The Director of the California Keratoconus Center, Dr. Barry Leonard, is an Optometrist with over 35 years of experience treating patients for almost every eye disease or condition. But Keratoconus is a rare and difficult-to-diagnose eye condition requiring special training to 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.
Since being diagnosed with the disease in 1985, he has built, staffed, and equipped one of the premier Keratoconus treatment centers in the world with the singular goal of having a team of Keratoconus doctors as skilled as he is, allowing the Center to give many more patients the joy of clearer vision.
Keratoconus causes an odd or cone-shaped cornea, which not only causes blurred vision, but also halos, distortion, streaking lights, and more. The shape of your eye makes conventional contacts fit very poorly, causing general discomfort, headaches, dry eyes and itchiness. That is why your Keratoconus affects your life so much…and why you want to find the right treatment as soon as possible. (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 — 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 more than 1,800 Keratoconus patients over the past 35 years.
During this time, he has assembled a team of the finest Keratoconus specialists, trained them in the pioneering treatments pioneered at the Center, and together, they have the skills and capacity to treat hundreds more patients.
Your Keratoconus can be treated with several 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 an expert Keratoconus doctor.