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.
He and his family have been very close friends of the Powell’s dating back many years. Dr. Gildersleeve, his wife Megan and daughter Berkleigh live in the nearby community of Denton, NE.
Dr. Richard Powell
Dr. Richard Powell, originally from Benkelman, NE graduated from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1968. His undergraduate college was at McCook Junior College, McCook, NE and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
During college, Dr. Powell was President of the Gold Key Honorary Optometric Society, an honors program recognizing those students in the top ten percent of their class, and was also Editor of the College Yearbook. He worked part-time as an assistant in the computer center while doing optical research for the physiologic optical department.
Dr. Powell was admitted in the American Academy of Optometry in 1971 and was awarded diplomat status in the National Board of Examiners that same year – a recognition awarded to fewer than 10% of all optometrists in the United States.
After serving as President of the Nebraska Optometric Association in 1979, Dr. Powell continued his academic affiliation as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry from 1982 until the present. He is one of fewer than 100 optometrist nationally to have received the American Optometric Association Continuing Education Award annually since its inception in 1979. In 1985 he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nebraska State Board of Health.
A former US Army Captain, Dr. Powell moved to Lincoln in 1970, having served as an optometrist in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star for “meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces” in the Republic of Vietnam from August 1969 to August 1970.
In 2004, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Southern College, the first Nebraska optometrist to serve on the college board. He was also one of 24 optometrists who made American Optometric Association history by qualifying for the Optometric Recognition Award each year for 25 consecutive years.
He is married to Vicki, has two children, Burkett and Shalla, and four grandchildren Burkett II, Madison Lynn, Gabriella Jean, and Greta Faye. Dr. Powell is also an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoys many sports.
Dr. Taylor N. Steger
Dr. Taylor Steger joined Eyes On Lincoln in January of 2017. His focus is in primary care optometry, management of ocular disease and fitting of contact lenses.
Dr. Steger is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Indiana University School of Optometry. He completed a hospital-based residency in primary care optometry and ocular disease at the Veterans Healthcare Systems of the Ozarks hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Dr. Steger is a member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry and Nebraska Optometric Association. He also volunteers at Clinic With A Heart, providing eyecare to underserved people of Lincoln.
Originally from North Platte, Dr. Steger now calls Lincoln home, living and practicing here since 2014. He spends his free time with family and friends, supporting Husker Athletics, being in the outdoors, reading and golfing.