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Scleral Lenses

What are Scleral Contacts?

Scleral contact lenses are an extra-large type of rigid gas permeable lens. Unlike traditional contact, scleral lenses vault over the entire cornea, leaving a gap between the lens and the corneal surface. They rest on the white part of your eye (your sclera).

Their unique design makes scleral lenses among the most comfortable contacts around, providing excellent vision for people of all ages.

They are particularly useful for managing eye conditions such as:

  • Keratoconus

  • Astigmatism

  • Dry Eyes

  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)

  • Post-refractive surgery (ie LASIK, PRK)

  • Presbyopia

Advantages of Wearing Scleral Lenses

With scleral lenses, you'll experience consistently clear vision - Even if you have an irregular cornea. Here are some of the benefits provided by scleral lenses:

  • Super-size diameter: This helps them stay centered and stable on your eye, and prevents them from popping out easily

  • Made from high-quality materials: This means they're last for the long haul

  • Protects against allergies: The large size of the lens blocks debris, dust, and allergens

  • Highly breathable: Gas permeable materials ensures ample oxygen reaches the eye

  • Lubricating Cushion: They have a pocket that fills with moisturizing tears, for a very comfortable weaing experince, and healthier eyes.

Dry Eye Treatment

Scleral lenses are customized rigid lenses that tackle three factors simultaneously: they provide vision correction, they protect the eye and serve a therapeutic purpose by lubricating the eye.

Due to their large shape, unique features and customized fitting, scleral lenses offer an excellent solution for dry eyes. They decrease pain, discomfort, eye redness and itchiness in those with dry eyes.

While scleral lenses can provide relief to patients suffering from DES, the question is deciding on the right time to incorporate scleral lenses into a dry eye treatment plan.

Causes of dry eyes:

  • Aging

  • Medication

  • Environmental Changes

  • hormonal Changes

  • Allergies

Signs of dry eye syndrome include:

  • Crusty Eyelids

  • Dryness

  • Grittiness

  • Itchy eyes

  • Redness

  • Stinging

  • Tearing

  • Blurred vision

  • Burning

  • Intense eye paid

  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

  • Sensation of something stuck in the eye

Keratoconus

One of the most common conditions that scleral lenses help to address is keratoconus. This condition occurs when the normally round, clear part of the from of the eye, the cornea, begins o thin and bulge into a cone or football-like shape. This can severely harm your vision. Symptoms include:

  • Blurred or distorted vision

  • Sudden worsening or clouding of vision

  • Increased light sensitivity

Scleral lenses help with this by providing a dome-like surface over the abnormal cornea, creating proper refraction for clear vision.

Learn more

Schedule your comprehensive exam today and ask your doctor is scleral lenses are the right contacts for you

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