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Scleral Lenses
Revolutionary Contact Lens Technology Providing Incredible Comfort And Visual Clarity
Watch and listen to our patients talking about the life changing effects of Scleral Lenses. 
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Experience The Difference Of Scleral Lens Contacts

Fitted With WaveFront Technology

Scleral contact lenses have allowed thousands of patients who have suffered vision loss due to keratoconus, post-refractive surgical complications, severe dry eyes, post-R-K surgery, post-LASIK surgery, and a host of other corneal conditions to see clearly and comfortably once again.

WaveFront technology

Fitting Scleral lenses with WaveFront technology allows our optometrist to make the most accurate and custom fit based on 11,000 different points on the cornea. This technology means that the level of fit and comfort you will experience with your Scleral Lenses will be vastly superior to any other Scleral Lens available.

If you’ve been told in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses, or had trouble with contact lens comfort, be sure to ask about scleral contact lenses

What Are The Advantages Of Scleral Lenses? It’s All In The Shape

Scleral Lenses Are More Wearable And Protect Your Eyes Better

The vaulted dome design of scleral lenses offers unique advantages over traditional contact lens design. Scleral lenses move around much less than regular contacts, making them superior for physical activity, with far less irritation.

The vaulted dome shape of a scleral lens provides a smooth replacement corneal surface, improving vision for people with corneal scarring or corneal irregularities due to LASIK eye surgery complications, Keratoconus, or other eye conditions.

The design of the lens creates a pocket of space between the eye and the lens. The lens is filled with lubricating saline solution before insertion, providing hydration and comfort all day long.
The size of the lens means that your eyes are more protected from debris, dust, and other allergens, making it a good solution for someone that also suffers from eye allergies.

What Are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are specialized custom contact lenses that make contact lens use possible for many people for the first time - and they have many advantages over normal contact lenses as well including, fit, comfort, and visual acuity.

A scleral lens gets its name because it sits on the sclera, or the white part of the eye, rather than the iris (the colored part of the eye). Because a scleral lens sits on the sclera, it stays off the more sensitive areas of the eye. Friction and discomfort are virtually eliminated.

Enjoy Better Vision

Scleral lenses also provide unparalleled visual acuity by replacing the damaged cornea with a perfect optical surface. Its larger design means the lens is firmly in place, which further enhances vision when compared to traditional lenses. Due to their size and shape,  scleral lenses provide greater durability, easier handling and a lower risk for complications. The Scleral Lens Center At Complete Eye Care has a wide range of custom scleral contact solutions that can work for you.

A Better Option For The Hard To Fit Patient

Have you tried all the latest contact lenses, but you are forced to wear glasses as you suffered too much discomfort? Is your vision decreasing due to Keratoconus or other corneal conditions?

Thousands of people who suffer vision loss as a result of various corneal conditions (listed below) can now see clearly once again. Scleral lenses are changing the game for those who once thought they couldn’t wear contact lens due to eye conditions or discomfort. Say goodbye to the old days of contact lenses that didn’t work for you. You no longer have to suffer discomfort or simply being forced to live with poor vision. 

Dr. Barbara Marcussen provides advanced contact lens fitting at Scleral Lens Center At Complete Eye Care for even the most hard to fit patients from Belmont, Charlotte, Gastonia, Rock Hill

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Who Is A Candidate For Scleral Lenses?

Scleral Lenses For Keratoconus

The clear tissue on the eye’s outermost surface covering the pupil and the iris, is called the cornea. Mainly, the cornea’s function is to bend and focus light going into the eyes. Normally, the cornea has a smooth shape. When the shape of the cornea becomes irregular, the light entering the eyes is not focused properly. Consequently, an individual will suffer distorted and irregular vision.

Keratoconus is a condition of the cornea that affects between .1% to .5% of the population, or 300 thousand to 1.6 million Americans. Keratoconus causes severe vision loss and discomfort, and is effectively corrected with scleral contact lenses. The The Scleral Lens Center At Complete Eye Care provides advanced eye care for keratoconus patients from all over the state of North Carolina including many patients from Belmont,Charlotte,Gastonia, and Rock Hill.

Scleral Lenses For The Legally Blind

Our eye doctor has helped many patients that were legally blind due to corneal scarring, regain excellent vision after being properly fit with Scleral Lenses.

Greater Eye Protection

Athlete's, law enforcement, construction workers, actors, and others are great candidates for scleral lenses. Because of their large diameter, scleral lenses protect the eye by preventing dirt and debris, do not move when active.

A Better Option For The Hard To Fit Patient

Have you tried all the latest contact lenses, but you are forced to wear glasses as you suffered too much discomfort? Is your vision decreasing due to Keratoconus or other corneal conditions?

