About Dr. Gary Polan
Dr. Polan has been in solo private practice in Pacific Palisades, California, continuously since 1985. Professional recognition has included being the sole featured guest on KFI radio during Vision Appreciation Month. Dr. Polan was a featured guest on Dr. Klapper's Weekend Warrior Radio Show discussing Vision Therapy and Sports Vision. The show is available on ESPN LA Podcast July 15, 2017, first hour. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society newspaper for two years. Dr. Polan was featured on ABC television news in 2000, highlighting his sports vision and learning disability therapy disciplines. Therapeutic licensure was awarded in 1998 and punctual dilation privileges were granted in 2002.
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 Olympic gold medal-winners, professional, college, and high school athletes on vision and relationship to enhance athletic performance. He has consulted with major sports teams and Universities.
Dr. Polan was published in the 1984 Journal of the American Optometric Association for his yearlong study of the Relationship of Contrast Sensitivity and Sports Vision. An October 1996 study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology validated Dr. Polan's pioneering work. A team of doctors did the study from UCLA’s Jules Stein Institute.
Dr. Polan is actively contributing to the eye care field by developing new products. He is co-founder of Palisades Eye Care Company, which has a patented lint-free tissue (LintFrees Aquablotters) to aid in applying contact lenses. Dr. Polan also lectures to other eye care professionals on vision therapy and sport vision.
Dr. Gary 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 and a Doctor of Optometry in 1984, both from the Southern California College of Optometry.
In professional school, additional honors include Editor-in-Chief “Scope” school newspaper two years (nationally honored), Certificate of Completion in Vision Therapy training in 1983 and National Honor Society. Residencies include State University New York College of Optometry in Vision Therapy and Sports Vision, San Bernardino Juvenile Hall Project Vision Therapy, Brentwood Veterans Administration Hospital, Optometric Center of Fullerton, and Optometric Center of Los Angeles.