Mitchell Dul, OD

Professor
Biological and Vision Sciences

Bio

Mitchell W. Dul, OD, MS, FAAO, FNAP, Diplomate ABO
Professor, Department of Biological and Vision Sciences

My interest in optometry began as a high school student when my father began to have difficulty enjoying his passion-reading and playing music. Consequently, I focused my undergraduate education on the study of sensation and perception which naturally drew me to the clinical application of this science.

Dr. Mitchell W. Dul earned his Doctor of Optometry Degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University, and completed his residency training at the FDR VA Hospital in Montrose, NY. He began his career as an assistant clinical professor at the Southern California College of Optometry before joining the medical staff at the FDR VA Hospital where he served for 10 years in various roles including Chief of Service. Dr. Dul joined the faculty of the State University of New York, College of Optometry, and now serves as a Professor in the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences and an attending in the Glaucoma Clinic of the University Eye Center. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and is recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow by the National Academies of Practice in Washington DC.

The College is dedicated to patient care, teaching and research, so in addition to treating patients, Dr. Dul is actively involved in research in both the College’s Clinical Vision Research Center and his own laboratory where he has received continuous extramural grant support for the past 20 years. His primary interest in research is the relationship between physiological structure and visual function in glaucoma. Dr. Dul served as principle investigator for validity studies for imaging software that is now used routinely in clinical practice around the world.
Dr. Dul teaches in both the professional and graduate programs at the College and is a recipient of the State University of New York, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Education

  • MS, Vision Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania College of Optometry , 1986
  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1985

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Certification and Merit Award in Gerontology - Hunter College/Mt. Sinai Geriatric Education Center, 1991
  • Hospital Based Optometry - FDR VA Hospital, 1986

Awards/Honors

  • Diplomate, 2014
  • Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, 2012
  • Peer Reviewer, 2010
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, 2006
  • Founding Member, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Member, Committee for Professional Qualifications, State University of New York, College of Optometry, 2020 - Present
  • Member, Institutional Review Board, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2019 - Present
  • Member, Diversity Initiatives Committee, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2018 - Present
  • Chairman, Case Reports, Glaucoma Diplomate Committee, American Academy of Optometry, 2014 - Present
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2012 - 2020
  • Topical Editor, Optometry and Vision Science, 2016 - 2019
  • Member, Institution Research and Planning Committee, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2009 - 2016
  • Director, Glaucoma Institute, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 1999 - 2014
  • Member, Infection Control Committee, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 1999 - 2014
  • Member, Publications and Education Committee, American Optometric Association, 2012 - 2013
  • Member, Research Council, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2008 - 2012
  • Chairman, Faculty, Research and Scholarly Activities Working Group, Self Study Steering Committee, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2009 - 2011
  • Track and Course Coordinator, Clinic Track, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2007 - 2011
  • Member, Pandemic Flu Committee, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2006 - 2011
  • Chairman, Clinic Council, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 1999 - 2011
  • Chairman, Department of Clinical Sciences, State University of New York, State College of Optometr, 1999 - 2011
  • Member, Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents Education Review Committee,, State Education Department of the State of New York, 1995 - 2011
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 2007 - 2009
  • Director of Professional Service, State University of New York, State College of Optometry, 1999 - 2008
  • Member, Patient Assessment and Management (PAM) committee, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, 2001 - 2006
  • Co-Editor-in Chief, Clinical Eye and Vision Care (ISSN 0953-4431), Elsevier, 1996 - 2001
  • Contributing Editor, Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1992 - 2000
  • Chief, Optometry Service, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hudson Valley Healthcare System, 1996 - 1999
  • Member, Medical Staff Executive Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hudson Valley Healthcare System, 1991 - 1999
  • Chairman, Visually Impaired Service Team, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hudson Valley Healthcare System, 1988 - 1999
  • Chief, Optometry Service, FDR VA Hospital , 1992 - 1996
  • Member, Diabetes Advisory Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hudson Valley Healthcare System, 1992 - 1996
  • Member, Emergency Care Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hudson Valley Healthcare System, 1992 - 1996
  • Chairman, Medical Records Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hudson Valley Healthcare System, 1991 - 1995
  • Member, Total Quality Management Committee, National Organization of VA Optometrists, 1990 - 1993
  • Supervisor, Residency and Externs, Department of Veterans Affairs: Hudson Valley Healthcare System, 1988 - 1992
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Southern California College of Optometry, 1986 - 1988

