Specialty Contact Lenses - Scleral Lenses
Scleral Lenses are large diameter gas permeable contact lenses that are specially designed to cover the entire corneal surface. The lens is filled with fluid before insertion which acts as a vault over the ocular surface providing better comfort for those who suffer from dry eye syndrome. These lenses are especially useful for patients who have keratoconus, ocular surface disease, or other corneal irregularities.
Scleral lenses replace the irregular cornea with a clear optical surface allowing you to achieve clear and comfortable vision. Keratoconus is a progressive condition in which the corneal surface is shaped like a cone (instead of a dome) causing the vision to be distorted. Patients who have keratoconus may complain of double vision, blurry vision, haloes around lights, increased light sensitivity, and frequent changes in glasses prescriptions. Many patients with keratoconus cannot achieve their best visual acuity with glasses alone. In these cases rigid gas permeable lenses and scleral lenses are a wonderful option to provide optimal visual acuity.
Are you one of the 5 patient types that would likely benefit from a scleral lens?
Candidates Include Patients with:
- High or complicated prescriptions that have been told they can’t wear contact lenses.
- Unsuccessful history with other lenses either due to poor comfort or poor vision.
- Keratoconus or any type of corneal degeneration or dystrophy, transplants, scarring or trauma or post-LASIK complications.
- Dry eyes or high sensitivity to light or Steve Johnson Syndrome.
What are the 5 main benefits of a scleral lens vs. a regular lens?
- Easier to insert and remove.
- Improved, consistent quality of vision all day long.
- Better comfort. Other lenses may dry out and get uncomfortable.
- Longer lasting. With proper maintenance, they can last over a year.
What are three key differences in the scleral lens technology?
- The lens doesn’t touch the cornea but rests on the sclera or the white part of the eye to increase comfort.
- Microscopic adjustments to the lenses can be made with new advanced manufacturing technology to customize the fit of each lens to each patient’s unique needs.
- Can add highly customized, unique prescriptions onto each lens to provide even better vision.