Dr. Gary Polan has been in solo private practice in Pacific Palisades, California continuously since 1985. He has appeared as a featured guest
on KFI radio during their Vision Appreciation Month, and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles County Optometric
Society newspaper for two years. He has also been featured on ABC-TV News, highlighting his expertise in both sports vision
and learning disability therapy.
Dr. Polan specializes in Sports Vision, Vision Therapy and Developmental Vision. He has served as a consultant to Billie Jean King
and World Team Tennis. He has worked with high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes on vision, depth perception and spatial
relationship awareness, to enhance athletic performance. He regularly lectures to other eye care professionals on vision therapy and sports
In 1984, Dr. Polan presented the results of a yearlong study on the relationship between contrast sensitivity and Sports Vision. These
results were published in the 1984 Journal of the American Optometric Association. In 1996, a five-year study published in the American
Journal of Ophthalmology validated Dr. Polan's pioneering work. A team of doctors from UCLA's Jules Stein Institute performed this research.
Dr. Polan is also involved in developing new products for
eye care. He is co-founder of the Palisades Eye Care Company,
which has patented a lint free tissue known as LintFree
Aquablotters to aid in the application of contact lenses.
Dr. Polan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1978. Postgraduate degrees
include a Bachelor of Science in Visual Psychophysics in 1982, a Doctor of Optometry in 1984, both from the Southern California College of
Additional honors while in professional school included serving
as Editor-in-Chief of Scope, a nationally-honored newspaper
of the SCCO. He received his certificate of completion in
vision therapy training in 1983, and was named to the National
Honor Society. He served in optometry residency positions
at State University of New York's College of Optometry (specializing
in vision therapy and sports vision), and the San Bernardino
Juvenile Hall Project (also focusing on vision therapy). He
attends as a member of the clinical faculty for the Brentwood
Veterans Administration Hospital and for the Southern California
College of Optometry in Fullerton.