Stephen L. Nichols, O.D., specializes in comprehensive family eye care, contact lenses, and the treatment and management of ocular disease.

Dr. Nichols received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. He graduated from optometry school at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he was awarded the Council on Ethics Professionalism Award. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease. He was an assistant professor at the Illinois College of Optometry and a clinical associate at the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences before entering full-time private practice.

Educational Background
1994–1998 Illinois College of Optometry
Doctor of Optometry
Bachelor of Science in Visual Science Council on Ethics Professionalism Award
1989–1993 University of Kansas
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Certifications & Licenses
Licensed Optometrist (DPA and TPA certified)
State of Illinois, State of Kansas
National Board of Examiners in Optometry Parts I, II, and III
Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
Clinical Experience
2001–present Kansas City Eye Clinic, Optometrist
1999–2001 University of Chicago, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Clinical Associate
Appointment to Medical Staff
Attending Optometrist, Low Vision Clinic, Duchossios Center for Advanced Medicine
1999–2001 Illinois College of Optometry, Assistant Professor
1999–2001 Lenscrafters, Chicago Ridge, IL
1999–2000 Sidney Hillman Health Center, Attending optometrist
1998–1999 Illinois College of Optometry, Primary Care Residency
1999–2001 The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Physical Diagnosis Course, Ophthalmology Skills LabOther Clinical Experience
Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
Rigid Gas Permeable Institute of St. Louis
Alcon Laboratories Vision Screening
Sports Vision Screening, DePaul University
Save Your Vision Week
Vision Screening, Illinois Eye Institute

1998 Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.Eye Clinic
Hospital-based optometry, Honors for patient care
1998 University of Chicago Friend Family Clinic
Primary care eye care and co-managed patients with optometrists and pediatric ophthalmologists
Illinois Eye Institute
Primary Care Rotation, Honors for patient care
Pediatric Rotation, Honors for patient care
Advanced Care Rotation, Honors for patient care
Low Vision Rotation
Contact Lens Rotation

Nichols SL, Nichols RD. Recurrent Granulomatous Uveitis in a Patient With CREST Syndrome.A Case Report, Poster, American Academy of Optometry Meeting, Orlando, FL, December 2000 [Abs. In Optom Vis Sci 2000, 77(#12S):89]
Jurkus J, Nichols SL. Age Changes to the Eye. Optometry Today, April 1999 supplement, pp. 53–60
Nichols SL, Flynn MF. Early Retinitis Pigmentosa: An Elusive Diagnosis, Poster, American Academy of Optometry Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 1998 [Abs. In Optom Vis Sci 1998, 75(#12S):47]

American Optometric Association, Member
Kansas Optometric Association, Member
American Academy of Optometry, Fellow
Shawnee Kiwanis, (2003–present)

Dr. Nichols enjoys spending his free time coaching his kids in youth sports, cheering for the Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals, and skiing and playing tennis.