What are scleral lenses?
Scleral lenses are hard-to-fit contacts and are rigid gas permeable lenses with an extra-large diameter. They completely cover your cornea and rest on the whites of your eye, the sclera. Scleral lenses cause clear vision by covering the irregular corneal surface with a rounded optical surface. Even if you have keratoconus you can wear Scleral Lenses.
The shape of scleral lenses creates a bridge over the eye and causes a gap that fills with tears. This little pouch of tears makes the eye more lubricated and helps dry eye patients. How to Insert & Care for Scleral Lenses?
How safe are scleral lenses?
Although this may be the first time you have heard of scleral lenses, they aren’t a new invention. In fact, they are the oldest type of contact lenses, invented in the early 16th century by Leonardo da Vinci.
However, the first prototypes that were manufactured in Europe were not very permeable to oxygen. As a result, they caused many negative side effects, such as corneal swelling.
Nowadays, modern scleral lenses are designed and crafted with precise technology, new materials, and computer-driven lathes. This leads to a higher level of safety and comfort.
Contemporary sclerals have a high oxygen permeability, which reduces the risk of eye complications.
Patients with keratoconus can have crystal-clear vision along with protection of the sensitive corneal surface.
Scleral Lens Fitting
The eye doctor will map your cornea using advanced corneal topography equipment. This generates a detailed diagram of your cornea, which is used to make customized scleral contact lenses.
We equip our office with the newest technologies in order to ensure an efficient eye care experience and lenses that fit you perfectly.
Is it difficult to insert and care for scleral lenses?
It may be hard for you to insert scleral lenses at the beginning, but our optometrists can provide you with proper training and instruction.
After a short adjustment period, you will be a pro at putting your lenses in.
Care for scleral lenses is the same as with regular contacts. Clean then and store them with contact lens solution right after removal.
Talk to your doctor to find out the best contact lens solution for you.