Scleral Lens Education Society


June 2017

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Scleral Lens Education Society

Board Members:

Mindy Toabe OD, FAAO, FSLS [email protected]
Vice President
Stephanie Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS [email protected]
Pam Satjawatcharaphong OD, FAAO, FSLS [email protected]
Karen Lee OD, FAAO, FSLS
[email protected]
Fellowship Chair
Justine Siergey, OD, FSLS 
Public Education Chair
Maria Walker OD, FAAO, FSLS
[email protected]
International Relations Chair
Langis Michaud OD,MSc, FAAO (Dipl), FSLS [email protected]
Immediate Past President
Melissa Barnett OD, FAAO, FSLS [email protected]

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Happy summer!
Check out our June newsletter for more scleral lens education and fitting fun!

Upcoming Webinars

June 28, 2017 at 8:30 PM EDT.
Fitting and Troubleshooting Scleral Lenses Part 1 (Michael Lipson and Langis Michaud)
Registration Link
August 23, 2017 at 8:30 PM EDT.
Fitting and Troubleshooting Scleral Lenses Part 2 (Stephanie Woo and Langis Michaud)
Registration Link
October 25, 2017 at 8:30 PM EDT
Scleral Lens Publication Update (Mindy Toabe and Muriel Schornack)
Registration Link


You can also view this previous webinar and others on the ' Scleral Lens Education Society' YouTube channel

Modern Scleral Lenses - Indications, Care, Handling and Problem Solving for Ocular Surface Disease 
(Melissa Barnett and Pam Satjawatcharaphong)
Video Link

  Upcoming Workshops

The SLS will offer workshops at these events in the upcoming months: 

Click above to register, 2 hour CE with optional workshop

Sat, June 24, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT

Kansas City Marriott Dowtown
200 W 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Stay tuned for more specific times and registration information for the following:
Vision Expo East:  September 13-16th in 
Las Vegas, NV

East West Eye Conference:  November 2-5th in Cleveland, OH

American Academy of Optometry:  October 11-14th  in Chicago, IL

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American Academy of Optometry Travel Grant

Academy 2017 Chicago travel grant 
coming soon!

Keep an eye out for the application on the AAO website at

Announcing the Newest Scleral Lens Society Fellows!

Please welcome our newest Fellows! These practitioners have demonstrated superior scleral lens expertise and knowledge.
Deepa Chandrasekaran MS, OD, FAAO, FIACLE, Dipl (ABO), FSLS
Gregg Russell OD, FAAO, FSLS
Daddy Fadel DOptom, FSLS
Florencia Yeh OD, FAAO, FSLS

Interested in becoming a fellow?  Click here to apply for fellowship.
Scleral Lens Fellow Spotlight

We are proud to spotlight SLS Fellow Dr. Justine L. Siergey this quarter!

Dr. Justine L. Siergey OD FSLS is a specialty contact lens fitter in a private practice in Orlando, FL. She grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and attended the University of Alberta before getting her OD from Pacific University College of Optometry.  After graduation she immersed herself in specialty contact lens fitting and learned to fit scleral lenses on her practice's large irregular cornea population. Shortly after, she was asked to start lecturing on the topic and now enjoys speaking across the country as well as internationally. Justine became a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society in 2015 and began helping to promote the SLS as the community outreach chair. She is currently the fellowship chair, where she guides candidates through the fellowship process. She loves to share her passion about scleral lenses with her patients and colleagues alike. 

Question: What aspect of scleral lens fitting still challenges you today?

Answer: With so many available designs and parameters, the actual fit of the scleral has gotten easier but the patient expectations have not. I find the most difficult fits to be patients with unilateral or asymmetric irregularity. When a patient has one eye that sees well with either a soft lens or uncorrected, the expectations for the other eye can be unrealistic. I spend a lot of time on education up front to try to manage realistic expectations. 

Question: Any advice to new fitters getting started in a specialty lens practice?

Answer: Don't let striving for the perfect fit stress you out. There is a lot of wiggle room between a great fit and the perfect fit. As a general rule, I stop making changes if it doesn't improve the health of the eye, comfort or overall vision of the patient. 50um more than ideal clearance will just give you something to improve on next year.

Have an Interesting Case Report?

If you have a scleral lens case report that you would be willing to share, please send it to  scleral lens society

These case reports will be in an upcoming publication, and may be featured in our quarterly newsletter.

Resources for Scleral Lenses

Check out this recent article involving scleral lenses for free on PubMed! has great information for practitioners and patients alike! Printable information, videos, and brochures are available. We have recently updated application and removal videos on our website: Click here to view the videos

Also visit the GPLI and I-site websites for valuable scleral lens information.
Membership & Fellowship

Membership allows contact lens fitters access to the practitioner's section of the website that contains scleral lens fitting resources.
One of the most frequent questions we get from members is: "How do I get my name listed in the Fitters section of the website?" To be listed as a Fitter on the website, you must become a Fellow of the SLS.
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.       
Click here to find out more about becoming a SLS fellow. 
About the SLS

The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS) is a non-profit organization 501(c)3 commited 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.