Charlotte Contact Lens Institute

Corneal Scarring

Corneal Scarring

Providing Vision Solutions to Enhance Vision After Corneal Scarring

Improving Vision in Eyes with Scarring

Where Advanced Technology Meets Compassionate Care

A corneal scar blocks or distorts light as it enters the eye and can lead to decreased vision. Corneal scars are most commonly caused by an infection, injury, or disease.

Charlotte Contact Lens Institute has experience with optimizing vision in eyes with corneal scarring, and we have very specific technology that helps us offer patients their best possible vision. We receive many referrals of patients from other optometrists and ophthalmologists throughout North and South Carolina and are known in the region as a specialist who has experience in optimizing vision, regardless of the type of corneal scar.

Optimizing Vision in Eyes with Corneal Scarring

A typical, the cornea is clear and transparent, allowing light to pass through it without obstruction and reach the retina. This is important because the cornea plays a crucial role in bending light to focus images accurately on the retina at the back of the eye.

A corneal scar, which manifests as either an opacity or an irregularity in the cornea, can hinder its ability to focus light correctly. Often patients with scarring experience dimmed vision, blurred vision, or as if they are viewing through a cloudy filter.

However, not every corneal scar impact vision. Scars located on the peripheral areas of the cornea might not affect vision at all. In contrast, scars situated in the central part of the cornea, particularly over the pupil, can lead to significant vision loss.

Corneal scarring can occur due to trauma, improper contact lens use, eye disease or degenerations, or even systemic diseases. See below for some common causes of corneal scarring.
  • Improper contact lens wear – The misuse of contact lenses, including improper cleaning, not replacing lenses appropriately, inadequate hand hygiene, and sleeping in lenses.
  • Corneal abrasion (scratch) or eye injury – Most of the time, a scratch on the cornea is a minor injury that only damages the outer layer, making it less likely to scar, but serious injuries can scar.
  • Keratitis – Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea secondary to a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. This can occur after an eye injury or improper contact lens hygiene.
  • Keratoconus– People with this eye disorder have abnormal thinning of the cornea, which causes the front surface of the eye to bulge forward. The bulging of the cornea can result in scarring
  • Corneal Dystrophies– These are eye diseases that involve changes in the cornea, and they are often hereditary.
  • Ocular Herpes/Zoster –Viral infections can result in sores on the cornea which over time can turn into permanent damage and herpes scarring.
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) – This syndrome causes painful blisters and lesions on the skin and mucous membranes and can lead to serious eye problems, including scarring.
  • Severe Dry Eye Disease –  Severe dry eye disease can lead to corneal scarring as the lack of adequate lubrication and moisture on the eye’s surface increases friction and irritation.

A variety of treatment options exist for corneal scars, tailored to their severity and location. For mild peripheral scars, glasses or soft contact lenses might suffice. In cases of mild to severe scarring, specialty contact lenses are often most effective. For specific severe scarring cases, a corneal transplant could be advised. Additionally, laser treatments like phototherapeutic keratectomy are available to eliminate shallow scars, while deeper scars might necessitate corneal transplant surgery.

The treatment plan for a corneal scar is influenced by its size, depth, and location on the eye, but it’s also shaped by the patient’s lifestyle and vision goals. At Charlotte Contact Lens Institute, we conduct thorough examinations for corneal scarring, ensuring ample time for one-on-one discussions with the doctor to address any questions.

Given the range of potential treatments, expertise in scarred corneas is crucial, and our practice is equipped with the technology and experience necessary to achieve the best outcomes for your eyes. Among the treatment options, RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses and scleral lenses are two types of specialty contact lenses that can be particularly effective for scarred corneas. Our doctors will carefully review your specific situation, conduct a detailed examination of your eyes, and provide tailored recommendations based on their findings.

We are available for a free phone consultation to discuss your specific situation, and can be reached at (704) 800-5230 or

Why Charlotte Contact Lens Institute for
Treatment of Corneal Scarring? 

The Team

The team at Charlotte Contact Lens Institute are experts in correcting vision in eyes with slight to severe ocular scarring.

Advanced Technology

Our office is one of a few practices in the country that is equipped with the Pentacam AXL Wave and Optovue Solix OCT, which greatly aid in the design of solutions for all levels of scarring.

Unlimited Answers

We allow for enough time for thorough comprehensive exams, and plenty of time for answering questions. No rushing in and out here.

We Focus on Unique Eyes

Our office is equipped to offer advanced specialty contact lenses to individuals who require tailored and custom-designed solutions.

Access to the Doctor

Our doctors are available to answer questions you have after your exam, and will make sure you have the information needed in order to ensure the best possible outcome.


We keep our overhead costs low and offer very competitive prices as a result. We have monthly payment options available and also accept CareCredit™, HSA, & FSA.



Our doctors are nationally recognized for their expertise in utilizing specialty contact lenses, and a common use of these lenses is to optimize vision with the presence of corneal scarring. There are many different causes of corneal scars and a wide variety of severities, but rest assured our doctors are experienced and have seen hundreds of patients with corneal scarring. Our doctors have focused their career on the latest applications and options for fitting specialty contact lenses and they regularly present to other doctors at both local and national meetings.

During an initial comprehensive exam, the doctor will discuss all available options, including the use of scleral contact lenses for managing corneal scarring. One of the benefits of visiting Charlotte Contact Lens Institute is the amount of one-on-one time with the doctor, which allows for plenty of time to ask questions and evaluate all options.