Who Wears Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses were traditionally used for patients with keratoconus and for vision correction after eye surgery. However, modern scleral lenses are now utilized by eye doctors to treat a wide range of eye conditions and disorders. Many patients who previously struggled with contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses can now experience superior vision and comfort through the use of scleral lenses.
What are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are specialized contact lenses designed to manage various eye diseases and visual conditions. These lenses have a larger diameter compared to traditional lenses, allowing them to sit over a larger area of the eye without touching the cornea. This feature significantly increases comfort, which is especially beneficial for patients who have undergone corneal transplant surgery and have sensitive corneas during the healing process. Scleral lenses hold artificial tears in a reservoir, providing prolonged moisturization to the cornea.
Benefits of Wearing Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses offer numerous advantages over traditional lenses, including:
- Comfort: Scleral lenses are larger and made from high-quality materials, providing exceptional comfort. Their rigid design allows for a smooth fit over the eye, staying in place even during movement. Most patients can comfortably wear them for up to 14 hours.
- Consistency: Patients with irregular or misshapen corneas may struggle with soft contact lenses that directly touch the cornea. Scleral lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, avoiding any contact with the cornea.
- Cost-effectiveness: Although scleral lenses may have a higher upfront cost compared to basic soft lenses, they offer long-term financial value. If your vision insurance plan covers contact lenses, the cost will be significantly reduced. Unlike traditional soft lenses, there is no need for continuous lens solution and frequent replacement, resulting in better value for your money.
- Durability: Scleral lenses are made from breathable, rigid materials that promote proper air flow and long-lasting wear. Overuse of soft contact lenses can lead to eye infections, making the durability of scleral lenses a significant advantage.
- Sharper Vision: Scleral lenses create a smooth ocular surface that acts as a replacement for the cornea, resulting in improved visual acuity and sharper focus. They provide superior vision by allowing the right amount of light in.
- Tailor-Made for You: Each person's eyes are unique, and scleral lenses are custom-made to ensure the best fit and visual clarity. Through corneal topography, a digital map of the cornea is created, allowing precise measurements for the customization of the lenses.
Scleral Lenses for Eye Disorders and Diseases
Scleral lenses are commonly used to treat various eye conditions and diseases, including:
- High levels of refractive error (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism)
- Dry Eye Disease caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
- Corneal Ectasia
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Ocular Surface Diseases
- Post-Radial Keratology (RK)
- Post Cataract Surgery
- Corneal trauma (abrasions or scratches)
- Pellucid marginal corneal degeneration
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
If you experience any of these conditions or their symptoms, our helpful staff at [practice name] can assist you in achieving better, more comfortable vision and a higher quality of life.
Scleral Lenses for Eye Allergies
If you suffer from allergies to pollen, dust particles, smoke, or pet dander and experience redness, itching, watering, and soreness in your eyes, scleral lenses may provide relief. These lenses cover a large portion of the eye, acting as a barrier against allergens and reducing the impact of allergic reactions.
When Regular Contact Lenses Are Not Working
If standard soft contact lenses have not provided the desired comfort, cause dryness or itchiness, or result in blurry or distorted vision, it may be time to consider scleral lenses. Even if you have been told in the past that your cornea is not suitable for contact lenses, you could still be a great candidate for scleral lenses. Schedule a consultation with [practice name] to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.
To get fitted for scleral lenses or obtain more information, contact [practice name] to schedule a consultation. We are dedicated to providing the proper care and visual clarity you deserve. Our practice serves patients from The Woodlands, Magnolia, Shenandoah, Tomball, and surrounding communities in Texas.