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Optometrists Agree to Fit High Need Scleral Lens Patients

The doctors listed below have all agreed to fit at least one high-need patient per year with scleral lenses at no cost to the patient. This is our way of giving back: Dr. Edward Boshnick 7800 SW 87th Ave. Suite B-270 Miami, Florida 33173 305-271-8206 Dr.…
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Do Not Give Up: So-Called "Side Effects" can be Treated with a Scleral Lens

Below is an email I recently received from a Lasik patient with "side effects." The letter is representative of the kind of emails that I receive. Below that is my reply, which talks about the importance of a well-fit scleral lens in eliminating or minimizing…

Scleral Lens Shells Used to Help with Sleep

Scleral lens shells used to help patient sleep through the night The patient pictured here was unable to close his eye completely especially during sleep due to multiple eyelid surgeries.. Due to the need to wake up every 2 hours to use lubricating drops, he…

Three RKs, 30 Years Ago

These photos show an eye that underwent 3 separate Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgeries over 30 years ago. For 30 years this patient has not had functional vision with this eye. We placed fluorescin dye onto the ocular surface of this eye to better highlight the…

Cornea Transplant Gone Bad

This is a photo of an eye that underwent 2 corneal transplants due to rejection of the first transplant. Shortly after the 2nd transplant was done, this eye developed an infection and inflammation deep within the interior of the eye which led to a retinal…

Scleral Lens over Transplanted Cornea

While the technology has become better, cornea transplant may still induce a significant amount of irregular astigmatism and higher order aberrations. These aberrations can be reduced or elminated with the GVR scleral lens.

Large Cone Successfully Fit with Scleral Lens

This patient was told that he needed to have a corneal transplant on this eye is he was ever to have functional vision with this eye. We fit this eye with a scleral lens which is providing this patient with clear (20/20) comfortable vision.

The Healing Power of the Scleral Lens

The two photos below are of the left eye of a patient who suffered significant trauma to his body, face and left eye in a car accident. This patient’s upper left eyelid was severed from flying glass. His left cornea had numerous particles of glass which…

Me with keratoconus patient Akin Smith from Jamaica

Me with keratoconus patient Akin Smith from Jamaica

20/200 RK Eye

This is a photo of a scleral lens over an eye that underwent 3 separate Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgeries. Look carefully and you will see many RK incisions or "slices" going every which way on this cornea. Just know that there was no science behind this…

PRK, then Ectasia

This is the right and left eye of a patient that underwent photo refractive keratotomy (PRK) surgery about 8 years ago. Several years later the patient's vision began to deteriorate. When he visited another corneal surgeon, a diagnosis of Corneal Ectasia was…

Blood vessels growing in PRK cornea

These 2 photos are of the right eye of a patient that underwent PRK laser eye surgery. Look carefully and you can see the resulting corneal haze just opposite the pupil. Look even more carefully and you can see a meshwork of blood vessels on the center and…

Three Lasiks over RK

The 3 photos below were taken of the same eye over a 4 year period. This eye underwent several separate RK surgeries followed by 3 separate LASIK surgeries years later. In the first photo note the blood vessels growing along the RK incisions. The white…

RK, infections, inflammations, glaucoma

About 30 years ago this eye underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery. This eye also has a history of infections and inflammations which were treated off and on for years with steroid eye drops. About 15 years after the RK surgery, this eye was diagnosed with…

Lasik a Decade Ago, then Ectasia and Intacs

This is a photo of the lower portion of the left cornea of an eye that underwent LASIK surgery 10 years ago and developed a corneal ectasia several years later. In an effort to undo the damage to the cornea created by LASIK, Intacs (plastic intra corneal…

Selection of RK Eyes

Among the symptoms almost all of the post-RK patients have include some if not all of the following: fluctuating vision, dry eyes, ocular pain, poor night vision, inability to tolerate contact lenses, multiple pairs of eyeglasses to name just a few. There is…

