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Leonard Messner, OD, FAAO

Phone: 312-949-7108

Professor; Vice President for Patient Care Services; Executive Director of the Illinois Eye Institute


Leonard V. Messner, OD, FAAO, is the Vice President for Patient Care Services of the Illinois College of Optometry and serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Eye Institute.Dr. Messner holds the rank of Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, and has clinical privileges in the areas of vitreoretinal and neuro-ophthalmic disorders. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and currently serves as the chair of the Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Optometry. He is the author and co-author of numerous professional articles and textbook chapters on retina-vitreous and neuro-ophthalmic disorders, and a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and abroad. His areas of research include: optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetic macular edema and visual-motor abnormalities with traumatic brain injury.

Special Interests
Neuro-ophthalmic disorders, Retina-vitreous

1999  Harvard School of Public Health, Certificate in Advanced Leadership Strategies for Health Care Executives
1998  University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Certificate in Financial Analysis for Nonfinancial Managers
1985  Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Primary Eye Care Residency
1984  Pennsylvania College of Optometry, OD
1979  University of Pittsburgh, BS


1985-present  Illinois College of Optometry

Awards and Honors

2005-present  Who’s Who in Health Sciences Education
2002, 2006-07, 2008, 2010 Teacher of the Year, Illinois College of Optometry Fourth Professional Year Class
1998-present  Who’s Who in the Midwest
1998-present  Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
1997-present  Who’s Who in America
1997  Golden Apple Award, Illinois College of Optometry Student Association
1994-99, 2001-06, 2008-09, 2010-11  Teacher of the Year, Illinois College of Optometry Third Professional Year Class
Council on Ethics Professionalism Award, Illinois College of Optometry
1984  Alumni Association Citations for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
1981  Beta Sigma Kappa Academic Honor Society

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
Member, American Optometric Association
Member, Illinois Optometric Association
North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society
Prentice Society
Metropolitan Club of Chicago
Healthcare Council
Vistage International


Patel R, Messner LV, Teitelbaum BA, Michel K, Hariprasad S. Characterization of ischemic index using ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography in patients with focal and diffuse recalcitrant diabetic macular edema. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 (article in press).

Haaland Stone WJ, Ittner EA, Teitelbaum BA, Messner LV. Progressive, asymptomatic papilledema as the presenting sign of a Chiari I malformation. Optometry. 2012; 83:114-9.

Cao D, Zele AJ, Pokorny J, Lee DY, Messner LV, Diehl C, Ksiazek S. Functional loss in the magnocellular and parvocellular pathways in patients with optic neuritis.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011; 52:8900-7.

Galetta KM, Brandes LE, Maki K, Dziemianowicz MS, Laudano E, Allen M, Lawler K, Sennett B, Wiebe D, Devick S, Messner LV, Galetta SL, Balcer LJ. The King-Devick Test and Sports-Related Concussion: Study of a Rapid Visual Screening Tool in a Collegiate Cohort. J Neurological Sci. 2011; 309:34-9.

Klemencic S, McMahon J, Upadhyay S, Messner LV. Spectral domain ocular coherence tomography as a predictor of visual function in chronic solar maculopathy. Optom Vis Sci. 2011; 88:1014-9.

Galetta KM, Barrett J, Allen M, Madda F, Delicata D, Tennant AT, Branas CC, Maguire MG, Messner LV, Devick S, Galetta SL, Balcer LJ. The King-Devick Test as a determinant of head trauma and concussion in boxers and mixed martial arts fighters. Neurology. 2011; 76:1456-62.

Tsang T, Messner LV, Pilon A, Lombardi L. Torpedo maculopathy: in vivo histology using optical coherence tomography. Optom Vis Sci 2009; 86:1380-5.

Winters JE, Messner LV, Gable EM, et al. Coordinating eye and primary medical care in a low income and uninsured population: the experience of the Vision of Hope Health Alliance (VOHHA). Optometry 2008; 79:730-6.

Wallace S, Pilon A, Kwok P, Messner LV, Hitchcock Y. Ophthalmic manifestations of an undifferentiated sinonasal carcinoma. Optom Vis Sci 2008; 85:226-29.

Pilon AF, Rhee PS, Newman TL, Messner LV. Bilateral abducens palsies and facial weakness as initial manifestations of a Chiari 1 malformation. Optom Vis Sci. 2007; 84:936-40.

Pilon AF, Newman TL, Messner LV. Neurosensory detachment of the macula arising from a fractured inner limiting membrane secondary to chronically elevated intra-ocular pressure. Optom Vis Sci. 2006; 83:415-20.

Pilon AF, Rhee PS, Messner LV. Bilateral serous macular detachments due to Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. Optom Vis Sci 2005: 82:573-8.

Spies A, Messner LV. An untreated macular hole with adjacent choroidal neovascularization. Optom Vis Sci 2003; 80:619-22.