Become a Fellow / Hágase miembro

Fellowship Requirements 

Optometrists, ophthalmologists, and Fellows of the Contact Lens Society of America (FCLSA) who have proven themselves in the field of scleral lens fitting can apply for status as a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society entitling them to be listed on the SLS website as a Scleral Lens Fitter, which is accessible to the public.

To become a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society (FSLS), a candidate must successfully obtain a total of 60 points. 20 out of the 60 points must be from case reports (either one standard report or two form-based reports). The remaining 40 points can be any combination of the following:

Completion of a Cornea & Contact Lens Residency or Fellowship certified by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) 20
Diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry 10
Standard Case Report
  • Guidelines available below
  • Will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee for approval
Peer Reviewed Journal Article 20
Peer Reviewed Lecture
  • Acceptable only if presented at a major meeting and/or is COPE approved
  • Please submit PDF copy of lecture slides and provide COPE ID if applicable
  • The primary topic of the lecture should be scleral lenses
Peer Reviewed Poster or Abstract 10
Non-Peer Reviewed Article
  • Examples include articles in editor reviewed publications, such as Contact Lens Spectrum, Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses, or Review of Optometry
  • Will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee for approval
Form-based Case Report
  • Cases may be submitted by filling out a basic form provided by the SLS and is available for download below
  • Will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee for approval
Scleral Lens Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Candidates may take a 20 question quiz based on "A Guide to Scleral Lens Fitting, 2nd edition" by Eef van der Worp
  • Candidates may take the quiz three times; the link to the quiz is available below
  • Points will be awarded once the candidate passes

The Fellowship Committee will consider any other submissions a candidate feels demonstrates their expertise in scleral lens fitting on a case-by-case basis.

Once the Fellowship application fee is paid, candidates have a maximum of three years from the date of application to complete the Fellowship process.  You may pay your $100 fee through PayPal:

Candidates may resubmit revised case reports a maximum of two times. If the case report is not deemed acceptable by the committee after the second resubmission, the candidate will need to submit a different report.

To apply please email your intent to pursue fellowship, your plan to achieve 60 points, as well as all submissions to the current Fellowship Chair: 

Robert Ensley OD, FAAO, FSLS

Hágase miembro : Requerimientos de membresía.docx

Case Report Requirements

  1. The patient has successfully worn the most recent scleral lenses for a minimum of 3 months.  A documented in-office encounter must be included in the case report. 
  2. The case was managed to completion entirely by the author.
  3. The case meets the generally accepted standard of care. 

Patient Selection Reports should be based on the type of patients you fit on a regular basis and for patients you managed entirely yourself or co-managed to conclusion. Do not report the patient's full name. Use patient's initials only. 

Technical Guidelines Use good syntax and grammar. Carefully spell-check and grammar-check all work. Your case report should be written in past tense using third person paying close attention to presentation, spelling and grammar. Please number all pages as this is helpful for the committee during the review process.

References Always reference your work. Case reports must be your original work. Don't plagiarize!

Case Report Components

Cover Page Include the candidate's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, case report title and number and an abstract of the case report. Include key words used.

Introduction Summarize the patient’s ocular condition(s). Include differential diagnoses if relevant to the case.  Briefly introduce why scleral lenses are indicated. 

Case Report Thoroughly document the initial visit and subsequent follow-up visits.  Each encounter should document the reason for the visit and include the date of each encounter.  Clinical decision making should be explained clearly and sufficiently.

The patient's initial visit should include the patient's chief complaint, age/ethnicity, sex and date of examination as well as thorough documentation of history (present illness, medical, ocular, family and social) and a review of systems. Prior history of contact lens wear should be discussed. Document all findings and record all medications, including concentration and quantity instilled in the patient's eyes as part of the examination. Visual acuity should reflect the level of disease.  Both anterior and posterior segment examination should be included.  If a referring doctor performed any exam components, please include those findings.  If available, additional testing such as corneal topography, anterior segment imaging, endothelial cell counts etc. should be included. 

The initial contact lens evaluation and fitting should provide thorough detail of the fitting process.  Include clinical decision making for choosing scleral lenses and how the initial diagnostic lenses were chosen.  Discuss any alternative lens designs or modalities that were considered. Contact lens parameters and a detailed fit assessment of all diagnostic lenses used should be included.  Explain any modifications made to the initial ordered lens. 

Follow-up visits should include the reason for the encounter.  All follow-up visits should include visual acuities and an evaluation of the lens fit.  Document ocular health when applicable.  If modifications to the lenses are required, provide clinical reasoning and the new parameters. An appropriate lens care regimen should be prescribed at the dispense appointment.  Include both the immediate and long-term follow-up care plan. 

Discussion Section Define the final diagnosis and describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology where appropriate. The eye disease(s) and treatment options should be thoroughly discussed. The benefit for contact lens use should be mentioned. The patient's chief complaint and problem should be solved. Treatment should be explained with references supporting the discussion.

Conclusion Include a conclusion in the case report.

References Please use AMA citation format.  Whenever possible, references should be current from the last 5-7 years.

Photos Include photographs of the contact lens fit if possible.

Case reports accepted by the Scleral Lens Education Society for fellowship may be used on the website for educational purposes.

Download sample standard case reports:

Case 1 

Case 2

Form-based Case Report Guidelines

Please fill in all pertinent areas of the form-based report. To view a completed report refer to the sample.

Download a blank form-based case report here

Download a sample form-based case report here

Scleral Lens Multiple Choice Quiz


Candidates may review "A Guide To Scleral Lens Fitting, 2nd Edition", which you can download here.

Please note you must be logged in to take the quiz. Once "Start Quiz" is clicked it will count as an attempt, so please be prepared to complete the quiz in its entirety before you proceed. There is no time limit to complete the quiz, however the maximum number of attempts allowed is three.