If you’ve been told in the past that you can’t wear contact lenses due to an irregular cornea or other ocular abnormality, scleral contact lenses might be an option. At Image Eyecare Optometry, we’re all about helping our patients achieve excellent vision through whatever means they feel most comfortable. Scleral contact lenses are just one more way we can serve our hard to fit patients and meet their unique vision care needs.
Scleral contact lenses are a special type of gas permeable lens. They are larger in diameter and are designed to cover the entire corneal surface, resting on the sclera – or white – of the eye. Essentially, scleral lenses replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface. Additionally, the space between the cornea and the back surface of the lens acts as a fluid reservoir, providing optimal comfort for individuals suffering from dry eye.
Scleral lenses can be used to address various vision problems, such as keratoconus, corneal irregularities (corneal scars resulted from trauma or corneal surgeries), and severe dry eyes. They are also frequently used in patients who still need contact lenses following LASIK surgery or other corneal refractive procedures.
If the doctor believes you would be a good candidate for scleral lenses, the first step will involve determining the ideal size of the lens. This is based on the type of underlying vision problem and its complexity. During your comprehensive contact lens exam and fitting, the eye doctor will recommend the best scleral lens type and size for your specific needs.
For more information on scleral lenses or to schedule an exam and fitting, get in touch with Image Eyecare Optometry today. We’ll help you find the perfect pair of lenses for your individual vision care needs.