Charlotte Contact Lens Institute



Our Office Was Established to Provide Exceptional Care for Keratoconus, and the Majority of Our Patients Have This Disease

The Keratoconus Experts in Charlotte

Where Advanced Technology Meets Compassionate Care

Around 75% of patients at the Charlotte Contact Lens Institute have keratoconus, a condition that is one of our primary focuses, setting us apart as a highly unique practice. The main focus of our office is providing vision solutions for keratoconus, which has led her to develop a deep expertise in maximizing patients’ vision and comfort in contact lenses. This includes maximizing long-term vision and ocular health by closely monitoring for potential progression with advanced technology.
At Charlotte Contact Lens Institute, the focus isn’t on a broad range of patients and eye conditions, but rather on providing outstanding care and achieving the best visual outcomes for those with keratoconus and similar corneal conditions.
Our doctors have extensive experience caring for individuals with keratoconus, and in fact, Dr. Cerenzie personally was diagnosed with keratoconus around 10 or years ago. Charlotte Contact Lens Institute was specifically designed to provide the best possible care for keratoconus. We provide care in a setting that emphasizes personalized, one-on-one attention, with plenty of time for questions, and some of the best technology nationwide for treating keratoconus.

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Keratoconus is an ocular condition in which the cornea weakens and acquires a conical shape. This is often accompanied by thinning of this part of the cornea, and imperfections in the corneal curvature (astigmatism), which can become increasingly irregular and difficult to correct with glasses and conventional soft contact lenses.

Keratoconus usually occurs in both eyes, but due to significant asymmetry, many patients only notice impaired vision when their stronger eye is affected. By then the condition may already have caused severe and permanent loss of vision in the other eye. The condition usually begins in the late teens or early twenties. Keratoconus is much more common than previously thought. Recent studies have demonstrated that as many as 1 in 500 people may be affected by keratoconus.

Early forms of the disease can be undetected unless advanced scans of the surface of the eye are performed. For mild cases of keratoconus, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses may provide the patient with clear and comfortable vision. For moderate to advanced cases of keratoconus, eyeglasses or soft contact lenses will not provide clear vision, but specialty contact lenses can provide great vision!

There is currently no cure for keratoconus, but at Charlotte Contact Lens Institute, we offer a variety of different management options for keratoconus. Often the best treatment option is a scleral contact lens, and we specialize in both free-form scleral lenses and traditional scleral lenses. Scleral lenses are designed to “vault” over the cornea and land on the white part of the eye.

Since scleral contact lenses are designed to avoid contact with the cornea, the wearer should feel entirely comfortable wearing them. The goal of scleral contact lens wear is to achieve clear vision without the sensation of having a contact lens in the eye.

As mentioned above, Dr. Cerenzie personally has mild keratoconus, and she wears a pair of customized scleral contact lens in her own eyes. In addition to scleral contact lenses, there are other vision correction options for keratonconus, including RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses and custom soft contact lenses.

Charlotte Contact Lens Institute has technology designed specifically for patients with keratoconus. This technology collects up to 240,000 unique data points, and our doctors use this data to design a fully customized scleral contact lens.

Keratoconus typically becomes apparent between the ages of 10 and 25. It usually progresses steadily until about the age of 40, but some patients can experience more rapid progression. The disorder’s progression usually stops around the age of 40, but this may vary from patient to patient. 

Corneal cross-linking (also known as cross-linking) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses ultraviolet light and eye drops to strengthen the collagen fibers in the cornea. While corneal cross-linking is helpful with strengthening the cornea and preventing further deterioration of vision, it is important to note that often patients still require scleral lenses to achieve clear vision.

A “cross linking evaluation” is a common type of office visit that we perform to determine if cross-linking may be a good option for your eyes. Many doctors in the Charlotte area refer their patients to our office for cross-linking evaluations, as there are limited offices in the Charlotte area with tomography systems to detect the earliest signs of progression with keratoconus.

If you have questions on keratoconus or want to talk about your specific situation, we can be reached at (704) 800-5230 or

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Why Charlotte Contact Lens Institute for
Treatment of Keratoconus? 

The Team

The team at Charlotte Contact Lens Institute are experts in treating keratoconus.

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 monitoring and managing keratoconus.

Unlimited Answers

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

Access to the Doctor

Roughly 75% of our patients come to us for keratoconus management options. There are few (if any) doctors nationwide that see a higher percentage of keratoconus patients as we do.

Access to the Doctor

Dr. Cerenzie personally lives with keratoconus and is available to answer questions both during, but also after your exam.


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 to help individuals manage their keratoconus. Approximately 75% of our patients have keratoconus, which allows us to truly specialize in treating keratoconus with scleral lenses and other specialty contact lenses.

Scleral lenses are one potential option for managing keratoconus, and during an initial comprehensive exam, the doctor will discuss other options for helping individuals manage their keratoconus. 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.