Charlotte Contact Lens Institute

SJS (Steven’s Johnson Syndrome)

SJS (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)

Providing Therapeutic Benefits for Those Who Suffer From SJS

Improving Vision and Comfort in Cases of SJS

- Where Advanced Technology Meets Compassionate Care

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a rare and severe disorder characterized by a hypersensitivity reaction, often triggered by certain medications or infections. It primarily affects the skin and mucous membranes, leading to painful blistering, skin peeling, and potential damage to internal organs. In some cases, SJS can have a profound impact on ocular health, causing complications that may necessitate specialized care.

Charlotte Contact Lens Institute features advanced technology, longer than normal exam slots, and the technical expertise required to treat patients with SJS.  Both dry eye treatment methods and specialty contact lenses can be used in order to improve ocular health, and provide the most comfort possible.

We utilize advanced and specialized technology which collects up to 240,000 unique data points to design a fully customized scleral contact lens. Customized scleral contact lenses work well in the case of SJS, because the lens vaults entirely over the cornea without adding any pressure to it, while allowing the cornea to remain hydrated for ultimate healing and comfort.  

Optimizing Vision for Individuals With SJS

SJS (Stevens-Johnson syndrome) is commonly triggered by specific medications, most notably certain antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and anticonvulsants. Infections, including viral and bacterial, can also contribute to the development of this condition. Genetic factors may play a role in predisposing some individuals to SJS.

  • Skin Lesions – painful red or purple rash, often resembling a burn.
  • Mucous Membrane Involvement – Lesions in the mouth, throat, genitals, and eyes.
  • Flu-like Symptoms – Fever, cough, and a general feeling of malaise.
  • Ocular Symptoms – Redness, itching, burning sensation, and in severe cases, vision impairment.

Due to the complexity and uniqueness of SJS, traditional treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach and coordination among different types of doctors. Dermatologists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, and other specialists collaborate to address different aspects of the condition. Traditional treatments include discontinuing the triggering medication and supportive care.

One promising development in managing ocular complications of SJS is the use of scleral lenses.  Scleral lenses have shown notable benefits in providing relief and improving the quality of life for individuals with SJS-related eye issues.  Often times scleral lenses can be combined with dry eye treatments and technologies for added benefits and improvements.

  • Enhanced Lubrication – Scleral lenses create a reservoir of fluid, reducing dryness and maintaining a stable tear film
  • Protection and Comfort – Scleral contact lenses provide a protective barrier, reducing the risk of abrasions and promoting overall ocular comfort
  • Visual Improvement – Scleral lenses can improve visual acuity in cases where corneal irregularities affect vision
  • Light Sensitivity Relief – Scleral lenses may help reduce photophobia, a common symptom in SJS patients with ocular involvement

If you have any questions about specialty contact lenses and/or dry eye technology for treatment of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, we are available for a free phone consultation to discuss your specific situation, and can be reached at (704) 800-5230 or

Why Choose Charlotte Contact Lens Institute
for Optimizing Vision with SJS?

The Team

The team at Charlotte Contact Lens Institute are experts in correcting vision for patients where crisp vision has proven elusive. What some may call “difficult to fit” is our typical patient.

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 complex custom specialty contacts.

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 one use of specialty contact lenses is the management of vision in individuals with SJS. 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.

There are options for managing vision in cases of SJS, including scleral contacts, RGP contacts, and cross-linking. During an initial comprehensive exam, the doctor will discuss all available options. 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.