UNC Eye faculty member, Dr. Bruce Baldwin, Optometrist, PhD, was elected President of the Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS) at the Global Specialty Lens Symposium in Las Vegas on January 24. The SLS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to teaching eye care practitioners and patients about the benefits and availability of ocular prosthetic devices known as scleral contact lenses.
These devices are used to treat and manage severe eye conditions related to disease, trauma, or surgery. The rigid, gas permeable lenses can be very large, up to the size of a quarter, and fit over the entire front portion of the eyeball. “It is extremely gratifying for me and often life changing for a patient to be fit with a scleral lens. I have treated people who were legally blind who have obtained a driver license, or who have had eye pain for years and are nearly pain free while wearing these devices,” said Dr Baldwin.
Dr. Baldwin was a founding board member of the SLS in 2010 along with Drs Greg DeNaeyer and Christine Sindt. The Society now has over 1,200 members from thirty two countries. He has conducted scleral lens lectures and workshops around the United States, teaching eye doctors to fit the devices. He has also hosted international live webinars, which were presented to eye doctors around the world.
Dr. Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, manages the Contact Lens Clinic at UNC and sees patients Monday - Friday. Referring doctors can arrange an appointment through the Ophthalmology website. Patients can make an appointment through the Ophthalmology appointment system at 919-966-5509.
More information on scleral lenses is found at the SLS website www.sclerallens.org.