Matthew Vaughn, OD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Languages: English, Spanish


Dr. Matthew T. Vaughn is an assistant clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry and the University Eye Center, where he supervises students and residents in the Primary Care Pediatrics, Children with Special Needs, Infant Vision Care, and Pediatric Ocular Disease clinics. Dr. Vaughn also serves as the Instructor of Record for the Pediatric Optometry and Vision Development third year course and laboratory, as well as co-IOR of the Advanced Topics in Pediatric Ocular Disease elective, and is the externship supervisor for the in-house Pediatric Externship. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey, and his Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry. He completed a residency in Pediatric and Infant Vision Optometry at SUNY Optometry, where he received advanced training in pediatrics, children with special needs, infant vision care, learning-related vision problems, and vision therapy. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. His hobbies include performing with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, State University of New York College of Optometry, 2014
  • BS, Biology, The College of New Jersey, 2011

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Pediatric and Infant Vision Optometry Residency - Array, 2015


  • Fellow - American Academy of Optometry, 2016
  • Licensed Optometrist - New York State, 2014


  • Faculty Community Spirit Award, 2018

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry, University Eye Center, 2016 - Present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry, 2016 - Present
  • Associate Clinical Instructor, Compton Eye Associates, 2015 - 2020
  • Associate Clinical Instructor, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, 2015 - 2016
  • Associate Optometrist, Dr. Andrea Thau and Associates, Doctors of Optometry, 2015 - 2016
  • Optometrist, Eyes on Second, 2015 - 2016
  • Assistant Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Optometry Resident, SUNY College of Optometry, 2014 - 2015

Research Interests


Clinical Interests

Pediatrics, Children with Special Needs, Pediatric Ocular Disease


  • Pediatric Special Populations, 2022
  • Pediatric Posterior Segment Ocular Disease: A Crash Course, 2022
  • Rapid Fire: Amblyopia Management – Current Practice & Emerging Trends, 2022
  • Lunch and Learn: Best Practices – Examining Adults with Disabilities, 2022
  • Rapid Fire: Amblyopia Management – When Glasses Aren’t Enough, 2021
  • Seeing Through the Eyes of Children, 2021
  • Caring for Children on the Autism Spectrum in the Optometric Setting, 2020
  • Pediatric Ocular Disease: A Crash Course, 2020
  • Pediatric Special Populations, 2020
  • What’s New and What’s Coming in Optometry, 2020
  • Red Eye, White Pupil: Differential Diagnosis in the Pediatric Population, 2020
  • Pediatric Eye Disease: A Crash Course, 2019
  • Eyelid and Adnexal Conditions in the Pediatric Population, 2017
  • Pediatric Eye Disease: A Crash Course, 2017
  • Pediatrics Q&A: Simplifying Pediatrics, 2016
  • Pediatric Lid Lesions, Lumps, and Bumps: The Usual and Unusual Suspects, 2015
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