January 2014

In This Issue
Fundamentals of Sclerals at GSLS
SLS Scholarship
Continuing Education
Lens Care Video
Membership & Fellowship

Scleral Lens Education Society



Bruce Baldwin, OD, PhD, FAAO


Vice President

Jason Jedlicka, OD,  FAAO



Muriel Schornack, OD,  FAAO



Melissa Barnett, OD


Fellowship Chair

Michael Lipson, OD,  FAAO


Education Chair

Lynette Johns, OD,  FAAO


International Relations Chair

Eef van der Worp, BOptom, PhD, FAAO, FIACLE


Immediate Past President

Christine W Sindt, OD, FAAO













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Greetings from the SLS board
The Scleral Lens Society continues to grow since our founding in May 2010. We currently have over 1500 members from 49 countries. We believe our efforts to educate practitioners has contributed significantly to the global growth of the scleral lens market in recent years. In this newsletter we share with you of some of our  activities. Please pass this Newsletter on to friends, and check out our Facebook page.  

L-R:  Muriel Schornack, Secretary ; Jason Jedlicka, VP; Melissa Barnett, Treasurer; Bruce Baldwin, President; Mindy Toabe, Committee Member; Michael Lipson, Fellowship Chair; Greg DeNaeyer, Co-founder; Eef van der Worp, International Relations Chair; Lynette Johns, Education Chair; Christine Sindt, Co-founder and Immediate Past President


Principles of Sclerals in Las Vegas


The Scleral Lens Education Society is hosting our third annual four-hour education block on on scleral lens fitting at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Thursday January 23, 2014 from 8:30 am to 12:30pm. The program features Drs. Eef van der Worp, Christine Sindt, Melissa Barnett, Lynette Johns, and Bruce Baldwin and covers everything from:


- Today's Modern Scleral Lens/Scleral Shape

- Scleral Lens Design: Basic Concepts to Advanced Options

- Fitting and Troubleshooting: Normal Eyes & OSD 

- Fitting and Troubleshooting: the Irregular Cornea


Visit the GSLS2014 website for details. 


SLS Scholarship

The SLS provided a $6000 research scholarship to Cherie B. Nau, OD.  Cherie is a clinician/researcher at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. The award was an unrestricted grant to use on any of her five scleral lens research protocols.  This award was made possible through the generous support of the SLS donors.  Continued sponsorship will allow us to expand scholarship offerings. Read more about Dr Nau's research from the 2013 ARVO (Program #5465):

SLS Sponsored CE

Workshop 2013 AAO The SLS is an Administrator for CE sponsored by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE).  In addition to several CE events the SLS has hosted, Board Members of the SLS have contributed to numerous lectures, webinars, and publications. Over the past two years we have presented more than 100 contact hours of CE at dozens of venues, reaching thousands of participants around the globe.  Many of these presentations are archived and can be found at the links below.


Scleral Lens Education Society:

Gas Perm Lens Institute: 



Scleral Lens Nomenclature

After considering input from a number of sources, the Scleral Lens Education Society recommends internationally recognized nomenclature for describing scleral lenses according to size and fit characteristics. This task is difficult due to the large number of naming schemes by individuals, manufacturers, and distributors. The goals are to simplify and generalize the nomenclature. According to the SLS recommendations, the bearing of the lens is the defining feature in scleral lens terminology. Simply put, if a lens rests completely on the cornea, it is called a corneal lens. A lens that partly rests on the cornea (centrally or peripherally), and partly on the sclera is called a corneo-scleral lens. A lens that rests entirely on the sclera, is a scleral lens no matter how large that lens is. The Scleral Lens Education Society advises against using diameter classification in scleral lens nomenclature, to avoid confusion (for instance in cases of extremely large or small eyes).

Full SLS Nomenclature Report


Scleral Lens Application Video 

Scleral Contact Lens Insertion, Removal, Troubleshooting and Lens Care
Scleral Contact Lens Insertion, Removal, Troubleshooting and Lens Care
Dr Christine Sindt has developed a clinically very useful Scleral Lens Insertion, Removal, Troubleshooting and Lens Care video, that can be viewed at the SLS website.  The video was produced with an unrestricted grant from Bausch & Lomb.


Membership & Fellowship
How do I get my name listed in the Fitters section of the website?

Membership allows contact lens fitters access to the practitioner's section of the website that contains scleral lens fitting resources.


   One of the more common questions we get from members, via the website "Contact Us" or the SLS email ( is "How do I get my name listed in the Fitters section of the website?"

   Optometrists, ophthalmologists, and Fellows of the Contact Lens Society of America (FCLSA) who have proven themselves in the field of scleral lens fitting can apply for status as a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society.             Fellows  have submitted a total of three case reports, publications, or presentations and had the submissions approved by the Fellowship Committee. The current Fellowship Chair is Michael Lipson, and detailed instructions are found in the "Practitioners" section of the SLS website.

    Currently there are 32 fitters from 9 countries. The fitters section is available to the general public, and patients are finding fitters in their area through the fitters page. We would love to see hundreds of new Fellows, so get your case reports in to Dr Lipson.  



About Us

The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS) is a non-profit 
organization 501(c)3 committed to teaching contact lens practitioners the science and art of fitting all designs of scleral contact lenses for the purpose of managing corneal irregularity and ocular surface disease. SLS supports public education that highlights the benefits and availability of scleral contact lenses.