Scleral Lenses: Treatment and Benefits

Scleral Lenses: Treatment and Benefits

Scleral Lenses: Treatment and Benefits

If you are a person who has tried wearing contact lenses without success, then you may want to check out scleral lenses. This type of contact lens proves to be a more comfortable and effective alternative to traditional contact lenses. Now, more people can see more clearly without having to depend on glasses or suffer through their vision issues.


Scleral lenses offer the same advantages of regular contact lenses, but with a few adjustments. For instance, scleral lenses fit over the entire cornea and lay on the white part of the eye. Because this type of lens is larger, it offers more stabilization for patients who suffer from certain vision issues.


Are You a Good Candidate for Scleral Lenses?


To determine if you are a good candidate for scleral lenses, you will need to visit your eye doctor for a thorough evaluation. There are a variety of conditions that may indicate that you are a good candidate for scleral lenses such as pellucid marginal degeneration, keratoconus, keratoglobus, post-PRK, RK, LASIK ectasias, post –INTAC and penetrating keratoplasty. However, more general guidelines include:



  • Irregular Corneas: Irregular corneas can be caused by the above-listed conditions and situations, which may make it difficult to find contact lenses that fit appropriately. 
  • Dry Eyes: Suffering from dry eye can make it nearly impossible to wear contact lenses. However, the space created with scleral lenses allows more natural tears to permeate the eye and thus create a more comfortable wear. 
  • Hard to Fit Eyes: Sometimes, it may be difficult to find a contact that fits your natural eye shape. The slightly larger size of the lens may mean a more secure fit for individuals with a slightly different eye shape. 


Three Types of Scleral Lenses


There are three sizes of scleral lenses to choose from. The decision for which size is most appropriate for you will be based on the condition and size of your eye. Keep in mind; scleral lenses are customized for each patient. 


Corneo-scleral lenses and semi-scleral lenses: This type of lens is bigger than a traditional contact lens and covers the area where the cornea and a scleral portion of the eye merge. 


Full scleral lenses: Full scleral lenses provide the most coverage of the eyes. 


Mini-scleral lenses: Mini scleral lenses cover the entire cornea and cover the anterior scleral. 



Benefits of Scleral Lenses

There are many benefits to wearing scleral lenses. Most people prefer it because it allows for a more secure and comfortable fit. People who have never been able to wear contact lenses previously are not able to do so in a way that does not interfere with their regular lives. 



Are you tired of not being able to wear contact lenses? Scleral lenses may help. Please reach out to the office to discuss your options and learn more about what scleral lenses can do for you. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to working with you! 





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