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Scleral Lenses: A Promising Solution for Dry Eye Relief

Scleral Contact Lenses and Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It can cause discomfort, blurry vision, and even impact daily activities. While there are various treatments available, one innovative option gaining attention is the use of scleral contact lenses. These specialized contact lenses provide significant relief to individuals suffering from dry eye by offering enhanced comfort and moisture retention. In this blog post, we will explore how scleral lenses can alleviate the symptoms of dry eye and improve overall eye health.

Scleral Contact Lenses and Dry Eye Relief

Scleral lenses are larger-than-average contact lenses that vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye1. Unlike traditional contact lenses, scleral lenses do not make direct contact with the cornea, allowing for a layer of fluid to be trapped between the lens and the eye’s surface2. This fluid reservoir acts as a lubricating cushion, providing continuous hydration and protection to the eyes3.

The unique design of scleral lenses offers several benefits for individuals with dry eye. Firstly, the reservoir of fluid helps to maintain a moist environment around the eye, reducing the discomfort caused by dryness4. Secondly, the lenses act as a barrier against external irritants, such as dust or allergens, preventing them from reaching the eye’s surface5. This barrier effect can also help retain moisture by minimizing tear evaporation6.

Furthermore, the space between the lens and the cornea allows for the application of artificial tears or lubricating solutions. These solutions can be added directly to the lens before insertion, providing prolonged relief from dryness throughout the day7. This feature makes scleral lenses a preferred choice for individuals with severe dry eye symptoms who require frequent lubrication8.

Struggling with Dry Eye, Scleral Lenses Can be a Great Solution

 If you are struggling with dry eye syndrome and have not found adequate relief from conventional treatments, scleral lenses may be worth considering. Consult with an eye care professional who specializes in fitting scleral lenses to determine if they are suitable for your specific needs. The innovative design and therapeutic benefits of scleral lenses can provide significant relief, improving your overall comfort and quality of life. Say goodbye to dry eyes and embrace a new level of eye health with scleral lenses.

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  • Ariel Cerenzie


Scleral Contact Lenses and the Charlotte Contact Lens Institute

At the Charlotte Contact Lens Institute, Dr. Ariel Cerenzie specializes in prescribing scleral contact lenses for a variety of conditions, including dry eye disease. The Charlotte Contact Lens Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure relief from painful dry eye symptoms. Scleral contact lenses are a great dry eye treatment and solution for patient’s that have tried “everything else”.  Visit our page at to learn more!



  1. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (n.d.). Scleral Lenses. Retrieved from ↩
  2. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (n.d.). What are Scleral Lenses and How Do They Work? Retrieved from ↩
  3. Rosenthal, P., & Cotter, J. M. (2013). The Boston Scleral Lens in the Management of Severe Ocular Surface Disease. The Ocular Surface, 11(1), 53–63. doi:10.1016/j.jtos.2012.09.003 ↩
  4. 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 ↩
  5. Rosenthal, P., & Croteau, A. (2013). Fluid-ventilated, gas-permeable scleral contact lens is an effective option for managing severe ocular surface disease and many corneal disorders that would otherwise require penetrating keratoplast ↩
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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.