Kathleen Leone, MD, FACSBoard-Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon
Dr. Kathleen Leone has been in practice for more than 20 years, bringing expertise and skill to cataract and refractive patients.
The first local doctor to introduce laser-assisted cataract surgery to Wilmington
Kathleen C. Leone, MD, FACS is a board-certified LASIK and cataract surgeon and has been in practice in Wilmington since 1998. She graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
A Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Leone served eight years of active duty before joining the Wilmington medical community. She served at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Guam Naval Hospital, and with the Marines at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital.
She began performing refractive surgery in 1995 and has been awarded certifications in iLASIK, CustomVue® Intralase® laser vision correction as well as Visian ICL™ implantable Collamer lens insertion. Dr. Leone believes there is no better time to have refractive surgery from a technological viewpoint. It’s safe and wonderfully precise, and Wilmington Eye is the only fixed base iLASIK provider in eastern North Carolina. As such, we have an unprecedented edge over competitors.
I love practicing ophthalmology. It is extremely rewarding to help patients improve their vision. To have a patient that has worn glasses since elementary school become spectacle-free is exhilarating. It is an awesome privilege to perform vision correction procedures. Get ready for a life-changing event!
Dr. Leone specializes in bladeless cataract surgery using the latest intraocular lens technology. She was the first cataract surgeon in Wilmington to be certified in this technique and performed the first surgery in Wilmington in September 2013. One of her goals in performing cataract surgery is to provide the patient with clear vision once again. However, with the advanced lifestyle of intraocular lens implants, a secondary goal, if the patient chooses, is to decrease the patient’s dependence on prescription glasses, contact lenses, and even magnifiers from the drugstore.
Dr. Leone performs LASIK procedures at The LASIK Center of Wilmington Eye. She also performs cataract and other refractive surgeries at Wilmington Eye Surgery Center, the practice’s state-of-the-art freestanding ambulatory surgery center (ASC).
Professional Society Memberships
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- Alpha Omega Alpha