Charlotte Contact Lens Specialists

No wait times. No rushing. Simply personalized and compassionate care.

Meet Dr. Daniel Helin

Dr. Daniel Helin attended undergraduate school at The Ohio State University, graduating with honors. He then continued the Buckeye tradition at Ohio State College of Optometry where he was President of the Contact Lens Advancement Society.


Dr. Helin has a strong passion for working with “hard to fit” corneal cases. He specializes in fits ranging from Keratoconus, Post Radial-Keratectomy and corneal transplants, along with other corneal irregularities and scars. Dr. Helin views the cornea as the gateway to adequate vision.

Taking time with each patient to address issues that are difficult to explain.


Dr. Helin is a member of the American Optometric Association and the North Carolina Optometric Society, along with being MI-Sight certified. He is a future candidate for the Fellowship of the Scleral Lens Society.


Dr. Helin lives with his girlfriend Claire, and is an avid golfer and ice hockey player. He enjoys exploring new food locations within Charlotte, and plans to settle down in the Matthews area in the future.

Meet Dr. Ariel Cerenzie

Dr. Ariel Cerenzie is a West Texas native that fell in love with North Carolina and decided to make it home. She received her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University & her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston College of Optometry. She then completed a cornea and contact lens residency at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

To further her training, Dr. Cerenzie earned fellowships in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS). She is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control and the National Keratoconus Foundation. She frequently publishes and lectures on myopia management and specialty contact lenses to doctors across the country.

Dr. Cerenzie found her passion for helping individuals with specialty contact lenses after she was diagnosed with keratoconus.
She was categorized as a “tough patient” throughout late-childhood with ever-changing prescriptions and “hard-to-fit” eyes. During residency training, she focused on expanding her expertise in myopia management and specialty contact lens care. It became her passion to help patients like her. Charlotte Contact Lens Institute is specifically designed to cater to children with progressive myopia, patients with “hard-to-fit” eyes like those with keratoconus or other corneal problems, and patients effected by dry eye syndrome.

Our Areas of Expertise

Frequently Asked Questions

Charlotte Contact Lens Institute is “out of network” providers for insurance plans. This means that your vision plan will reimburse you directly for your exam, glasses, and/or contact lenses.


Insurance plans cover the bare minimum of care, limiting the time a doctor can spend with a patient, as well as control the types of treatments or contact lenses that can be prescribed. Often the contact lens brands and technology that are “on formulary” limit doctors from providing the best solutions. Through not contracting with insurance plans, Dr. Cerenzie is able to provide care with the highest quality of diagnostics, contact lens technology, and dry eye care services. Rest assured that services are still made affordable without the restrictions of insurance’s policies.


We accept HSA (health savings account) or FSA (flexible spending account) payments, as well as payments with cash, credit card, debit card, Care Credit (a no-interest credit card for medical care), and/or a monthly payment plan option.


A 1500 Form will be provided to patients to request benefit reimbursements. The patient can communicate directly with the insurance provider and reimbursements will be sent directly to the patient.

One of our doctors can provide a free 20-minute video consultation to discuss your vision goals and previous treatments. Click here to schedule an online consultation

Make Appointment

Your first visit will be around two hours with one of our doctos. During this time, they will get to know you and how to best provide a solution for your eye care needs.

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