San Diego, CA June 21, 2010 – The Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association honored San Diego Optometrist, Dr. Jerry Legerton, with the 2010 Achievement Award at the annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Legerton practiced in Lemon Grove and Rancho Penasquitos, served as an elected City Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem for the City of Lemon Grove and served as a Director of the San Diego Association of Governments. Dr. Legerton was honored for his community service with a proclamation by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for Jerome A. Legerton Day on June 20, 1995.
He is an accomplished author, lecturer, vision scientist and consultant to the ophthalmic industry. He is an inventor on twenty-three issued patents and more than thirty patents pending for multifocal, aberration blocking, hybrid and scleral contact lenses, refractive surgery, corneal refractive therapy, contact lenses for refractive error regulation, contact lenses for wearable displays, humanitarian eyewear and diagnostic devices.
Legerton is a founder of SynergEyes, Inc. in Carlsbad, CA and co-inventor of Paragon CRT, a novel lens for overnight Corneal Refractive Therapy. During his 26 years in the private practice of optometry he specialized in low vision and contact lenses and served as the managing partner of a seven doctor multi-specialty practice in San Diego. He was named the Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association and Optometrist of the Year by the San Diego Optometric Society.
Having served as Benedict Professor, Practice Management for the University of Houston, College of Optometry in 1997-98 he is now the Practice Management Editor for Primary Care Optometry News and a Contributing Editor for Review of Optometry. He has published more than fifty articles in professional journals and has lectured on six continents.
He remains active in product development of contact lens enabled wearable electronic displays, humanitarian eyewear, and devices for early detection of ocular disease. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the San Diego Specialty Contact Lens Symposium to be held February 11-13, 2011 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Perelandra College in La Mesa, CA.
Dr. Legerton is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry and received his MBA from Pepperdine University.