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Dr. Gary Tracy and John Lennon

We’re excited to introduce you to Dr. Gary Tracy, an esteemed optometrist who has been faithfully serving not only the Upper West Side but all neighborhoods, states, and patients from many other countries around the world. With decades of experience and an impressive roster of notable patients, including the legendary John Lennon, Dr. Tracy specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions such as dry eye, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Dr. Gary Tracy has served as an optometrist in the Upper West Side for decades and has a rich legacy providing eye care and optical services to a diverse population, including celebrities and individuals from the creative and performing arts. 

In one article, he said, “When I was young, I sometimes questioned whether I’d made the right decision to become an optometrist and move to New York. But it has been a privilege to be a part of the Upper West Side for so many years.” 

Being an independent optometrist in New York City has given me the opportunity to know many fascinating and diverse people, both celebrities and non-celebrities. Where else would I have had the opportunity to meet someone like John Lennon?” 

The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes  

Dr. Tracy shares his memories and experiences from his interactions with Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono.


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John Lennon’s Glasses Reunited with His Optometrist 

This article recounts the story of John Lennon’s stolen glasses being recovered and returned to Dr. Tracy. 

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John Lennon’s Eye Doctor Looks Back at Beatle on Anniversary of his Death 

Dr. Tracy reminisces about his time with the iconic Beatles member, recalling their chats.

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A Story About Me and John 

Singer-songwriter and music producer David Bronson recalls his experience visiting Dr. Tracy’s office and seeing the photos of Lennon displayed on the wall.  

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Gary James’ Radio Interview with John Lennon’s Optometrist 

In this interview, Dr. Tracy describes Lennon as a down-to-earth person who loved New York City and cherished family life. 

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An Optometrist Recalls Late-Night Chats with John Lennon & That Awful Night 

Dr. Tracy fondly remembers his late-night conversations with Lennon during his visits to the practice from 1974 to 1979. 

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