In This Issue

Scleral Lens Education Society

Board Members:

Melissa Barnett OD, FAAO, FSLS
Vice President
Michael Lipson OD, FAAO, FSLS
Mindy Toabe OD, FAAO, FSLS
Stephanie Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Fellowship Chair
Pam Satjawatcharaphong OD, FAAO, FSLS
Public Education Chair
Karen Lee OD, FAAO, FSLS
International Relations Chair
Langis Michaud OD,MSc, FAAO (Dipl), FSLS
Immediate Past President
Muriel Schornack OD, FAAO, FSLS


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Join us for Upcoming Workshops and CE! 

The SLS is offering the following CE and workshops in the upcoming months: 
Click on the dates below to learn more and register:

October 7th at East West Eye Conference
November 6th in Troy, Michigan
November 9th at AAO
November 11th at AAO

Participants at Vision Expo West
Don't Miss Our Next Webinar!

"Ground Rounds - Fitting and Managing the Complex Cornea
Presented by Drs. Melissa Barnett, Michael Lipson, and Pam Satjawatcharaphong
October 26, 2016 at 8:30PM EST  
 Watch Archived Webinars 
"Scleral Lens Fitting Basics"
Presented by Dr. Michael J. Lipson 
Click here   for the full video.
"An Ounce of Prevention, A Pound of Cure: Avoiding and Managing Complications of Scleral Lens Wear"
Presented by Dr. Muriel Schornack 
Click here  for the full video.
"Billing and Coding Scleral Lens Fittings with Sample Cases"
Presented by Drs. Mindy Toabe and Stephanie Woo
Click here  for the full video
"Marketing and Growing Your Scleral Lens Practice"
Presented by Dr. Jason Jedlicka
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Scleral Lens Fellow Spotlight 

We are proud to spotlight SLS Fellow Dr. Greg DeNaeyer this quarter. Dr. DeNaeyer was a co-founder and past president of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and is a specialty lens fitter at Arena Eye Surgeons in Columbus, OH. He is world-renowned for his scleral lens fitting expertise.  Dr. DeNaeyer has lectured internationally on specialty contact lenses and has previously been named GPLI practitioner of the year. Currently his primary research interests are focused on specialty lens design and cornea-scleral topography.

We recently had a chance to ask Dr. DeNaeyer a couple questions about his scleral experience...

Q: Who do you consider the most rewarding scleral lens patient to fit?
I think the most rewarding patient to fit with scleral lenses would be keratoconus patients who have previously struggled with other types of lenses. They immediately appreciate the comfort or stability that scleral lenses offer. Some patients may have not had functional vision for years and to be able to give them their vision back with a well fit scleral lens is extremely rewarding. 

Q: What do you consider the most under-explored scleral lens research area?
I think the most under-explored area of research concerning scleral lenses is scleral shape. It's amazing to consider that most practitioners fit scleral lenses knowing very little about the contour of the eye that they are fitting. Estimating a scleral lens fit with diagnostic lenses can be inaccurate, especially when determining if a spherical, toric  or customized back surface is needed. Even if diagnostic lens fitting clearly shows that a patient needs a toric back surface design, knowing the amount of toricity to use is guess-work at best.  Corneo-scleral topography will improve our understanding of scleral shape and improve fitting success. 

Meet A Scleral Lens Visionary

If you could ask a scleral lenses pioneer or visionary any question, what would it be? We will be hosting an upcoming webinar answering these important questions. Please email questions to

SLS Travel Grant

The Scleral Lens Education Society offers 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 or Global Specialty Lens Symposium, please  click here  to learn more about the grant and to apply!

Recent winners:
2016 AAO grant: Pavel Nefedov , Pacific University 
2016 GSLS grant: Dr. Stefanie Chan, UC Berkeley

Announcing the newest Scleral Lens Society Fellows!

Please welcome our newest Fellows! These practitioners have demonstrated superior scleral lens expertise and knowledge.
Terry Scheid, OD, FAAO (Dipl.), FSLS
Doug Herriott, OD, FSLS
Andrew Kornaus, OD, FSLS
Karen Carrasquillo, OD, PhD, FAAO, FSLS
Elaine Chen, OD, FSLS
Colton Heinrich, OD, FSLS
Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Chandra Mickles, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS
Alan Kwok, OD, FAAO FSLS 

Interested in becoming a fellow? Click here to apply for fellowship.
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 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.