2021 Scleral Lens Education Initiative

Welcome to The Scleral Lens Education Initiative!  Here you will find resources for everything from the history and basics of getting started with scleral lenses to all the information and resources you need when working with them. This page will be updated as additional resources become available, so check back often.  



The Scleral Lens Education Initiative – a downloadable e-Resource providing a comprehensive scleral lens resource featuring published research, evidence-based clinical recommendations, and expert-backed insights. The information contained is clinically relevant and applicable to practitioners with all levels of experience. 

Curated by Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, and John D. Gelles,OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS, FBCLA, they have brought together many of the world’s foremost experts to author the various sections of this supplement. Within the supplement, you will find topics on the background and history of scleral lenses, indications for scleral lenses, the importance of collaborative care, how to get started with scleral lenses, modern scleral lens designs, patient management, business management, alternatives to scleral lenses, and resources for continuing education, labo

ratory partners, diagnostic equipment, and more. 


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Learn more directly from the authors; hear their thoughts on the sections they wrote!
View the video:
Getting Started with Scleral Lenses
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Scleral Lens Design and Troubleshooting
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Scleral Lens Patient Management and Follow Up
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Scleral Lens Business Management
In this video, Brooke Messer, OD, FAAO, FSLS, describes the section she wrote on “Getting Started with Scleral Lenses” for the Scleral Lens Education Initiative In this video, Daddi Fadel, DOptom, FSLS, FBCLA, FAAO, and Sheila Morrison, OD, MS, FSLS, describe their collaboration on the “Scleral Lens Design and Troubleshooting” section for the Scleral Lens Education Initiative In this video, Karen Lee, OD, FAAO, FSLS, describes the section she wrote on “Scleral Lens Patient Management and Follow Up” for the Scleral Lens Education Initiative. In this video, Stephanie Woo, OD, FAAO, FSLS, describes the section she wrote about “Scleral Lens Business Management” for the Scleral Lens Education Initiative.

Who, Why and How Scleral Lens Fitting 

Many of us have heard about scleral lenses. What are scleral lenses, and why are they becoming so popular? Who can benefit from a scleral lens and how do you fit them? This two-hour webinar will answer all those questions and more, as Dr.s Barnett and Gelles delve into the art and science of scleral lenses.

View the on-demand recording below (not available for CE credit)


Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA  Dr. Melissa Barnett is principal optometrist at the University of California, Davis Eye Center and is Chair of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section. She is co-author of Contemporary Scleral Lenses: Theory and Application and the Clinical Guide for Scleral Lens Success. Dr. Barnett most recently chaired the BCLA CLEAR report on scleral lenses.
John D. Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS, FBCLA., Director, Specialty Contact Lens Division: Cornea and Laser Eye Institute – CLEI Center for Keratoconus and Clinical Assistant Professor: Department of Ophthalmology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


View the video on the eResource here: View the speaker invitation to the webinar for more information:




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