Lasik Flap detaching

I am posting the OCT image below of a scleral lens over an eye that underwent LASIK surgery about 15 years prior to the time that this image was taken. It shows a LASIK flap becoming "undone" or separating from the underlying corneal tissue. Note the…

Lasik over RK with haze and dryness

The images below are of the same eye. In the 1980's this eye underwent 3 separate Radial Keratotomy (RK) procedures followed by 2 separate LASIK procedures about 25 years later. The photo below was taken through a bio-microscope (slit lamp). Notice the dull…

Transplant with Relaxing Incisions equals Pain

This is a photo of an eye that underwent corneal transplant surgery 30 years prior to the time this photo was taken. 15 years ago in an attempt to improve the patient's vision with this eye, a corneal surgeon placed 2 "relaxing" incisions in the donor cornea.…

PRK followed by Scleral Melt

I am posting these photos in response to a comment made about Mitomycin C reducing the risk of cornea haze during PRK surgery. What you are seeing in these photos is what is known as a "Scleral Melt". 7 years prior to the time these photos were taken, this…

Epi-Lasik over Transplant, now legally blind and light sensitive

The photos and images below are of the right and left eye of a 62 year old woman who underwent corneal transplant surgery in both eyes over 30 years ago followed by 2 "Epi- Lasik" surgeries in her right eye and 1 Epi-Lasik surgery in her left eye many years…

Lasik over Transplant, now dry and irregular

This is a photo of an eye that underwent corneal transplant surgery (due to keratoconus) over 20 years ago. 10 years later LASIK surgery was performed on the transplanted cornea. In this photo, a special dye was used to highlight the defects on the ocular…

RK in 1990, 2 on Right Eye, 3 on Left eye

The 2 photos below (which were stained with a special dye) are the right and left corneas of a patient who underwent Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery in 1990. This patient had 2 separate RK surgeries on her right eye and 3 separate RK surgeries on her left eye.…

Vitrectomy after Lasik due to Floaters

One of the complications associated with LASIK surgery are vitreous floaters , more commonly called floaters. The images below were taken with a technology known as "optical coherence tomography" or simply OCT. These images are all of the same eye. The first…

Vision Simulation of post-Lasik vision in low light

The image below is a computer enhanced simulation of how a post LASIK patient views the world in a low light environment. LASIK surgery was performed on this patient 2 years before this image was taken. Almost all of the higher order aberrations were…

Lasik over RK, then Cystalline Keratopathy

The 2 images below are of the same eye that underwent both Radial Keratotomy and LASIK surgery. I have been taking care of this patient for over 10 years. 2 years ago this opacity appeared in the center of one eye. I referred this patient to a major eye…

ALK Disaster

The 4 images below are of the same eye that underwent a procedure known as "Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty" or simply "ALK". To the best of my knowledge, ALK is not done any longer due to the many complications associated with it. This procedure used a…

Lasik in 2006, then Ectasia a year later, then Pressure Spike

The woman in this photo underwent LASIK surgery in 2006. (She is pictured here with Dr. Boshnick.) About a year later she developed post-LASIK ectasia in both eyes. In 2008, in an effort to correct her distorted corneas, she underwent another refractive…

3D models of Lasik and Lasik over RK corneas

The images below are computer enhanced 3-D models of 2 different corneas that underwent refractive eye surgery. The first image is of an eye that was extremely nearsighted (-17.00 diopters) before undergoing LASIK surgery. Instead of having a smooth rounded…

RK, then Lasik, next stop Ectasia

These 2 photos are of the same left eye that underwent Radial Keratotomy 30 years ago and years later LASIK surgery. Shortly after the LASIK surgery this eye developed corneal ectasia. Several years after this occurred this eye became inflamed with numerous…


To Our Patients,

We hope that this letter finds you and your family well. Our community has been through a lot over the past few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety and visual welfare. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked the same questions again when you arrive at our office. We'll also be taking your temperature hands free with an infrared thermometer that scans your forehead.
  • Before being seen in our examining rooms all surfaces that you may contact will be cleaned and disinfected. This will be repeated when your examinations are completed.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also see some in the reception area and in other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You will see that our reception room no longer offers magazines and other reading material since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. We may ask you to wait in your car if you arrive early in order to avoid unnecessary contact.
  • Our schedules will be modified in order to limit the number of patients in the office at any one point in time and to adhere to the appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients in order to reduce or eliminate waiting time and to allow for social distancing between patients.

