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Our specialty lens practice is devoted to the restoration of quality vision and ocular comfort to patients who have been impacted by corneal diseases, ocular trauma, chronic dry eye, ocular surgery complications, and many corneal degenerations and dystrophies. Many patients who have lost vision due to many corneal conditions such as keratoconus or refractive surgery complications such as LASIK or Radial Keratotomy (RK) have visited our specialty lens practice over the years from almost every state and over 50 countries from around the world. Thousands of our patients are wearing our uniquely designed scleral lenses that have allowed them to function normally once again. Information about this amazing technology can be found at: https://www.sclerallens.com.

The Global Vision Rehabilitation Center in the oldest and one of the largest specialty scleral lens practices in North America. For 30 years we have been associated with many eye institutions and universities that have sent their students to our facility for advanced contact lens and scleral lens training. These former students who are now doctors are helping patients around the world to see clearly and comfortably once again.

For decades our practice has been at the leading edge of treating patients with progressive myopia (nearsightedness) through the use of specialty gas permeable lenses that we design. Recently, FDA approved soft contact lens options were introduced that have been clinically proven to slow or even stop the progression of myopia in children. The GVRC is a pioneer in the use of orthokeratology also known as “orthok” for the non-surgical treatment of myopia. When a nearsighted patient is properly fit with an orthok designed gas permeable contact lens, the patient’s level of myopia can be significantly reduced or eliminated when the orthok lenses are removed. We are passionate about treating myopia in children because if left untreated a number of pathological conditions can develop later in life. These conditions include myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma (at lower intraocular pressures) retinal and vitreous degenerations and reduced best corrected visual acuity. It is estimated that 40% of all retinal detachments are due to high myopia. For more information about this life changing technology please visit: https://www.orthok.com.

The challenging issues described above is what the GVRH is devoted to. It is our main and only focus. Our mission is to restore quality vision to those patients who have often struggled with poor vision for many years. To accomplish this, we have equipped our practice with the latest cutting edge technologies specifically designed to address the many challenging vision and comfort issues that so many of our patients have to deal with on a daily basis. Most of the equipment that we use every day will not be found in a “conventional” eye practice. This is why we are different and unique among all of the optometric and ophthalmic practices. Our patient care philosophy is best reflected in the words of Robert Kennedy: “There are those who look at things and ask why…. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?”

I am often asked why I am so passionate about scleral lens technology. My answer will be a question: How many non-invasive technologies have the ability to provide clear, comfortable vision to a patient who previously suffered from ocular pain along with distorted, non-functional vision? How many non-invasive technologies are there that can dramatically change lives? Our lives revolve around our vision. There are millions of people around the world suffering ocular pain and vision loss due to corneal disease, trauma, ocular surgery and a host of other ocular conditions that can be successfully treated with scleral lens technology.

Scleral lens technology is the fastest growing and the most innovative technology within the contact lens industry. Our specialty scleral lens practice is the oldest and one of the largest scleral lens practices in North America. We have patients with significant vision issues visiting us from over 50 countries around the world. The following photos and images are examples of what a well-designed and fit scleral lens can achieve:

The eyes displayed here belong to patients who had no functional vision until we fit these eyes with scleral lenses. All of these patients are now seeing clearly and comfortably, often years of non-functional vision until they received their scleral lenses.

The following eye cannot close due to an acoustic neuroma. We designed a lens to keep the eye moist at night.

Some eyes are so distorted that it is not possible to provide the patient with a scleral lens using conventional technology. In cases like these we have to take an impression of the ocular surface and then send the impression to a special laboratory where 3D printing technology is used to make this highly customized lens where every “hill and valley” along the ocular surface is replicated onto the back surface of the EyePrint Pro scleral lens.

This is a photo of a scleral lens over an eye with an extremely rare condition known as “Stevens Johnson Syndrome”. This eye was scheduled to undergo surgery several months after this photo was taken. We fit this eye with a scleral lens in order to keep the ocular surface moist and to protect the eye from the environment and the blinking action of the eyelids.

The eyes below developed corneal irregularities after radial keratotomy. These irregularities were either present immediately after the surgery, but could develop many years later.

This eye was damaged due to trauma and surgery.

Scleral lens over a very profound eye with a corneal transplant.

These images show a scleral lens over a corneal transplant. Note the stitches.

This image shows a scleral lens over an eye with keratoconus. The lens vaults over the cone.