Matthew Bovenzi, OD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Clinical Education


Dr. Bovenzi, a native of Rochester, NY, is currently the Assistant Chief of Primary Care of the University Eye Center (UEC) and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City, where he is a clinical instructor in both glaucoma and primary care clinics and teaches in various courses at the College. A 2014 graduate of SUNY, he completed a residency in ocular disease & family practice optometry at the East NY Diagnostic & Treatment Center and was nationally recognized as the 2015 recipient of the American Optometric Foundation's Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency award. Prior to optometry school, he served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy after receiving bachelor's degrees in both biological sciences and music from Cornell University, where he attended on a Navy ROTC scholarship.

A seasoned lecturer, Dr. Bovenzi is frequently called upon for continuing education and instruction on local, national, and international levels. In 2016, he taught anterior segment ocular disease in South Africa as part of an ocular therapeutics certification program for scope expansion for South African optometrists.

Dr. Bovenzi has a history of optometric leadership and service; he regularly serves as an attending on annual medical mission trips abroad through Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), he serves on the data collection committee for VOSH-International, and he has created a novel, searchable database program to streamline cataloging and dispensing of donated eyeglasses for mission trips. He is a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Optometry as well as the American and New York State Optometric Associations (AOA and NYSOA), and he is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, SUNY College of Optometry, 2014
  • BA, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2006
  • BA, Music, Cornell University, 2006

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Ocular Disease & Family Practice Optometry - East NY Diagnostic & Treatment Center, 2015


  • Diplomate, American Board of Optometry - American Board of Optometry (ABO), 2016
  • Fellow, American Academy of Optometry - American Academy of Optometry (AAO), 2015
  • NY State Optometry License - NYS Department of Education Office of the Professions, Array


  • PCON 300 Innovators in Optometry , 2017
  • Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award, 2015

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Chief of Primary Care, SUNY State College of Optometry, 2016 - Present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY State College of Optometry, 2015 - Present

Teaching Interests

-ocular disease
-public health/international optometry

Clinical Interests

-neuro-ophthalmic disease
-diabetic retinopathy
-primary care optometry


  • Let's Talk Adjunctive Therapy in Glaucoma - When Do You Consider Adding a Second Drop?, Modern Optometry
  • COVID-19 and Vision Therapy: An Academic Experience, Vision Development and Rehabilitation 6 (2): 95-98 95-98, 2020
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