Thousands of people who suffer vision loss as a result of various corneal conditions (listed below) can now see clearly once again. Scleral lenses are changing the game for those who once thought they couldn’t wear contact lens due to eye conditions or discomfort. Say goodbye to the old days of contact lenses that didn’t work for you. You no longer have to suffer discomfort or simply being forced to live with poor vision. 

Dr. Barbara Marcussen provides advanced contact lens fitting at Scleral Lens Center At Complete Eye Care for even the most hard to fit patients from Belmont, Charlotte, Gastonia, Rock Hill

Scleral Lenses For Severe Dry Eye

People suffering from severe dry eye can find therapeutic benefits from transitioning to custom designed scleral lenses. Sclerals keep the cornea moisturized and protected while minimizing irritation to the eyelids and the rest of the eye.

Scleral Lenses For Astigmatism

Scleral lenses are extremely effective at correcting for higher amounts of astigmatism and irregular astigmatism. Because of their rigidity, they correct for astigmatism which allows for excellent vision even for people with high amounts of astigmatism.

Sclerals For High Prescriptions

Scleral contacts are an ideal option for anyone that has higher amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. They can also be made as bifocal contact lenses. Because scleral contacts are firmly positioned on the eye and do not move as soft contact lenses do, they work well as bifocal contact lenses.

Mini Vs. Full Size Scleral Lenses

All scleral lenses rest on the white part of the eye, the sclera. The exact diameter and space between the cornea and sclera is determined by our optometrist, Dr. Barbara Marcussen, varying from a few millimeters away, called mini scleral lenses, to much larger full scleral contact lenses that are usually recommended on very irregular corneal surfaces.

The Process Of Fitting A Scleral Lense
  • Consultation and testing (Digital Imaging)
  • Scleral Lens Fitting
  • Dispensing of the Lens
  • Scleral Lens training for care, insertion and removal
  • Scleral Lens Follow up(s) for micro adjustments

The Ideal Contact For The Following Conditions
Following Eye Conditions Are:
  • Keratoconus
  • Severe Dry Eyes
  • Post-refractive surgical complications
  • Post LASIK eye surgery complications
  • Post RK eye surgery complications
  • Post PRK eye surgery complications
  • Severe astigmatism
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Trauma to the cornea
  • Corneal ectasia,
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Post Corneal Graft
  • Irregular Cornea
  • Severe Dry Eye
  • Ocular Pemphigoid
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Rarer conditions include:
  • Map-dot-fingerprint
  • dystrophy,
  • Basal membrane dystrophy,
  • Meesman's dystrophy,
  • Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy,
  • Thiel-Benke's dystrophy,
  • Macular dystrophy
Scleral Lens Fitting

Dr. Barbara Marcussen fits custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. We then make the sclerals to exactly match. This custom design provides the highest level of comfort and visual acuity, using microscopic adjustments with new advanced technology to customize the fit of each lens.

Our optometrist, Dr. Barbara Marcussen, has experience fitting a wide variety of contact lenses for all virtually every type of patient. Our professional eye doctor also uses some of the latest technology for advanced contact lens fitting.

Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.

Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with the following eye conditions:

  • Keratoconus
  • Severe Dry Eyes
  • Post-refractive surgical complications
  • Post LASIK eye surgery complications
  • Post RK eye surgery complications
  • Post PRK eye surgery complications
  • Severe astigmatism
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Trauma to the cornea
  • Corneal ectasia,
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Post Corneal Graft
  • Irregular Cornea
  • Severe Dry Eye
  • Ocular Pemphigoid
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Rarer conditions include:
  • Map-dot-fingerprint
  • dystrophy,
  • Basal membrane dystrophy,
  • Meesman's dystrophy,
  • Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy,
  • Thiel-Benke's dystrophy,
  • Macular dystrophy

Dr. Barbara Marcussen fits custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. We then make the sclerals to exactly match. This custom design provides the highest level of comfort and visual acuity, using microscopic adjustments with new advanced technology to customize the fit of each lens.

Our optometrist, Dr. Barbara Marcussen, has experience fitting a wide variety of contact lenses for all virtually every type of patient. Our professional eye doctor also uses some of the latest technology for advanced contact lens fitting.

Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.

We Asked Five Patients About Their Experience With Scleral Lenses

How has your vision been since switching to scleral lenses? It has been very clear, a lot better than my soft contacts and lot more comfortable all day. My favorite thing is that I can tell that my vision is corrected as perfectly as it can.

How did your life change when you got scleral lenses? It changed dramatically, I am a traveling nurse, driving early morning and late at night. I can now drive at night and the lights don't bother me, It has helped me tremendously for my job. I have been wearing sclerals for over 3 years and I could never go back to regular hard contacts.

