Charlotte Contact Lens Institute

Hybrid Lenses

Hybrid Contact Lenses

Combining Features of Traditional Contacts With "Hard" Contacts

Hybrid Contact Lenses

- Lenses Used for Decades by Millions of Americas

Hybrid contact lenses were first introduced in the late 1990s, and are a type of contact lens that combines features of both gas permeable (GP) lenses and soft contact lenses. Hybrid contact lenses aim to provide the benefits of both materials, offering the comfort of soft lenses and the clear vision and durability of rigid lenses.

Our doctors are experienced in both scleral and hybrid contact lenses, and they lecture nationwide to other doctors on the topic of specialty contact lenses. Charlotte Contact Lens Institute has advanced technology available that is used specifically to design the best specialty contact lens. 

One particularly special piece of technology is a medical device called the Pentacam AXL Wave, which is only found in a handful of offices in the US. This device collects up to 240,000 unique data points, and these 240,000 data points are used to design a truly custom specialty contact lens which is specific to each patient’s eyes.

The Top Doctor for Hybrid Contact Lenses in Charlotte

Hybrid contact lenses represent a fusion of the features of both “hard” (gas permeable or GP) and traditional “soft” contact lenses. GP lenses, known for their durable plastic design, maintain their shape effectively, offering more durability and longevity compared to soft lenses. This ability to retain shape allows GP lenses to provide sharper and clearer vision.

Conversely, the primary advantage of traditional soft contact lenses lies in their comfort. Most wearers find them more comfortable and easier to adapt to than GP lenses.

Combining these two types, hybrid lenses feature a central hard lens zone surrounded by a soft outer skirt. This design brings together the best of both worlds: the comfort and ease of wear characteristic of soft lenses, and the enhanced visual clarity typically associated with GP lenses. As a result, hybrid lenses offer an appealing solution for those seeking both superior comfort and high-quality vision correction.

When considering the choice between scleral and hybrid lenses for vision correction, it’s important to understand the unique benefits and suitability of each type based on individual eye conditions and needs. Hybrid offer a balanced solution for those with mild corneal irregularities. They are often appreciated for their ease of insertion and removal, combining the clarity of a hard lens with the comfort of a soft lens. This makes them a viable option for patients seeking improvements in vision with a lens that is easier to adapt to.

Scleral lenses, on the other hand, are larger and cover the entire cornea, resting on the sclera. They are particularly advantageous for individuals with more advanced corneal diseases, high astigmatism, or specific types of dry eye conditions. Due to their size and design, scleral lenses are effective in managing severe dry eye and providing stable vision in cases of irregular corneas. They offer a high level of customization and are often preferred for their ability to address complex eye conditions.

Both scleral and hybrid lenses have their distinct advantages, and the choice between them should be based on a thorough evaluation of the patient’s eye health, vision requirements, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Our doctors have comprehensive experience and are skilled in assessing the suitability of both types of lenses. It is true that in most situations our doctors would recommend scleral contacts as opposed to hybrid contacts, but there are many factors which need to be considered.  At our office, we ensure that patients receive detailed information about their options, helping them make informed decisions that align with their vision correction needs.

More information on hybrid contact lenses is provided below, but if you prefer, 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
Hybrid Contact Lenses?

The Team

The team at Charlotte Contact Lens Institute are experts in all of the different types of specialty contact lenses, including hybrid lenses.

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 aid in the design and (potential) adjustment of hybrid contacts.

North Carolina’s Expert in Specialty Contact Lenses

We do not offer traditional eye exams for “normal” eyes, and instead, a large percentage of our patients come to looking for advanced and customized contacts, including hybrid contacts.

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.

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 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.



Charlotte Contact Lens Institute offers specialty contact lenses, including hybrid contact lenses for North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Southeastern United States. Our doctors take the time to evaluate multiple potential treatment options and offer customized recommendations. From the first encounter it’s clear to see that Charlotte Contact Lens Institute prides itself on customer service and delivering the best potential visual outcome for their patients.

Our doctors are leaders in their field and Dr. Cerenzie has been honored with the distinction of Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS), which is bestowed on advanced level practitioners within the specialty lens industry. In fact, currently there are only approximately 300 members worldwide of this elite group of specialty contact lens doctors.