The ophthalmologists and optometrists of the Marietta Eye Clinic each chose to join this practice because of a common philosophy, providing the highest quality patient care possible. Marietta Eye doctors are the experts in their fields, the top graduates in their educational and training programs, and deeply compassionate health care providers. The physicians and optometrists here research and provide the latest technology for their patients, listen intently to their patients’ needs, and ensure their patients have the highest quality support and surgical staff available. We invite you to explore the credentials and personality of our doctors on this page. Thank you for considering the Marietta Eye Clinic.
Dr. Schlesinger practices in the field of specialty contact lenses. Unlike the typical cosmetic contact lenses individuals wear on a day-to-day basis, specialty contact lenses address issues that cosmetic contact lenses cannot handle. These issues include corneal disease that makes seeing out of eyeglasses impossible, post-surgical corneas that cannot be fit with standard contact lenses due to their abnormal shape, eyes unable to blink normally as a result of neurological deficits or as an expected complication of necessary surgery on nerves or muscles responsible for blinking, and contact lenses that allow individuals to spend all waking hours free of contact lens wear and free from wearing eyeglasses.
Most of the contact lenses Dr. Schlesinger fits he designs from the “ground level” up for each individual eye. This level of customization allows Dr. Schlesinger to optimize the fit for both comfort and vision while ensuring maximum wear time and avoidance of adverse effects on the eyes’ health. Dr. Schlesinger only fits “commercially available” lens designs that offer a high level of individual customization for these very same reasons.
In addition to his specialty contact lens practice, Dr. Schlesinger also practices primary care optometry, where he conducts routine eye examinations and treats certain eye diseases and injuries.
Dr. Schlesinger holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in management information systems from Georgia College and State University, and a doctorate degree in optometry from the Southern College of Optometry. This unique combination of skills gives Dr. Schlesinger the ability to meld his knowledge of contact lens fitting with his knowledge of high technology, including programming and artificial intelligence, to provide his patients with the highest level of contact lens design available today. His technological skills led him to write one of the first computer programs used to design soft contact lenses for astigmatism (1988) and the first nomogram software program used to calculate the number of incisions and their placement for the Radial Keratotomy (RK) refractive surgery procedure (1993).
While scleral contact lenses have only been coming into their own in optometric practice since 2010, Dr. Schlesinger has been fitting scleral contact lenses since the mid-1990s. Orthokeratology contact lenses began blossoming in practice around 2008. Once again, Dr. Schlesinger began fitting orthokeratology contact lenses in the mid-1990s.
Dr. Schlesinger has lectured both nationally and internationally on contact lens-related topics over the entirety of his career, which began in 1982. His lectures have been given at international conferences for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), at the coveted annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (which draws doctors from all over the globe), and at smaller regional meetings where specific speakers are sought out to share their expertise and insight at a more personal level with attendees.
In addition to his history as a speaker, Dr. Schlesinger has published multiple research articles and papers in peer-reviewed professional journals over the years as well as contributed a chapter on orthokeratology to a book on cataract and refractive surgery. He has conducted many FDA clinical field trial studies for new contact lenses coming to market, new contact lens solutions coming to market, and after-market studies on existing products to ascertain their applicability to and effectiveness for certain conditions.
Fellow, The American Academy of Optometry
Fellow, The American College of Optometric Physicians
Fellow, Scleral Lens Society
Honorary Fellow, The British Contact Lens Association
United States Air Force Commendation Medal (Two-time recipient)
International Who’s Who in Information Technology
Beta Sigma Kappa, Mu Sigma Rho, Alpha Epsilon Delta Academic Honor Societies
Bachelor’s degree in zoology from Louisiana State University
Master’s degree in management information systems from Georgia College and State University
Doctorate degree in optometry from the Southern College of Optometry
The American Academy of Optometry
The Society of Professional Optometrists
The Scleral Lens Education Society