Tell us what your vision was like with your old contacts? I had 20/50 vision with contact lenses, and now I can see 20/25 and I have gone down on my reading glasses from 2.0 to 1.5. And the great part is I can’t even tell I have anything in my eyes. The biggest thing about sclerals is keeping them clean and taking care of them.

What is your history? I was a keratoconus patient, I first had a corneal transplant on one eye and then the other. Did you try contacts after corneal transplant? I did but after 2 hours they hurt too much. Tell me the difference in your vision? There are no words to articulate, when I look at people I see detail like never before, it is like night and day.

What is your vision history? In middle school I was diagnosed with Astigmatism and wore contact lenses, but in college I started having issues and was diagnosed as having the early stages Keratoconus. I went to a lot of eye doctors, tried a lot of contacts, and eventually I underwent corneal transplant. The surgery was not successful, and my vision remained as it was before surgery. Driving at night was no longer something that I could do because of blinding glare. Scleral Lenses literally changed my life, I didn’t know what I was missing.

Meet Our Scleral Lens Optometrist

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Dr. Barbara Marcussen

Dr. Barbara Marcussen graduated from the Ohio State University College of Optometry. She then completed a residency in Ocular disease at the Columbus VA Hospital. She has an avid interest in improving her patient’s lives by treating dry eyes. She is also one of only a few select optometrists in the...

Scleral Lens FAQ

What Other Specialty Contact Lenses Do You Offer?

Other Specialty Contact Lens Fittings In Belmont

Our practice specializes in custom contact lens fittings for a wide range of specialty contact lenses. This includes:

  • Gas permeable (GP) and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses
  • Multifocal contact lens fitting for presbyopia and myopia
  • Soft daily lenses for moderate dry eye, discomfort, and eye allergies
  • Scleral lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal scarring, severe dry eyes, corneal transplants, and irregular astigmatism.
  • GVSS lenses as a non permanent LASIK alternative and for Myopia Control
What areas do you serve?

Our optometrist, Dr. Barbara Marcussen, has successfully helped  many patients come from all over North Carolina including Belmont, Charlotte, Gastonia, Rock Hill. We have also been blessed to help patients that visit us from outside North Carolina including other states and international patients. 

Our Scleral Lens Blog

Post Lasik Complications? Scleral Contacts Can Help

LASIK left Lori with poor vision Lori lives in Mount Holly, North Carolina, and she had Lasik surgery in Charlotte, N.C. several years ago. Her Lasik surgery results were not what she had hoped so her Lasik surgeon recommended an enhancement procedure to improve her vision after Lasik. Lori ended...

Amy’s Glasses Made Things Look Too Small

Amy lives in Gastonia, North Carolina and she works at Holy Angels. She was seen for an eye exam at Complete Eye Care and needed contact lenses. Amy has worn contacts for years because she is extremely nearsighted. She has over 14 diopters of nearsightedness. This means any objects beyond...

Robby’s Scleral Lenses Are Covered By Insurance

Robby came in with significant vision problems including a "lazy eye' that he could not see from. Dr. Vaher fit him with Sclerals, which were covered by his insurance company. Robby is enjoying his ability to use his right eye again.

Sharon No Longer Experiences Dryness or Discomfort

Sharon has astigmatism and it was making contact lenses uncomfortable. She was fit with Scleral lenses and loves the crisp vision, and that she no longer feels any discomfort or dryness.

Gabi See’s Clearer With Custom Contact Lenses

Gabi is a seven year old girl who cannot believe her vision and comfort with Scleral lenses

Scleral Lenses After A Corneal Graft Transplant

John Nesto is from Charlotte, N.C. He came to Complete Eye Care in Belmont, N.C. because he needed a solution due to complicated vision issues. John had Keratoconus in both eyes and he had a corneal graft done in his left eye to try to treat the Keratoconus. John was...

Finding Clear, Comfortable Vision All Day: Tonja’s Story

Tonja was seen by an optometrist in Charlotte, North Carolina and she was found to have Keratoconus.  She has undergone a corneal transplant in each eye and reported having decreased vision in both eyes.  Tonja was referred to Dr. Barbara Marcussen at Complete Eye Care because she specialized in fitting...

Scleral Contacts for Keratoconus: Annette’s Story

Annette is a travel nurse from Gastonia, NC and came to Complete Eye Care in Belmont, NC for an eye exam.  Annette wore glasses and could only correct to 20/100- with her glasses.  She stated that she struggled to see while driving and could not drive at night at all...

