About Manhattan Eye Optometry: Gary M Lazarus

About Manhattan Eye Optometry: Gary M Lazarus Beyond offering vision testing in Manhattan Beach, CA, Dr. Gary Lazarus has a broad and storied history of driving innovation in the field of optometry. Dr. Lazarus is one of a handful of eye doctors in the world who has reshaped corneas with hard contact lenses to restore distance vision. The procedure is called Orthokeratology, Corneal Refractive Therapy, or Cornea Molding. The goal is to control or prevent myopia (nearsightedness). Of the many successful patients seen by Dr. Lazarus, one ultimately became a NASA astronaut.
In addition to treating Myopia, Dr. Lazarus also did investigational studies and found that both Hyperopia (farsightedness) and Astigmatism could be treated by changing the parameters of the design of the contact lenses. Gas permeable “retainer” lenses are worn while sleeping to maintain the needed corneal curvature (mold) that creates vision improvement.
Besides reshaping corneal curvature through orthokeratology, Dr. Lazarus has fitted cinematic (theatrical) hard contact lenses for special effects in the film industry. An example of his technique can be seen in The Omega Man, starring Charleton Heston.
Dr. Lazarus has also had a longstanding interest in cataract and laser/lasik refractive eye surgery, as well as interest in systemic disease and the eye. He has been trained extensively over the last 20 years in the diagnosis and management of macular degeneration and has completed certification in the diagnosis and treatment of open angle glaucoma.
In addition to his many interests in neuro-ophthalmic disease and ophthalmic medicine, Dr. Lazarus received a certification in Aviation Vision from the American Optometric Association. This area is related to his research interests in aerospace medicine and physiology.

Publications and Research

Dr. Lazarus has served on two different journal editorial boards as editor of neuro-ophthalmic disease; i.e., American Journal of Optometric Medicine and Optometry Clinics. He has been a lecturer, author and editor in the field of neuro-ophthalmic disease and electrophysiology of vision for decades.

In 1971, Dr. Lazarus’ first publication was featured in the Journal of the American Optometric Association; i.e., The Visual Evoked Potential, its Clinical Significance in the Diagnosis of Neuro- Ophthalmic Pathology—a 4-part treatise. It was the first paper published on this topic in optometric literature. Dr. Lazarus received international acclaim from optometry, ophthalmology and neurology.

Besides publishing articles, book reviews, and journal abstracts on neuro-ophthalmic, Dr. Lazarus did a research fellowship at UCLA in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology in the mid 60s. The research dealt with the measurement of electro-oculography in infants with cerebral palsy.

Impact on the Field of Optometry

Dr. Lazarus is a founding member of the American Optometric Society and a long-standing member of the American Optometric Association and its state and local societies.

He has been a member of the attending optometry staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 1971 and is currently serving as recording secretary. Dr. Lazarus is also pre-optometry advisor to UCLA. He has a certification as an HMO Consultant from the Health Administration Division of the Graduate School of Public Health at UCLA. Based on his HMO health administrative training, Dr. Lazarus also founded Satellite Vision Service Inc. in 1983.

In 1973, Dr. Lazarus became a co-founder of the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation in Beverly Hills, as well as its spokesperson and low-vision research chairperson.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Lazarus has practiced in Manhattan Beach, CA since 1975, when he was sponsored by the South Bay Free Clinic and the Kiwanis Club to conduct pediatric and geriatric eye screening programs respectively.

In 1984, Dr. Lazarus received the Continuing Education Award from Southern California College of Optometry. Later he received the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal for Healthcare in both 2004 and 2005. He was also honored in 2005 by the Eye Birth Defects Foundation for 34 years of service as a Staff Eye Doctor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Memberships and Associations

  • Pre-Optometry Advisor at UCLA
  • Licensed & Insured with Certification & Affiliations
  • Published Book, Articles, & Journal Abstract Reviews
  • Center for the Partially Sighted – Support Group (Member)
  • North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (Member)
  • The Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology (Member)
  • Research Fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology at UCLA
  • Ophthalmic Consultant to Medical Board of California Jazz Foundation
  • Cinematic Special Effects Contact Lens Consultant – Warner Bros. Studio
  • National Board of Optometry (Diplomate)
  • Satellite Vision Service Inc. – An Eye Care PPO for Unions & Industry (Founder & CEO)
  • American Academy of Optometry (Fellow)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Co-Founder of the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation
  • Reagan Gold Medal Award for Health Care (2004 & 2005)
  • Continuing Education Award at Southern California College of Optometry (1984)
  • Honored by Eye Birth Defects Research Foundation for 34 Years of Service as a Staff Eye Doctor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2005)
  • Endorsements from Jules Stein Eye Institute UCLA, Veterans Administration Hospital Department of Optometry, West Los Angeles, &
  • Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology

Education and Training

  • UCLA (BA Psychology, minors in Chemistry, Zoology and Music)
  • Southern California College of Optometry (BS Visual Physiology, OD Optometry)
  • Pacific Western University (MS Neurophysiology of Vision, minor in Neuro-Psychology)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Dept of Neurology
  • USC Doheny Eye Institute – Division of Neuro-Ophthalmology