care and emergency care.

Dr. Holthaus is new to the Omaha area and is eager to become involved with community work. He has been to Honduras for a mission trip and is an active member of Volunteering Optometric Services for Humanity international. Dr. Holthaus lives with his wife Dr. Kate in West Omaha. They both enjoy being outdoors, traveling and staying fit. He is excited to build professional, life-long relationships with all his patients.

Dr. Holthaus is still part of the Eyes on Lincoln family and is spending most of his time at his practice in Omaha.

Dr. Kate Holthaus

Dr. Kate Holthaus

Dr. Kate Holthaus graduated from Duchesne Academy and later earned her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Dr. Kate Holthaus is an Omaha native who is devoted to provide exceptional eye care to her hometown. Dr. Holthaus earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she graduated among the top in her class. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Award in 2017 and was an active member of the Beta Sigma Kamma optometric honors fraternity. Dr. Holthaus was also very active throughout her years in optometry school, being an active member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society, American Optometric Student Association, and Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, where she completed an optometric mission trip to Roatan Honduras in 2018. She is an active member of the American and Nebraska Optometric Associations and provides no-cost InfantSEE exams for infants between 6-12 months of age.

Dr. Holthaus offers a wide range of services, including routine eye exams for children and adults and soft and specialty contact lens evaluations. She also provides LASIK and cataract evaluations, glaucoma exams, macular degeneration management, diabetic exams, and emergency eye care. She has a particular interest in the treatment and management of dry eye disease and binocular vision disorders.

Dr. Holthaus absolutely loves the Omaha community and aims to get very involved now being back in the metropolitan area. She consistently looks for ways to serve the community and give back to her hometown. She and her husband, Dr. Jared Holthaus, were married in May 2019 and are excited to establish their life together in Omaha. They enjoy everything outdoors and cheering on the Creighton Bluejays!

Dr. Holthaus is still part of the Eyes on Lincoln family and is spending most of her time at her practice in Omaha.

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