Lynette K. Johns, O.D., FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA

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Optometry and Contact Lens Service

1601 Trapelo Road
Reservoir Place, Ste. 184
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-573-3202
Accepting New Patients



Dr. Johns is a part-time member of the Optometry and Contact Lens Service at Mass. Eye and Ear who specializes in specialty lenses. In particular, her expertise is using scleral lenses to treat patients with irregular corneas (keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, and post-corneal transplants) as well as severe ocular surface disease resulting from Stevens-Johnson syndrome, graft versus host disease and Sjögren’s syndrome. Recently, she co-edited and authored a textbook devoted to scleral lenses, entitled  Contemporary Scleral Lenses:  Theory and Application. She speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to specialty contact lenses, scleral lenses, irregular corneas and severe ocular surface disease.

Dr. Johns graduated from University of Wisconsin at Madison with a BS in Bacteriology and Molecular Biology, then earned her OD from New England College of Optometry. Following this, she completed her residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at New England College of Optometry.

Her research focuses on limbal stem cell deficiency, severe ocular surface disease and scleral lenses.

Dr. Johns’ work has been recognized with many awards and honors, most recently including the Founders’ Award of the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry, and the Vision Monday Most Influential Woman in Optical Mentor Award.

Clinical Interests 

Scleral Lenses for irregular corneas, keratoconus, post-corneal transplants, severe ocular surface disease, graft verus host disease, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Sjögren’s syndrome. Specialty contact lenses including multifocal contact lenses for presbyopia

Research Interests 

Limbal stem cell deficiency, severe ocular surface disease, scleral lenses


For a full publication list, please see her CV.

Su S, Johns L, Rah MJ, Ryan R, Barr J. Clinical Performance of KeraSoft(®)IC in irregular corneas. Clin Ophthalmol. 2015. Oct 22;9:1953-64.

Sabesan R, Johns L, Tomashevskaya O, Jacobs DS, Rosenthal P, Yoon G. Wavefront-Guided Scleral Lens Prosthetic Device for Keratoconus. Optom Vis Sci. Apr 2013;90(4):314-323.

Hussoin T, Le HG, Carrasquillo KG, Johns L, Rosenthal P, Jacobs DS.  The effect of optic asphericity on visual rehabilitation of corneal ectasia with a prosthetic device. Eye Contact Lens. 2012; 38(5):300-5.

Stason WB, Razavi M, Jacobs DS, Shepard DS, Suaya JA, Johns L, Rosenthal P. Clinical Benefits of the Boston Ocular Surface Prosthesis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010; 54-61.

Rah M, Deng L, Johns L, Lang J.  A comparison of multipurpose and conventional 2-step rigid gas-permeable solutions with Paragon corneal refractive therapy lenses. Optometry. 2009; 80(4):193-6.

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  • Bacteriology and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin at Madison, BS
  • New England College of Optometry, O.D. (Doctor of Optometry)


  • Cornea and Contact Lens, New England College of Optometry