Joseph Sowka, O.D., F.A.A.O, Dipl. received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from Cornell University, graduating with Distinction in 1985 and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in 1989. He completed a Residency in Primary Care at PCO (now Salus University) in 1990.
In 1992, Dr. Sowka accepted a university appointment at Southeastern University of the Health Sciences (now Nova Southeastern University). During this time, Dr. Sowka has served as Module Director, Chief of the University’s Opa Locka Clinic, Chief of Primary Care, and Director of the Glaucoma Service. While at the University, Dr. Sowka was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and finally to Professor. He has developed and teaches the course in Glaucoma and Vitreoretinal Disease for the past 22 years. He is currently the longest tenured faculty member within the college. Dr. Sowka has authored numerous refereed journal publications and textbook chapters. Dr. Sowka is on the Editorial Review Board for Review of Optometry and is a Contributing Editor for that journal as well as numerous others. He is the lead author on The Handbook of Ocular Disease Management, now in its 18th edition (http://bt.e-ditionsbyfry.com/publication/?i=309479 . He also coauthors Therapeutic Review column in Review of Optometry. (http://www.revoptom.com/category/d/therapeutic_review/) Dr. Sowka is a founding member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS) and an Executive Board member for both societies. He is currently the President of the Optometric Glaucoma Foundation. He is the Vice Chair of the Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Optometry (https://www.aaopt.org/detail/knowledge-base-article/neuro-ophthalmic-disorders-optometry-special-interest-group) He is also on the Advisory Board and Professional Speakers Bureau for numerous companies. Dr. Sowka has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.
Dr. Sowka is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in Glaucoma. He has held numerous Chair positions within the American Academy of Optometry. Currently, Dr. Sowka is Professor of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry where he serves as Chief of the Advanced Care Center and Director of the Glaucoma Service. He also serves as Chair for the Department of Optometric Clinical Sciences. His clinical responsibilities are devoted exclusively to the diagnosis and care of patients with glaucoma.