Teaching Interests

Anterior Segment
Glaucoma
Perimetry
Validity and Predictive Value

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

BVS 251SA
Ocular Disease I

BVS 251SA
Ocular Disease I

Research Interests

Glaucoma
Perimetry

Clinical Interests

Glaucoma

Publications

  • Amblyopia affects the ON visual pathway more than the OFF, Journal of Neuroscience, 39(32): 6276-6290, 2019
  • Neuronal mechanisms underlying differences in spatial resolution between darks and lights in human vision, Journal of Vision, 17(14): Array, 2017
  • Physiological individual differences in the shape of the nasal visual field, Vision research, Array(Array): Array, 2016
  • Effect of age and glaucoma on the detection of darks and lights, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 56(Array): 7000-7006, 2015
  • Retinal Adaptation Abnormalities in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 15(56): 1329-1334, 2015
  • The joint structure-function dynamics of glaucoma progression, Expert Review Ophthalmology, 10(5): 407-409, 2015
  • Assessing Spatial and Temporal Properties of Perimetric Stimuli for Resistance to Clinical Variations in Retinal Illumination, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 5(1): 353-359, 2014
  • Choice of Stimulus Range and Size Can Reduce Test-Retest Variability in Glaucomatous Visual Field Defects, Translational Vision Science & Technology, Array(Array): Array, 2014
  • Contrast Sensitivity Perimetry and Clinical Measures of Glaucomatous Damage, Optometry and Vision Science, 91(11): Array, 2014
  • Optimizing Contrast Sensitivity Perimetry for Clinical Use, J Ophthalmic Vis Res , 8(Array): 74-76, 2013
  • Structure and Function in Patients with Glaucomatous Defects Near Fixation, Optometry and Vision Science, 81(1): 130-139, 2011
  • Web-based training on weapons of mass destruction response for emergency medical services personnel, American Journal of Disaster Medicine, 4(3): 153-161, 2009
  • Glaucoma, Array, Array(Array): 367-371, 2008
  • Assessment of Contrast Gain Signature in Inferred Magnocellular and Parvocellular Pathways in Patients with Glaucoma, Vision Research, 48(26): 2633-2641, 2008
  • Development and Evaluation of a Contrast Sensitivity Perimetry Test for Patients with Glaucoma, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 49(Array): 3049-3057, 2008
  • Overseeing Student Clinical Education: The Role of the Educational Facilitator, Optometric Education, 33(2): 58-63, 2008
  • Assessing Structure and Function in Early Glaucoma, Optometric Management, Array(Array): Array, 2008
  • The Glaucomas, Array, Array(Array): 671-698, 2007
  • Secondary Glaucomas, Glaucoma Handbook, Review of Optometry, Array(Array): 24-26, 2007
  • Variability of visual field measurements is correlated with the gradient of sensitivity, Vision Res, 47(Array): 925-936, 2007
  • Imaging Technology: Incorporating Adaptive Optics into Clinical Use, Optometric Management, Array(Array): 47-50, 2007
  • Ocular and Systemic Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome, Optometric Management, Array(Array): 45-47, 2007
  • Angle Closure Glaucoma, Glaucoma Handbook, Review of Optometry, Array(Array): 25-27, 2006
  • Evaluation of a Two-Stage Neural Model of Glaucomatous Defect: An Approach to Reduce Test-Retest Variability, Optometry and Vision Science, 83(7): 499-611, 2006
  • Linearity can account for the similarity between conventional, frequency-doubling, and Gabor-based perimetric tests in the glaucomatous macula, Optometry and Vision Science, 83(7): 455-465, 2006
  • Quantifying effects of retinal illuminance on frequency doubling perimetry, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 46(1): 235-240, 2006
  • Secondary Glaucomas, Review of Optometry, Array(Array): 23-25, 2006
  • Glaucoma Imaging, Optometric Management, Array(Array): 49-52, 2006
  • Normal Tension Glaucoma, in , Array, Array(Array): 257-272, 2001
  • Vision Impairment/Change: Glaucoma, Array, Array(Array): 312-315, 2001
  • Arteriosclerosis, Array, Array(Array): 31-39, 2000
  • Cardiogenic Emboli, Array, Array(Array): Array, 2000
  • Hypertension , Array, Array(Array): 19-30, 2000
  • Gait Disorders, Optometry Clinics, 4(4): 181-192, 1996
  • Narrow Angle with a Twist, Clinical Eye and Vision Care, 8(Array): 55-56, 1996
  • The Role of Optometrists in the Management of Central Retinal and Branch Retinal Vein Occlusions, Practical Optometry, 7(2): 56-60, 1996
  • Oculomasticatory Myorhythmia, Clinical Eye and Vision Care, 7(Array): 107-110, 1995
  • Bone Scans in Ocular and Systemic Disease, Optometry and Vision Science, 71(8): 502-507, 1994
  • Co-Management of Patients with Hypertension, Optometry Clinics, 4(4): 19-26, 1994
  • Intraocular Cilia Following Projectile Trauma, Clinical Eye and Vision Care, 6(1): 31-32, 1994
  • Facial Nerve Dysfunction: A Clinical Review, Clinical Eye and Vision Care, 1(1): 3-13, 1993
  • Optic Nerve Trauma, Optometry Clinics, 3(2): 91-101, 1993
  • The Optometric Assessment of Neurologic Function, J. American Optometric Association, 64(6): Array, 1993
  • Retinoschesis, Clinical Eye and Vision Care, 3(2): 95-99, 1991
  • Isolated Abducens Nerve Palsy, Clinical Eye and Vision Care, 2(4): 118-123, 1990
  • Accommodative Accuracy to Harmonically Related Complex Grating Patterns and Their Components, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 8(Array): 146-152, 1988
  • Higher-Order Spatial Frequency Contributions to Accommodative Error in Normal and Amblyopic Observers, Clinical Vision Science, 1(3): 219-229, 1987
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