Melissa Barnett, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S., F.B.C.L.A.

Principal Optometrist

To see if Melissa Barnett is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).




Ocular Surface Disease

Contact Lenses

Medically Necessary Contact Lenses

Locations and Contact

Laser Vision Correction Services - Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science

77 Cadillac Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95825

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Student Health and Counseling Services (current UC Davis students only) Pavilion Sports Clinic

North Hall 750 Orchard Rd
Davis Davis, CA CA 95616 95616

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe that my patients deserve excellent care for their vision, eye and systemic health, which are all intertwined. By listening and working with my patients and discussing various options, we can accomplish optimal results. I use my skills, experience, advancing and new technologies to benefit my patients each day. 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Barnett's clinical interests include anterior segment disease, dry eye, scleral lenses, Sjögren's Syndrome, contact lenses, keratoconus, myopia management, multifocal contact lenses, and specialty contact lenses.

Research/Academic Interests

Current research studies are on the progression of dry eyes in Sjögren's Syndrome, scleral lenses and keratoconus. 






Medical School

O.D., F.A.A.O., UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Berkeley CA

Fellow, British Contact Lens Organization,

Full Member, International Society of Contact Lens Specialists,

Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO),

Board Certification in the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry,

Fellowship in the Scleral Lens Education Society,

Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry,

Young Optometrist of the Year, California Optometric Association,

President, Scleral Lens Education Society,

Secretary of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry,

Board Member Women of Vision,

Board Member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute,

Acs M, Caffery B, Barnett M, Edmonds C, Johnson-Tong L, Maharaj R, Pemberton B, Papinski D, Harthan J, Srinivasan S. Customary practices in the monitoring of dry eye disease in Sjogren’s syndrome. J Optom. (2018),

Barnett M, Ross J, Durbin-Johnson B. Preliminary Clinical Exploration of Scleral Lens Performance on Normal Eyes. JCLRS [Internet]. 22Nov.2018 [cited 2Dec.2018];2(2):e14-e21.

Barnett M. Fadel D. Clinical Guide for Scleral Lens Success. September 2018.

Mannis MJ, Ling JJ, Kyrillos R, Barnett M. Keratoconus and Personality-A Review. Cornea. 2018 Mar;37(3):400-404. 

Caffery B, Harthan J, Acs, M, Barnett M, Johnson-Tong L, Kelly S, Papinski D, Pemberton B, Srinivasan S. Comparison of the Severity of Dry Eye in Sjogren’s Syndrome versus Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye. Poster American Academy of Optometry. October 2017.

Barnett, M, Lien, V, Li, JY, Durbin-Johnson, B, Mannis, MJ. Use of Scleral Lenses and Mini-scleral Lenses After Penetrating Keratoplasty. Eye Contact Lens. 2016 May;42(3):185-9. 

Barnett M, Johns L. Ophthalmology Current and Future Developments (Volume 4). Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application. ISSN (Online): 2468-7170, ISSN (Print): 2468-7162, ISBN (Online): 978-1-68108-566-1, ISBN (Print): 978-1-68108-567-8, © 2017, Bentham eBooks imprint.

Pecego, M, Barnett, M, Mannis MJ, Durbin-Johnson, B. Jupiter Scleral Lenses – The UC Davis Eye Center Experience. Eye & Contact Lens. 2012 May;38(3):179-82.

Barnett M, Mannis MJ. Contact Lenses in the Management of Keratoconus. Cornea. 2011Dec;30(12):1510-6.

Barnett, M. Multifocal Scleral lenses. A look at available lenses that can help our presbyopic patients. Contact Lens Spectrum. December 2015.

Barnett, M, Lien, V, Li, JY, Durbin-Johnson, B, Mannis, MJ. Use of Scleral Lenses and Miniscleral Lenses After Penetrating Keratoplasty. Eye Contact Lens. 2015 Jul 24.

Barnett, M, Lien, V, Li, J, Durbin-Johnson, B, Mannis, M. Use of Scleral Lenses and Mini-Scleral Lenses Following Penetrating Keratoplasty. Poster at GSLS. January 2015.