What is a Scleral Lens, and Why Does it Work So Well on So Many Ocular Conditions?
Scleral contact lenses offer a superior solution in vision correction for patients who suffer from corneal irregularities, such as keratoconus, dry eye syndrome, and other ocular conditions that prevent them from wearing traditional contact lenses.
Scleral lenses are designed to transform an irregular cornea into a smooth optical surface, correcting the irregularity and improving vision. Scleral lenses sit on the sclera, or the white part of the eye, rather than the cornea. This is to maximize comfort, as the sclera is less sensitive than the cornea. These lenses have an additional component that is integral to their revolutionary design; it’s how the scleral lens sits on the eye and creates a space between the lens and cornea. This space acts as a reservoir and is filled with a sterile saline solution that constantly bathes the cornea, keeping it lubricated, helping it heal, and providing relief to patients with severe ocular surface disease.
To create these lenses, SMap3D technology is key. SMap3D applies precision topographical mapping to capture the eye’s shape measurements. This data is then used to create customizable scleral lenses with accuracy.
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Ocular Conditions That Can Be Improved Using a Scleral Lens
While scleral lenses were originally used as a specialized treatment for patients with eye injuries or various ocular conditions, they have become increasingly popular among patients with normal corneas who seek the comfort and valuable features scleral lenses offer.
Keratoconus is when the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped front surface of the eye, thins and gradually bulges outward, forming a cone shape. This condition worsens over time and can cause blurred or decreased vision. Patients with severe Keratoconus can significantly reduce the need for corneal surgery by using scleral lenses.
Dry eye syndrome sufferers can significantly benefit from using scleral lenses. The consistent lubrication provided by the layer of fluid between the scleral lens and the eye’s surface helps decrease dryness, discomfort, and vision impairments caused by this condition.
Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and tissue. Chronic dry eyes are a common symptom of this disease. Scleral lenses are the best option for treating chronic dry eyes in addition to supplemental hydration and eyedrops.
Patients with corneal irregularities and those who suffer from various ocular surface diseases find scleral contact lenses to be the best therapeutic tool. These patients benefit from receiving continuous corneal hydration and optimal vision correction.
There are Different Types of Scleral Lenses
Quadrant specific or toric scleral lenses offer superior comfort and stability. These types of scleral lenses are customized to fit each eye. They arch over the cornea and align with the sclera. Their ability to hydrate the eye and protect the corneal surface makes these lenses an excellent choice for patients with various eye health concerns.
EyePrintPro scleral lenses are impression-based lenses that provide an exceptional solution for several eye conditions that prevent patients from wearing other types of scleral lenses. EyePrintPro scleral lenses are created using scans of the ocular surface to deliver a highly customized fit that matches the shape of the eye with incredible accuracy. This allows patients with ocular disease or severely irregular ocular surfaces to experience the crisp vision, comfort, and health benefits that customized contact lenses offer.
Latitude brand software-based scleral lenses offer unmatched innovation as they conform to the precise shape of the sclera where it rests, regardless of the severity of corneal irregularities. This lens has a uniquely contoured design that allows for a precise fit over the ocular, corneal, and scleral surfaces – an essential feature when fit and comfort are paramount.
Book Your Appointment for Scleral Lenses Today
The goal of our eye care professional is to skillfully utilize cutting-edge treatments that restore vision non-invasively and without surgery while delivering the best results. If an ocular disease or corneal irregularity has prevented you from wearing traditional contact lenses in the past, get in touch with us. The technological innovations that have made specialized scleral lenses a reality can dramatically improve your quality of life and how you see the world. Get in touch with us today to book your appointment for scleral lenses.
Testimonial from Daryl, Satisfied Scleral Lens Patient
Getting scleral lenses was made easy by a great doctor and great staff members. My thanks to Shevonne and others who helped train me on how to use the lenses and care for them.