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Gary Gunderson, OD, MS, FAAO

Associate Professor

Phone: 312-949-7315

Why ICO?

I have a teaching degree, a research degree and a clinical degree. My appointment at ICO allows me to work in all areas of my training. We have a fine clinical program here at ICO and an excellent faculty to prepare you for a wonderful career.


Dr. Gunderson started teaching at ICO after two years in private practice. He maintained a private practice for many years before devoting all his time to teaching. He is involved in clinical teaching in primary care and cornea and contact lenses, coordinates fitting labs for contact lenses, and lectures in ocular physiology. Dr. Gunderson’s outside interests includes travel, sports, photography, boating and the Civil War.

Special Interests
Contact lenses, physiology and macular pigments

Illinois College of Optometry, OD
Northern Illinois University, MS
Northern Illinois University, BS


Illinois College of Optometry

Awards and Honors

Excellence in Education teaching award

Professional Organizations

Member, Illinois Optometric Association
Member, American Optometric Association
Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Sons of Veterans of the Civil War


Drug delivery with Contact Lenses

Specialty Tints in Contact Lenses

Soft Contact Lenses for Astigmatism