Why Scleral Lenses May Be Best for You Instead of Eyeglasses or Other Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are an advanced type of rigid gas permeable contact lens with an extra-wide diameter and a customized design. Scleral lenses provide an innovative solution for those who find wearing eyeglasses cumbersome because they don’t accommodate an active lifestyle, or they fall short in delivering the peripheral vision that some patients rely on to perform well in sports or other activities.
Scleral contact lenses may also be more suitable for those who find wearing conventional contact lenses uncomfortable due to poor fit. Some patients also find that traditional contact lenses don’t provide an acceptable level of vision correction or offer less than desirable stability and are always “moving around” once inserted.
The Scleral Lens’ Superior Design Solves a Host of Challenges
The scleral lens’ exclusive bridge design prevents it from resting directly on the cornea. When inserted, it arches over the cornea and rests solely on the eye’s sclera or the white part. The space created between the lens and the cornea contains a hydrating reservoir filled with a sterile saline solution that keeps the ocular surface hydrated and protected. Scleral lenses are larger in diameter than traditional lenses. The larger lens provides a wider visual field, resulting in greater depth and peripheral perception. It also keeps out environmental debris and doesn’t fog up the way eyeglasses do. Here are other ways that scleral lenses are superior to eyeglasses and traditional contact lenses:
- Scleral lenses provide a customized fit to deliver maximum clarity that can’t be achieved with eyeglasses or other contact lenses. This feature is life-changing for patients who have eyes that are difficult to fit due to ocular conditions such as astigmatism, complications following surgery (such as LASIK) that can occasionally occur, or for those with keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea begins to thin and develop a bulbous shape that can worsen over time. Eyeglasses and conventional contact lenses cannot bypass the irregularity of a cornea and cannot correct vision in all eyes the eyes the way scleral contact lenses can. Therefore, neither can provide adequate vision correction the way scleral lenses can in patients with unique complex cornea conditions.
- Scleral lenses provide superior comfort to conventional contact lenses because they rest on the sclera. This area is less sensitive than the cornea when touched by the lens. Most patients adapt to wearing scleral lenses quickly and easily in comparison to corneal rigid gas permeable contact lenses.
- The large diameter of the scleral contact lens reduces glare and light sensitivity and makes the lens more stable. Scleral lenses won’t move around once inserted, which makes them perfect for patients who are active or play sports.
- Unlike conventional contact lenses, the sterile saline-filled reservoir built into the scleral lens keeps the eyes hydrated the entre time they are worn. Scleral lenses offer great relief to dry eye sufferers and those with ocular surface diseases.
Scleral Lenses Provide an Enhanced Quality of Life for the Visually Impaired
In addition to providing an improved quality of life for those who find wearing eyeglasses or conventional contact lenses uncomfortable, lacking stability and vision correction, scleral contact lenses also help protect the eyes and allow an active lifestyle.
Consult with a Weston Contact Lens Institute eye care professional who can assess if you are a good candidate for scleral contact lenses. Call Weston Contact Lens Institute to schedule your examination today. Discover the numerous advantages of scleral contact lenses and see the world through a brand-new set of eyes.
Testimonial from Daryl, 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.