Scleral Lenses

Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses are a type of contact lens that vaults over the cornea and lands on the sclera, the white part of the eye, without touching the cornea. These lenses have gained popularity in recent years as they offer a variety of vision and comfort benefits compared to traditional contact lens options. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about scleral lenses, including what they are, who they are best suited for, their benefits, and how to care for them.

What are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are large contact lenses that vault over the cornea and land on the sclera, the white part of the eye. These lenses are made of rigid gas-permeable (RGP) material, which allows oxygen to pass through the lens and reach the cornea. Unlike traditional contact lenses, which rest on the cornea, scleral lenses create a tear-filled reservoir between the lens and the cornea. This liquid or fluid reservoir acts as a cushion, providing optimal vision and protecting the cornea.

Who Are Scleral Lenses Best Suited For?

Scleral lenses are best suited for people with certain eye conditions, or people who have been unhappy with their previous soft contact lenses or RGP lenses, including:

Irregular Astigmatism

  • Keratoconus
  • Intacs
  • Traumatic corneal injuries/scarring
  • Pellucid marginal degeneration
  • Post corneal transplant
  • Post radial keratectomy (RK)
  • Post LASIK/PRK
  • Corneal dystrophies

Ocular Surface Protection

  • Post surgical
  • Chemical burns
  • Ocular surface disease (OSD)
  • Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD)
  • Steven’s Johnson Syndrome
  • Ocular cicatrical pemphigoid
  • Exposure keratitis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

Other Indications:

  • High ametropia
  • Aphakia
  • Prosthetics
  • And more…

Benefits of Scleral Lenses:

Scleral lenses offer several benefits including:

  • Improved Visual Acuity: Scleral lenses can improve visual acuity by correcting irregular astigmatism and other vision problems.
  • Comfort: Scleral lenses are more comfortable than traditional contact lenses.
  • Protection: Scleral lenses create a tear-filled reservoir that protects the cornea from damage and irritation.
  • Long-Lasting Wear: Scleral lenses can be worn for longer periods than traditional soft contact lenses, making them ideal for people with dry eye syndrome or those who have experienced dry eye with their previous soft contact lenses.
  • Customizable: Scleral lenses are customized to fit the size and shape of each individual’s eye, providing a more precise fit and optimal vision correction.

How to Care for Scleral Lenses

Proper care and maintenance of scleral lenses are essential to ensure their longevity and reduce or prevent eye infections. Here are some tips for caring for scleral lenses:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses.
  2. Clean your lenses daily using a prescribed cleaning / disinfection solution.
  3. Store your lenses in a clean case filled with the prescribed solution.
  4. Replace your lenses as directed by your eye doctor.
  5. Avoid swimming or showering while wearing your lenses.

Scleral lenses are a game-changer for people. They offer improved visual acuity, comfort, and protection while also being customizable and long-lasting. Ask us today how you can benefit from scleral lenses!

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Dr. Stephanie Lomeli, D.D.S
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Troy Laabs
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