We are currently in the process of doing a deep cleaning around the entire office and will be installing high powered medical grade HEPA air purifiers throughout the office. We look forward to seeing you again and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you and every patient safe in our practice. Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and look forward to seeing you again.

Dr. Edward L. Boshnick and Staff

The Wavefront Scleral Lens

The corneal irregularities created by refractive surgeries, such as LASIK and RK, are responsible for ghosting, halos, starbursting, and loss of contrast sensitivity. These "higher order aberrations" may exist on both the anterior and posterior cornea, or elsewhere in the visual system. With aberrometry, the defects of the entire optical system can now be corrected by a scleral lens.

READ MORE at The Wavefront Scleral Lens

Retired FDA Advisor says Lasik should be taken off the Market

QUOTE: "Essentially we ignored the data on vision distortions that persisted for years," said Morris Waxler, a retired FDA adviser who voted to approve LASIK. He now says that vote was a mistake."

Autologous Serum for Dry Eyes

Dry eye conditions are among the most challenging conditions faced by refractive surgery patients. With autologous serum, blood is spun down to plasma, forming an eye drop that helps rehabilitate the cornea.

Learn More about Autologous Serum

Dr. Boshnick on CBS This Morning

See Dr. Boshnick and Dr. Morris Waxler (former FDA chief research scientist on refractive surgery) talk about bad LASIK

Optimum Infinite Gas Permeable Material

I am happy to announce that our Global Vision Rehabilitation Center will be designing and fitting all of our “high need” patients with the Optimum Infinite gas permeable contact lens material. The Optimum Infinite material is the most oxygen permeable material ever to be approved by the FDA. In addition, this newly FDA approved material includes a UV lens blocker. Now for the first time, with certain patients, wearing a scleral lens made with the Infinite material under extended wear conditions can be considered.

SMAP 3D Scleral Lens Design

NEW: Powerpoint presentation on SMAP 3D

Last year we introduced an exciting piece of technology that has allowed us to custom design a scleral lens much more accurately. It is the SMAP 3D, which is a computer attached to a dedicated camera that allows us to obtain a 3 dimensional image of the entire front surface of the eye, including the cornea and the surrounding white portion of the eye (the sclera). Up until now there has not been any technology that would allow us to measure the ocular curvatures outside the cornea. The SMAP allows us to do this. Read More

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EyePrint Pro

EyePrintPro technology creates a scleral lens based on a mold of the cornea. The molding is accurate to 1 or 2 microns and fits perfectly because it exactly mirrors the irregularities of the individual corneal surface. The technology is well suited for post-Lasik, Keratoconus, RK, eye injury, and corneal transplant patients. Read More in this PDF about EyePrintPro Scleral Lens Technology

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Recent Letters of Thanks

Patient from Persian Gulf Region

The patient travelled 15,000 km to reach our offices MORE

Letter of Thanks from a Future Physician

Dr. Boshnick’s dedication to his practice changed my life; I am no longer the little girl with the oversized glasses and the magnified eyes. I am also no longer the girl with a distorted worldview. The first day I left his office with my newly fit scleral lenses, I stood on the street staring at my newly discovered world finding delight in facial expressions, colors, and a world that conformed to its appropriate place in space. MORE

Young Woman Applies to Med School

Good afternoon Dr. Boshnick, I am in the process of applying for medical schools and was wondering if you would be willing to write me a letter of recommendation? I have chosen to write my personal statement (why I would like to attend medical school) based on my experience as your patient, and have also listed my experience of shadowing you as one of my most impactful experiences on my application, and thus feel that a letter of recommendation would hold strongly from you.

