Have you been living with disappointment after being told you can’t wear contact lenses? Cheer up! Scleral lenses may be the solution you’re looking for.
A scleral lens is a contact lens that’s a bit bigger than a soft contact lens, and it’s—surprisingly—more comfortable. Instead of resting on your cornea, it vaults over your cornea and rests on the whites (the sclera) of your eye. They are more rigid than soft lenses, which helps provide crisp vision. While scleral lenses were only used in the past for people with corneal disorders, they are now prescribed for people with a range of other vision conditions, such as high astigmatism and dry eye syndrome. Interested in learning more? Book a consultation and contact lens exam in Plainview to ask about scleral lenses.
To help you out, here’s a discussion of the basic issues to address when exploring if sclerals are a suitable contact lens for you.
What are the advantages of a scleral contact lens?
This type of specialty contact lens is safe for all types of corneal conditions. It provides sharp vision with a level of comfort that’s superior to other standard lenses.
What eye conditions can reap the benefits of scleral lenses?
- High astigmatism
- Severe dry eye syndrome
- Corneal ectasia
- Post-LASIK patients
- Corneal trauma patients
- Post radial keratology or R-K surgery
How do scleral lenses help with dry eyes?
Before you insert a scleral contact lens into your eye, you’ll fill the lens with a preservative-free artificial tear solution. This moisturizing liquid remains in the bowl of the contact lens while you wear it. Consequently, the whole time you’re wearing contacts, your eye sits in a soothing bath of lubricating tears. In many ways, it’s a perfect treatment for dry eyes – allowing you to see comfortably and clearly with contact lenses.
Are scleral lenses fit with a normal contact lens exam?
Our eye doctor in Plainview will perform a specialized contact lens exam to fit scleral lenses. The specialty contacts are custom-made to fit your cornea precisely. During the eye exam, we’ll map the surface of your cornea using corneal topography equipment. The results are used to create the ideal contact lens for your eye – no matter what vision prescription is needed (even bifocals!). An OCT scan will also be done to map the alignment across your eye, so the fit is fine-tuned.
Once your scleral contact lenses are ready, our eye care team will teach you how to insert and remove them properly. To get started, book a contact lens exam at our eye care center in Plainview.
At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.
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