Scleral Lenses

What are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral contact lenses offer unique advantages over traditional soft contact lenses. Designed to cover the entire corneal surface, these lenses rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye) and provide benefits such as increased durability, ease of handling, and sharper vision.

One of the key benefits of scleral lenses is their ability to transform an irregular cornea into a smooth optical surface by resting on the sclera. Your optometrist may recommend scleral lenses if you have conditions such as astigmatism, keratoconus, dry eye, corneal irregularities, Sjogren’s syndrome, or Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

In addition to these benefits, scleral lenses create a fluid reservoir between the cornea and the back of the lens, which can help relieve dry eye symptoms.

How do Scleral Lenses help with Dry Eye?

Optometrists often recommend scleral lenses when traditional dry eye treatments have been unsuccessful. While these lenses do not cure dry eye, they offer consistent moisturization to alleviate symptoms. Scleral contact lenses effectively treat dry eye by covering the entire corneal surface, shielding the eyes from irritants like smoke, wind, dust, and debris. Their design ensures comfortable wear for extended periods, reducing the reliance on artificial tears.

Multiple studies have examined the efficacy of scleral lenses in treating dry eye. Patients reported increased comfort, reduced need for eye drops, and improved visual acuity with scleral lens use. Additionally, research has shown that scleral contact lenses can provide relief for severe or challenging cases of dry eye.

While scleral lenses are not a universal solution for dry eye, they can offer significant relief and moisture. However, they may not be suitable for everyone. Consult with your optometrist to determine if scleral lenses are right for you. Your optometrist will customize the fit of the scleral lens to enhance comfort and vision.

How do I get fit for Scleral Contact Lenses?

The process of being fitted for Scleral Lenses is seamless and painless. It commences with a comprehensive eye examination, meticulously evaluating your eye's surface and measuring your cornea. This data serves as the foundation for crafting lenses that precisely conform to the unique contours of your eyes, guaranteeing unparalleled comfort and visual acuity.

Upon completion of your custom lenses, you will undergo a fitting session where you'll receive instruction on insertion, removal, and maintenance of your new lenses. While mastering lens handling may require some practice, it swiftly becomes second nature.

As part of your ongoing care, regular check-ups are scheduled to confirm the continued proper fit of your lenses and to address any Dry Eye symptoms. This consistent monitoring ensures that your scleral lenses consistently deliver optimal vision and comfort.

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