Did you always want to get contact lenses but had trouble wearing them? Maybe you were not a good candidate for regular contact lenses. Did you have a bad experience with regular contact lenses due to discomfort, instability, or the wrong lens shape?
If any of these situations sound familiar to you, scleral lenses may be the ideal solution for you. Contact lens technology has been evolving over the past several years. Nowadays, there is a contact lens option for almost everyone with vision problems. That said, one of the most versatile types of contact lenses is the scleral lens.
What Are Scleral Lenses?
These are specially designed contact lenses that sit on your eye’s clear. This is the white part of your eye. Essentially, they are gas-permeable, large-diameter lenses that vault over your cornea. They provide a smooth optical surface designed to correct vision issues stemming from irregular corneal problems such as keratoconus.
Unlike conventional contact lenses, your eye doctor will fit them between your eye’s lens and cornea. Before installing them, your eye doctor will fill them with an isotonic fluid to help moisten your eye. This fluid helps fight dry eye syndrome, which is extremely beneficial to people suffering from an ocular disease.
Why You Should Consider Scleral Lenses
This type of contact lens provides the same benefits provided by conventional contact lenses. However, since they vault over your entire corneal surface, they are more stable than conventional GP lenses. This means you are less likely to dislodge them from your eye. Some of the reasons why you should consider scleral lenses include:
- Reduced risk of complications.
- Sharper vision.
- Easier handling.
Furthermore, their size makes them more comfortable than regular contact lenses. This is especially important for people with irregularly shaped or sensitive eyes. Scleral lenses are ideal for treating certain eye problems. These include:
Ocular Surface Conditions
These include conditions such as limbal stem cell disease, GvHD, exposure keratopathy, and more. These conditions can be quite difficult to treat. Fortunately, scleral lenses may be a good solution to such refractory conditions.
Scleral lenses are extremely beneficial to people with irregular corneas. Most patients who switch from conventional contact lenses to scleral lenses tend to report longer wearing times, more comfort, and better visual acuity.
Other Conditions That Can Benefit From Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses can help treat or manage a wide range of eye and vision conditions. These include:
- Post cataract surgery symptoms.
- High levels of refractive problems.
- Various ocular surface diseases.
- Corneal trauma.
- Pellucid marginal degeneration of the cornea.
- Sjogren’s syndrome.
- Dry eye disease.
- Corneal dystrophy.
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome and more.
Do you also experience allergic reactions to smoke, pollen, pet dander, or dust particles? Do you often have persistent watery, itchy, sore, or red eyes? If so, scleral lenses may be your ideal solution. However, you need to consult your eye doctor to determine whether this type of lens is right for you. This is especially important if regular contact lenses are not working for you.
To learn more about scleral lenses, visit Abraham Eye Associates at our office in Villanova, Pennsylvania. You can call (484) 209-0800 today to schedule an appointment.