Dr. Stephen Gildersleeve

Dr. Steve Gildersleeve is the owner and president of Eyes On Lincoln and a 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. 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. 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 soon-to-be husband, Dr. Jared Holthaus, will get married in May and can’t wait to establish their life together in Omaha. They enjoy everything outdoors and cheering on the Creighton Bluejays!