The Director of the California Keratoconus Center, Dr. Barry Leonard, is an Optometrist with over 35 years in treating patients for almost any kind of eye disease or condition. But Keratoconus is a rare and difficult-to-diagnose eye condition that requires special training to both diagnose and treat. Finding the right Keratoconus doctor is your first step in seeing clearly.
Also — and this is unique among Keratoconus specialists — Dr. Leonard is a Keratoconus patient himself so he understands your condition from your perspective far better than other eye doctors can.
Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea thins, bulges and becomes cone-shaped. So rather than the normal rounding of the cornea — or the too-flat or too-pointy rounding of the cornea associated with near-sightedness or far-sightedness, Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea almost develops angled sides leading up to a central point. (For more info, read “What is Keratoconus?“)
As a result, the normal treatments you would receive for poor vision — such as contact lenses or prescription glasses — just won’t work. In the case of contact lenses, the lens cannot rest smoothly on the cornea (Imagine an upside down teacup with the saucer placed on top of it…it just doesn’t fit right).
And glasses cannot be made to always keep in focus no matter which direction the eye is pointed. The point of the corneal cone will continually be pointing in different directions, and glasses cannot be made to follow along with the direction of your eyes to stay in focus.
In other words, it’s difficult to treat Keratoconus.
But Dr. Barry Leonard, the Director of the California Keratoconus Center, is a specialist in the diagnosis of Keratoconus, and in treating patients with Keratoconus. That’s because he has been trained to fit and prescribe custom contact lenses for Keratoconus, and has treated over 1,800 Keratoconus patients over the past 35 years.
Your Keratoconus can be treated with a number of different types of contact lenses.
And yes, there are surgical Keratoconus treatments, too.
But the right treatment for you is a personal decision — one that you need to arrive at with the help of a expert Keratoconus doctor.