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Scleral Lenses

Custom fit scleral lenses provide dramatic improvements in visual acuity and comfort levels to those with corneal irregularities due to LASIK eye surgery complications, keratoconus, astigmatism, dry eye, or other ocular conditions.

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A scleral lens sits on the sclera of the eye and vaults over the cornea, virtually eliminating friction and discomfort. This “dome” creates a new optical surface to replace the damaged cornea.

Moreover, the reservoir of saline solution between the back the lens and the front of the cornea perpetually keeps the eye in a liquid environment, providing the ideal environment for ocular healing.

What Are The Advantages Of Wearing
Scleral Lenses

Scleral Lenses Provide More Comfort and Improved Vision

Scleral lenses, larger in diameter than traditional lenses, spread their weight over a much greater, less sensitive area of the eye. Because the lens sits firmly on the eye, it offers more stable vision than traditional lenses, making them superior for physical activity, but with far less irritation.

Moreover, scleral lenses are composed of highly breathable gas permeable material, which ensures that ample oxygen reaches the eye, leading to healthy eyes and comfortable lens wear. Furthermore, the large size of the lens protects your eyes from debris, dust, and allergens, providing a perfect solution for those suffering from eye allergies.

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How Many Types of Scleral Lenses Are There?

Scleral Lenses are The Gold Standard of Contact Lens Comfort And Can Work for Just About Anyone

  • Corneo-scleral lenses and semi-scleral lenses are much larger than typical GP lenses and rest right by the junction between the cornea and the sclera.
  • Mini-scleral lensesvault over the whole corneal surface and rest on the anterior sclera.
  • Full scleral lenses are the biggest in size and offer the most clearance between the back of the lens and the cornea.

Scleral lenses provide greater durability, easier handling and a lower risk for complications. The Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center has a wide range of custom scleral contact solutions that can work for you.

Who are Scleral Lenses For?

Anyone desiring to achieve the best vision with contact lenses is a great candidate for scleral lenses.

Scleral lenses are particularly helpful in managing the following conditions:

Keratoconus: Those with Keratoconus (keh-rah-toe-cone-us), an eye disorder in which the round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins and causes a cone-like bulge to develop, can massively benefit from wearing scleral lenses. Their irregular, cone-shaped corneas cannot be properly corrected using glasses or traditional contact lenses. Scleral lenses are therefore the ideal solution. They sit on the sclera without touching the cornea, while providing sharpness, clarity and comfort in vision.

Post-corneal transplant : A corneal transplant replaces diseased or scarred corneal tissue with a healthy cornea donated by a local eye bank. However, following a transplant, the cornea can become irregular and astigmatic. Scleral lenses are the safest and most comfortable way to correct for irregular astigmatism. Furthermore, following a corneal transplant, no part of the cornea should be touched with a contact lens. Scleral lenses are ideal in this case, as they vault over the cornea without touching it directly.

Dry Eyes:Those with Dry Eye Syndrome may find traditional contact lenses difficult to wear. However, given that scleral lenses contain a tear reservoir between the back of the lens and cornea, the front surface of the eye remains moist and comfortable all day long. This makes scleral lenses a great choice for Dry Eyes.

Hard-to-fit eyes: Patients with an irregularly shaped cornea, whether due to natural causes, an eye condition (i.e. keratoconus), or complications following surgery (such as LASIK), can at times develop vision problems which cannot be corrected using glasses or soft contact lenses. In such cases, scleral lenses provide a more comfortable, secure fit, and improved vision.

Scleral lenses also help manage the following eye conditions:

  • Astigmatism
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Post-refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK, PRK)
  • Presbyopia

Drs. Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO, Eric Hammond, OD, & Dipa Kodukula, OD and the caring and knowledgeable staff at Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center provide advanced custom contact lens fitting for even the most hard-to-fit-patients.

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Does Insurance Cover Scleral Lenses?

When it comes to scleral lenses, every insurance company is different. Some cover the examination and custom fitting, but not the actual lenses. Others may cover a portion of the cost or 100% of the cost, but only if other treatment methods have been exhausted. It’s important that you check with your specific insurance provider to understand the particulars of your scleral lens coverage.

If you are interested in seeing whether scleral lenses are right for you, make sure that the eye doctor you visit has the knowledge and experience required to correctly fit you for the lenses. Scleral lenses require precise customization, and every patient’s case varies in degrees of severity and corneal measurements.

Get advanced contact lens fittings by Drs. Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO, Eric Hammond, OD, & Dipa Kodukula, OD at The Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center. We serve patients from Austin, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, Round Rock and throughout Texas .

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Austin | Cedar Park | Brushy Creek | Round Rock | throughout Texas

Eric Hammond, OD

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Dr. Eric Hammond was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He is a second generation optometrist practicing with his mother, Dr. Laurie Sorrenson, and never fails to make her proud.

