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David Goss OD, PhD, FAAO, FCOVDA

David A. Goss OD, PhD, FAAO, FCOVDA

Emeritus Professor of Optometry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

David A. Goss holds a BA degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, BS and OD degrees from Pacific University, and PhD (physiological optics) and MLS degrees from Indiana University. Between optometry school and PhD studies, he practiced optometry in the office of Drs. Allen Lande and Donovan Crouch in Storm Lake, Iowa. He was on the faculty of the College of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma from 1980 to 1992, and on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Optometry from 1992 to 2016.  He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) in 1978 and Academic Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD-A) in 2001.

His teaching responsibilities included courses in binocular vision testing procedures and analysis, ocular motility, ocular optics, refractive development, refraction procedures, vision therapy, and vision development. At Northeastern State University, he was Chief of the Myopia Clinic. At Indiana University, he was a consultant in the Binocular Vision/Pediatrics Clinic. Most of his research papers have been in the areas of myopia and other refractive errors, accommodation and binocular vision testing procedures, and optometry history. Throughout his career he involved optometry students in research, advising on ninety-nine student research projects, many of which were subsequently published.

His published books include Ocular Accommodation, Convergence, and Fixation Disparity, 1986, 1995, 2009; Eye and Vision Conditions in the American Indian, 1990 (with Linda L. Edmondson as co-editor); Clinical Management of Myopia, 1999 (with Theodore Grosvenor); and Introduction to the Optics of the Eye, 2002 (with Roger W. West). He has served as the editor of Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History since 1995 and was editor of the Indiana Journal of Optometry from 1998 to 2014. Service on journal review boards includes boards for the Journal of the American Optometric Association, Optometry and Vision Development, the Journal of Behavioral Optometry, and Optometry and Visual Performance.

He contributed chapters to several multi-author books, such as Diagnosis and Management in Vision Care (1987), Refractive Anomalies (1991), Clinical Procedures in Optometry (1991), Refractive Management of Ametropia (1996), Myopia and Nearwork (1998), and Borish’s Clinical Refraction (1998, 2006). He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Vision Working Group that produced the monograph Myopia: Prevalence and Progression (1989), and was principal author of the American Optometric Association Clinical Practice Guideline on Care of the Patient with Myopia (1997, 2001, 2006). He received the Faculty of the Year award for Research and Scholarly Activity from Northeastern State University in 1991, Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University in 1998 and 2010, and the Skeffington Award for optometric writing from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2010.


Dr. Goss has no relevant disclosures.