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William D. Harrison, OD

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Dr. Bill Harrison is a former athlete who became an optometrist and is considered the leading pioneer in Sports Vision Performance Training. Over the last few years has been a management consultant with American Medical Optics, a division of Abbott Pharmaceutical, Pfizer’s Opthalmic Division, Marion Laboratories (now Merrill Dow, Inc.),Capstar Learning Systems, Inc., Transamerica Life Companies, PacifiCare’s Secure Horizons, American Eye Management, LLC., Vision Membrane, Inc. Nordan Laser Eye Centers and numerous individuals. He has also consulted with the Department of Defense’sSmall Unit Excellence initiative, Vital Signs, Inc. and Neosync, Inc.

He is a member ofAmerican Optometric Association (AOA), American Optometric Student Association (AOSA), California Optometric Association (COA), Optometric Extension Program, College of Vision Development, MAVE (Motor, Auditory, Vision, Education) Institute, Orange County Optometric Society (OCOS), Better Vision Institute, Vision Conservation Institute, AOA Contact Lens Section and the National Eye Research Foundation. Honors and awards include the American Baseball Coaches Association Meritorious ServiceAward in 1990, American Optometric Association Sports Vision Section “Optometrist of the Year” 1994, the International Academy of Sports Vision “Sports Vision Optometrist of the Year” 1990, the European Academy of Sports Vision “Sports Vision Optometrist of the Year” 1995 and induction to his high schools’ Sports Hall of Fame. He has been a Professional Advisor to the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, United States Air Force Academy Human Performance Laboratory, Duke UniversityMichael W. Krzyzewski Center Human Performance Laboratory and the Peak Performance Project Santa Barbara, California Inthe early 1970’s, Harrison studied the sensory-motor attributes of premier major league baseball players and developed a protocol for selecting young athletes with great potential for developing into baseball players.

In 1977, he developed the protocol of vision testing and enhancement training programs for the Sports Medicine Committee of the U. S. Olympic Training Centers. Dr. Harrison’s innovative training methods on sports performance enhancement have been utilized by numerous professional and amateur teams. Dr. Harrison has consulted and trained coaches and elite players for thirty-five years on the visual mechanics of athletic performance, including how the visual side of sports impacts the mental and the physical aspects of each game. Current clients includes MBL baseball’s Jason Giambi, Shawn Green, Sean Casey; NFL football’s Jason Bell, Tony Parrish and Ricky Manning; NHL hockey’s Paul Kariya; PGA golf’s Ben Garner and Cleveland Golf; AVP volleyball’s Matt Fuerbringer; BMX racing’s Kim Hayashi and Lisa Sher; professional tennis’s Alexa Glatch and Abby Spears. Previous clients include Hall of Famers in multiple sports: Baseball—George Brett, Rod Carew, Tony Gwynn and expected future inductees Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine; Baseball—John Brodie, Len Dawson; Golf—Jim Colbert, Billy Casper, Nick Faldo, Carol Mann; Hockey—Grant Fuhr and the 1980 U.S. Gold Medal winning hockey team.

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