Dr. Hammond graduated from Westwood High School before attending Texas State University in San Marcos, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After completing his bachelors, he went on to complete his Doctorate at the University of Houston College of Optometry. As a student, Dr. Hammond received two letters of clinical excellence from his attending faculty. He was selected as a teaching assistant in the second year clinical lab, and as such was tasked with preparing students on best practices for examining patients. He was also selected for a rotation in the school’s Dry Eye Specialty Clinic, where he was educated on the treatment and management of severe dry eye cases. Dr. Hammond spent a spring internship rotating through different clinics in Oklahoma, where he helped diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of diseases as well as perform eye laser procedures. He spent a semester in Dallas, working at a non-profit eye care clinic that specialized in the treatment of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy for lower income patients.

Dr. Hammond plans to specialize in Dry Eye Therapy and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, and hopes to start a Sports Vision clinic within Lakeline Vision Source. He also plans to reach out to the Deaf population in Austin as he is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL). He has taken four years of ASL classes at Westwood, and plans to take additional classes through continuing education and by practicing with our Certified Sign Language Interpreter, Kara Edwards, who will assist him as his Optometric Tech. His hobbies are playing basketball, reading, video games but mostly playing with his chocolate Lab, Saphira (otherwise known as the Chocolate Chunk)!

Dr. Hammond is presently licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

Melodi Esmaili, OD, FAAO

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Dr. Melodi Esmaili graduated in 2010 with High Honors from the University of Houston with her bachelor’s degree in nutrition. She went on to attend the University of Houston College of Optometry, graduating in 2014 with her doctor of optometry degree. In her final year, Dr. Esmaili completed disease dense clinical rotations in Oklahoma, becoming adept at providing minor laser procedures to patients, and also in Fort Worth, where she worked for a non-profit eye care facility that cared for lower income patients. Also closely involved with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, Dr. Esmaili helped organize ocular missions in Kenya and Honduras.

After obtaining her doctor of optometry degree, Dr. Esmaili completed a residency at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver. While at her residency, Dr. Esmaili received extensive training in advanced diagnostic techniques and medical management of anterior and posterior segment ocular disorders and laser vision correction. During her residency, Dr. Esmaili completed a fellowship at the American Academy of Optometry where individuals are evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence.

Dr. Esmaili joined Lakeline Vision Source in 2017 and practices as a glaucoma specialist and therapeutic optometrist. In her free time Dr. Esmaili enjoys acro-yoga, traveling, oil painting, and hiking. She is also a foodie and ardent coffee enthusiast.

Dipa Kodukula, OD

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Dr. Dipa Kodukula attended the University of Houston where she received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. She completed her internships at Lakeline Vision Source and Bridge Builders in Dallas, TX. Bridge Builders is a non-profit clinic with a primary focus on Glaucoma. It offers free exams and glasses to low-income residents.

Dr. Kodukula specializes in operating the Dry Eye Clinic at Lakeline Vision Source. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dry eye syndrome, is an inflammatory ocular disease that causes chronic lack of sufficient lubrication on the ocular surface. Dr. K prescribes Restasis and performs minor surgical procedures. She is particularly interested in fitting specialty lenses such as amniotic membranes and scleral lenses for patients with dry eyes and keratoconus. Her other interests include Lasik co-management and she also volunteers her time to the InfantSee program. She provides a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of the family’s income or access to insurance coverage.

Dr. Kodukula is presently licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. She is a member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Kodukula practiced in many offices over Texas and eventually moved to Austin. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Satish and their daughter and son. Her hobbies include cooking, Bollywood dance, and DIY projects.

Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO

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Dr. Laurie Sorrenson, opened Lakeline Vision Source in 1995. She is Board Certified (less than a dozen optometrists in the Austin area hold this distinction) and is a part time faculty member at the University of Houston College of Optometry where she teaches practice management to optometry students in their 4th year. Dr. Sorrenson also lectures around the country and in Canada on different topics including staff management, practice efficiencies, keratoconus, contact lenses, and does consulting with other optometrists to help them to better manage their practices.

Dr. Sorrenson attended college in Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship, finishing her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Houston. She also received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston, College of Optometry in 1985. She earned her academy fellowship from the Academy of Optometry in 1999 and became licensed as an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.

Dr. Sorrenson was chosen by the Univ of Houston College of Optometry to be the Benedict Practice Management professor for the year 2000-2001. The Texas Optometric Association awarded her the honor of Young Optometrist of the Year in 1995, receiving the Optometrist of the Year award 5 years later in 2000. In 2002, Dr. Sorrenson was selected as the University of Houston College of Optometry’s Distinguished Alumna of the Year and that same year gave the commencement address to the University’s graduating class. In 2006, she received the Bill Pittman leadership award from the University of Houston College of Optometry. In 2008, she received the Mollie Armstrong Public Service Award from the Texas Optometric Association. She is currently the PAC chair for the Texas Optometric Association and has held leadership positions in both her state and national optometric associations.

In addition to her many professional activities, her hobbies include weight lifting, scuba diving, trying out new restaurants and recipes and being the wife of Joel Hickerson and mother to her 3 children, Eric, Caleb and Sydney.

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