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Scleral Lenses: A Game-Changer for Managing Keratoconus

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition characterized by the thinning and bulging of the cornea, resulting in distorted vision. While glasses or regular contact lenses may not provide sufficient visual correction, scleral lenses have emerged as an effective solution for managing keratoconus. In this blog post, we will explore how scleral lenses can address the unique visual challenges posed by keratoconus and improve the quality of life for those living with this condition.

Scleral Lenses and Keratoconus

Scleral lenses are large, gas-permeable contact lenses that rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye. Unlike traditional lenses, scleral lenses vault over the irregular cornea, creating a smooth and optically correct surface for light to enter the eye1. This design effectively compensates for the corneal irregularities caused by keratoconus, resulting in improved vision.

One of the key advantages of scleral lenses for keratoconus is their ability to create a tear-filled reservoir between the lens and the cornea. This reservoir acts as a protective cushion, reducing friction and providing continuous hydration to the cornea2. By maintaining a stable and moist environment, scleral lenses alleviate discomfort and minimize the occurrence of dryness, a common symptom associated with keratoconus.

Furthermore, the precise fit of scleral lenses helps to stabilize the cornea and reduce the progression of keratoconus3. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with advancing stages of the condition.

Improving Vision in Eyes with Keratoconus

If you have keratoconus and are seeking an effective vision correction option, scleral lenses may be the answer. Their unique design and ability to provide a smooth optical surface make them an excellent choice for managing the visual challenges posed by keratoconus. Consult with an eye care professional who specializes in fitting scleral lenses to determine if they are suitable for your specific needs. Discover the transformative power of scleral lenses and regain visual clarity and comfort in your everyday life.

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  • Ariel Cerenzie


Scleral Contact Lenses and the Charlotte Contact Lens Institute

The Charlotte Contact Lens Institute specializes in custom scleral contact lenses for keratoconus. Dr. Ariel Cerenzie pursued a residency in cornea and contact lenses. Her practice is entirely dedicated to custom specialty lenses to provide the best vision and quality of life for patients with keratoconus. Visit our page to learn more.



  1. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (n.d.). Scleral Lenses. Retrieved from ↩
  2. Barnett, M., & Johns, L. (2013). Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 36(6), 289–292. doi:10.1016/j.clae.2013.07.009 ↩
  3. Michaud, L., & van der Worp, E. (2013). Scleral Lens Fitting: Pearls and Pitfalls. Contact Lens Spectrum, 28(10), 34–39. Retrieved from–pearls-and-pitfalls ↩
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Charlotte Contact Lens Institute is specifically designed to cater to children with progressive myopia, patients who need customized scleral contact lenses for treatment of keratoconus or other corneal problems, or have hard-to-fit” eyes and/or dry eye syndrome. Charlotte Contact Lens Institute is located in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, North Carolina, which makes us convenient to many parts of Charlotte, including downtown / uptown Charlotte. Our patients come from all over North Carolina and South Carolina and we have patients in Columbia, South Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, Winston Salem, North Carolina, or even Asheville, North Carolina, and have had patients travel from as far as four hours away to be fit in custom Scleral contact lenses. Whether you’re in Fort Mill, Concord, Gastonia, Rock Hill, Mint Hill, Huntersville, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Plaza Midwood, or Matthews, our office is worth the drive for the most specialized scleral lens fitting experience in the area. We offer our scleral contact lens, ortho-k / myopia management services, and other specialized optometry services for patients living in Mecklenburg county, York county, Union county, Cabarrus county, Gaston county, Iredell county, Rowan county, Lancaster county, Catawba county, and Lincoln county, as well as all of North Carolina and South Carolina, including Rock Hill South Carolina, Greenville, South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, and Greensboro, North Carolina, Winston Salem, North Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina.