Ocutech’s Professional Consultant Dr. Gary Asano receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Ocutech is thrilled to have as our West-Coast Professional Consultant an individual as expert and as devoted to his profession and to low vision care as is Dr. Gary Asano. 

The Marshall B Ketchum University School of Optometry (MBKU) Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have achieved professional prominence in their field and are engaged in the community furthering the goals of MBKU and their profession. MBKU is proud to announce the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Alumni award is Dr. Gary Asano, O.D., ’78.

Dr. Gary Asano, OD, graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 1978 with a desire to specialize in serving Low Vision patients. He went on to become a tireless advocate for these patients, an acknowledged expert in the specialty, and a respected lecturer and educator. A longtime member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and numerous other professional groups, Dr. Asano was awarded the AOA Vision
Rehabilitation Committee-Jerry Davidoff Memorial Low Vision Care Service Award in June 2019 and the Envision Ocular LV Award in August 2018. One of Dr. Asano’s most important contributions to the profession of optometry is his founding of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Section in California (LVRS), an enormous undertaking that required approval by the COA House of Delegates. Dr. Asano has over 25 years of private practice experience, in addition to teaching at SCCO, numerous professional conferences, publications, research, and lectures. Dr. Asano has been an annual benefactor to SCCO and the Low Vision program for over 29 years.

Ocutech Low Vision Research Travel Awards

Ocutech Low Vision Research Travel Fellowship

Three $750 travel grants will be awarded to primary authors of a Low Vision paper or poster abstract selected to be presented at the annual meeting. 


  • Must be a member of the Academy
  • Must submit a CV
  • One-page essay (500 word max) about themselves and why they have chosen the field of low vision
  • Must have an accepted low vision abstract paper/poster
  • Applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation

The AAO Low Vision Section will invite awardees to present summaries of their work at the Low Vision Section meeting.

Abstracts of papers selected for awards will be provided to Ocutech by the awardee to be placed on Ocutech’s website in a section devoted to research awards.