Words of Thanks from Peru

Dear Ed, Thank you so much for giving my Dad a new life! This means the world for him and for all of us! I would love to see his face when he receives your pictures! We appreciate so much your patience, enthusiasm and your great and professional work. See you in 2 months, Un abrazo, Cari

Words of Thanks from an Aunt and her Niece from Mexico

Thank you very much Dr. Edward Boshnick for all the good things that you have done for my beautiful niece Sora Avtan and me, you are an angel in our lives, the best doctor in the whole world and the best human being I ever known. In my special case, you gave me back my life, the gift of sight...God bless you!! I love you so much. -- Jackie Tanous

I couldn't be more thankful with you Dr. Boshnick, you didn't only brought me back my sight but you gave me hope and the best gift someone can give you, happiness. These past few months I was able to witness what an amazing person and incredible doctor you are. Thank you so much for what you've done for me and my aunt Jackie Tanous. God bless you!!! And once again, Thank you so so much!!!!! -- Sora Avtan

My father is living better

Many thanks again for everything, my father is living a much better life thanks to you!

I am very satisified with my lenses...

I am very satisfied with my lenses and after I left your office on the last day I was driving home and I thought how I wished I had put more thought into what I wanted to say before making the video. I would have said to the viewers how knowledgeable, friendly and sincere you and your staff are, the concerned professional attitude, ensuring all t's were crossed and i's dotted (proficient), the patience everyone had with answering all of my questions completely...and the friendly, knowledgeable professional atmosphere that made my experience a very satisfying one, way more than I expected. Thank you. -- Stephanie



Stargazer enjoying night sky again


My dear Dr. B, wanted to thank you again for your expertise, your amazing gift. These past few nights up north by the ocean we have had the clearest skies we have seen in a while. Michael and I have been stargazing for years, with him I've also seen many planets, our moon, our sun and have lost my breath to countless shooting stars. This time though, I was able to see what seemed to be stars within stars, the clarity with which I could focus the sparkles of tiny little lights in the dark sky left me in awe. While we feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy them, I send you blessings for your contribution to my crystal clear experience, again and again, thank you!


Words of thanks

I love the sclera lenses. I NEVER thought I'd say that! They protect my eyes and allow me to do things I haven't been able to do in years. I love that I can manage the pain and have an explanation. I love that they don't pop out. I read on your facebook page a post from a woman who talked about similar experiences.

From Captain Juan Fernandez, Active Duty Marine

Thank you Dr. Boshnick for giving me my life back.

From a 93-Year Old Scleral Lens Patient in Peru

Dear Edward, It´s been so important for me and my family to get to know you, we thank you so much for your personal, professional and special assistance during my visit last April to your Center, you and your staff were fantastic! The scleral lenses you prepared form me are giving me the vision that enligthens my 93 years!! I am enclosing the Tomography performed by Dr. Luis Tobaru, my ophthalmologist in Lima. I hope to be visiting you in october this year.

Many thanks again!

Edward Boshnick, O.D., F.A.A.O

Edward Boshnick, O.D., F.A.A.O

Mission Statement: No effort will be spared and no expense avoided in order to provide the best vision care available to our patients.

Teaching Resource: In addition to being an eye care provider (under the direction of Dr. Edward Boshnick), The Global Vision Rehabilitation Center is also a teaching resource for contact lens specialists visiting us from all parts of North America. At the present time, Dr. Boshnick is adjunct professor of contact lenses at the following Optometry colleges: 1) Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, 2) New England College of Optometry, and 3) Southern College of Optometry. We are proud to have provided unique eye care solutions to thousands of patients who have visited us from throughout the United States and Canada and from 35 countries.

Thinking about Refractive Surgery? Think again.

Below are illustrations of vision damaged by LASIK eye surgery, including blurry vision, smeared vision, ghosting, halos, starbursting, and glare. Images courtesy