Life with Keratoconus is better with Scleral Contact Lenses: Pam’s Story

Pam is from Gastonia, NC and had been diagnosed with keratoconus when she was a child.  Pam’s vision slowly decreased as she grew into a teenager and she had to undergo a corneal transplant in each eye in her early teens.  Pam was then fit for glasses but was not...

Scleral Lenses for Bifocal Wearers: Tracie’s Story

Tracie H. from Dallas, North Carolina was seen at Complete Eye Care for her routine eye exam.  She wanted to wear contact lenses, however, she was concerned she would not be able to because she needed bifocals.  Tracie also had moderate astigmatism and significant dry eyes.  Tracie had tried soft...

Scleral Lenses are a Great Alternative to Uncomfortable RGP Contact Lenses: Robert’s Story

Robert is a 46 year old who lives in Gastonia, North Carolina. He has keratoconus and had undergone a corneal transplant in his left eye many years ago. He also had a scar on his right cornea from keratoconus. Robert had 20/70 vision best corrected with his glasses. He needed...

Scleral Lenses Help to Improve Vision after LASIK surgeries: Monica’s Story

After LASIK surgery Monica found comfort for her eyes with Scleral contact lenses.

Scleral Contact Lenses Improve Vision and Lives: David’s Story

David lives in Gastonia, North Carolina and took his father to an ophthalmologist in Gastonia. While David was there, he mentioned to the doctor that he had keratoconus. The ophthalmologist told David that he should see Dr. Barbara Marcussen at Complete Eye Care in Belmont, North Carolina because she specialized...

Sjogren’s Disease Can Cause Dry Eyes, Easily Treated by Scleral Contacts

Kevin, who lives in Gaston County, came to Complete Eye Care after researching doctors who specialize in scleral contact lenses near Charlotte.  He has Sjogren’s disease, which causes him to have severely dry eyes and mouth.  He was fit at Ohio State University Medical Center with a scleral contact lens...

Clear Vision with Scleral Contact Lenses after Corneal Transplants: Robert’s Story

Robert is a school administrator in Clover, South Carolina and he has keratoconus.  This condition led to him needing to have a corneal transplant in 1979 & 1980.  Prior to corneal transplants, Robert could wear contact lenses to treat his keratoconus.  Once he had the corneal transplants, his eyes could...

Bifocal Scleral Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes and Astigmatism

Brian, who lives in Gastonia, NC, was recently seen at Complete Eye Care to have his eyes examined.  Brian works at the newly built Publix in Lake Wylie, SC and happens to have a high prescription in both eyes.  He has a lot of astigmatism so he had to wear...

Scleral Contact Lenses after Corneal Transplant Surgery: Charity’s Story

Charity's pain from Keratoconus is gone thanks to Scleral lenses!

All About Scleral Contacts with Dr. Marcussen

We sat down last week with Dr. Marcussen and asked her several questions about her specialty, scleral contacts and the Gentle Vision Shaping System: Why fit scleral contact lenses? Scleral contacts have been shown to be the best option for people with high amounts of astigmatism, keratoconus, or any irregular...

Scleral Lenses Are Custom Fit To Your Eye

Dr. Barbara Marcussen fits custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a advanced WAVE topography that measures and matches your lens to 11,000 points on your eye, to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. We then make the sclerals to exactly match. This custom design provides the highest level of comfort and visual acuity, using microscopic adjustments with new advanced technology to customize the fit of each lens.

Our optometrist, Dr. Barbara Marcussen, has experience fitting a wide variety of contact lenses for all virtually every type of patient. Our professional eye doctor also uses some of the latest technology for advanced contact lens fitting.

Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.

Q&A

Always wanted to ask a leading expert questions about Scleral Lenses? We have put together a page with answers to common questions our Optometrist and Scleral Lens expert is asked by her patients. 

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What Is The Cost Of Scleral Lenses?

Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are custom fit to the eye, requiring significantly more training on the part of the optometrist, expensive equipment, and multiple visits to achieve the optimal fit. In addition to the fitting process, the patient must also be trained on how to properly care, insert, and remove scleral lenses. Because of these reasons, professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher than other contact lenses. We are happy to discuss your specific costs and payment options based on your individual needs.

 

Does Vision Or Medical Insurance Cover The Cost Of Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are not automatically covered by vision or medical insurance, and while most vision insurances will reimburse for medically necessary contact lens, the rates and restrictions vary greatly from one vision insurance provider to the next. Depending on your plan, some of the costs associated with professional fitting or lenses may be covered. In general, medical insurance do not cover scleral lens fittings. Our insurance team will provide assistance in helping you apply any insurance benefits towards your Scleral Lenses. However, given that insurance policies vary widely we cannot guarantee how much coverage you will receive from your insurance.

Scleral Lenses are the Gold Standard Of Contact Lens Comfort and Work for Just about Anyone
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