March 2015

In This Issue

Scleral Lens Education Society



Muriel Schornack OD, FAAO, FSLS

Vice President
Melissa Barnett OD, FAAO, FSLS

Michael Lipson OD, FAAO, FSLS

Mindy Toabe OD, FAAO, FSLS

Fellowship Chair
Pam Satjawatcharaphong OD, FAAO, FSLS

Public Education Chair
Stephanie Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS

International Relations Chair
Langis Michaud OD,MSc, FAAO (Dipl), FSLS

Immediate Past President
Jason Jedlicka OD, FAAO, FSLS










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Did you know...
According to Gregory Denaeyer, OD, FAAO, "removing a scleral lens is another way to evaluate the haptic fit. With a plunger positioned just inside the lens edge, a well-fit scleral lens will lift off without resistance."  
(Contact Lens Spectrum, Mar., 2015). 


Scleral Lenses: A Treatment Option for Patients with Persistent Epithelial Defects

Management of patients with persistent epithelial defects of the cornea can be very challenging. Th is article reviews current standard therapies and recently introduced alternative therapies which may change the way we manage corneal surface disease.  Full Article

Save the date! Upcoming Scleral Webinar

The Scleral Lens Society is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, April 1 at 9pm EST. 

"Scleral Lens Indications"
Presented by Dr. Muriel Schornack and Dr. Melissa Barnett

Find out which patients are good candidates for scleral lenses and learn about the benefits that scleral lenses have to offer! Don't miss this event!

To sign up,  click here



Therapeutic Use of   Mini-Scleral  Le n ses 
i n a Patient with Graves' Ophthalm opathy

Jennifer S. Harthan, OD, FAAO  


Patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy can be very challenging to manage secondary to the complex nature of their disease presentation. Patients may present with a variety of ocular findings including: lid retraction, periorbital and lid swelling, chemosis, conjunctival hyperemia, proptosis, optic neuropathy, restrictive myopathy, exposure keratopathy and/or keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Mini-scleral and scleral lens designs have been important in the management of irregular and regular corneas, and in the therapy of ocular surface diseases.  Full Case Report


SLES Travel Grant!

The Scleral Lens Education Society is offering a $750 travel grant to current fourth year optometry students and optometry residents! If you are presenting a scleral lens related poster or paper at American Academy of Optometry of Global Specialty Lens Symposium, please  click here to apply!

Other great resources for scleral lenses has great information for practitioners and patients alike! Printable information, videos, and brochures are available. Also visit the GPLI and I-site websites for valuable scleral lens information.

GPLI has some great archived webinars (free!) about scleral lenses that you might find useful.  Click here

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 Pam Satjawatcharaphong. Detailed instructions are found in the "Practitioners" section of the SLS website.


We would love to see hundreds of new Fellows, so please submit your case reports to     

Dr. Satjawatcharaphong!




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.