Steve arrived in town bent on revenge against his ex best friend Bo, who knifed his eye out. Steve worked for Victor Kiriakis at the time.
Steve went undercover later on, investigating Saul Taylor, a travelling evangelist. To do this, he had plastic surgery to put in a glass eye. He took on the identity of Daniel Lucas.
At the end of the investigation, Steve got in a fight aboard a yacht in Italy, a fight over the key for the Toscano family treasure. In the fight his eye was re-injured. This time the glass eye could not be replaced, and he put the patch back on.