For millions of Americans, contact lenses are ruled out as an option due to irregularly shaped eyes, certain eye diseases (including dry eye), and other patient-specific factors that can eliminate candidacy for traditional soft or gas permeable contact lenses.
This is where scleral contact lenses can provide tremendous benefits. They are ideal for:
If you’ve been told that you can’t wear traditional contact lenses, scleral contact lenses may be the solution you’re looking for.
Compared to soft contact lenses, gas permeable contact lenses allow as much as four times as much oxygen to pass through the lens to the eye. This process is essential for eye health, as our eyes depend on oxygen to stay healthy.
Unlike eyeglasses, contact lenses provide vision correction that satisfies your needs without changing your appearance. They are also ideal for people that cannot wear eyeglasses (due to work or other reasons). These benefits are also true of scleral contact lenses, which emulate the benefits of traditional contact lenses while remaining more accessible to those with eye diseases, astigmatism, etc.
Scleral contact lenses do not rest on the cornea. Instead, these lenses are larger and rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye) and surround the cornea.
If you have astigmatism it means your cornea is irregularly shaped (like a football as opposed to a ball). This rules out traditional contact lenses, as fitment issues prevent these lenses from being effective and comfortable. Learn more about astigmatism.
Scleral lenses, which are rigid (as opposed to soft like traditional contact lenses), are perfectly round and provide an ideal surface for light to pass through. This corrects the astigmatism and clarifies vision.
If you wear bifocal or multifocal eyeglass lenses, you can now utilize the same convenience and capability in your scleral contact lenses. With multifocal scleral lenses, you can enjoy vision correction across a range of distances.
Due to how the scleral lens rests over the sclera and cornea, the lens creates a reservoir that retains moisture. This process can reduce the symptoms of dry eye – often significantly – and offer the wearer improved comfort.
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In a word: comfort. Scleral lenses are individualized for each patient, and compared to standard contact lenses, offer the majority of wearers superior comfort and performance.
Scleral contact lenses are custom fitted for each patient. This means that they are tailor made for your eyes. As you can imagine, this bespoke fitting process ensures the lenses are comfortable and that the wearer enjoys ideal fitment.
As each lens is custom made for you, they are also made to be durable and scratch resistant. This allows them to be worn whenever you would wear any other type of contact lens. While you should always take care of your lenses and work to preserve them (by handling and storing them as directed), know that your scleral lenses are designed to be incorporated into your lifestyle and worn daily.
During the exam we will assess your candidacy for scleral lenses. We look for: keratoconus, corneal transplant history, corneal diseases and degenerations, dry eye disease, astigmatism, contact lens fitment issues, and other concerns that may prevent standard contact lenses from being worn.
In some cases your insurance provider will provide partial or full coverage for scleral lenses. We will investigate this for you to determine cost and affordability.