Have you heard about scleral lenses? Confused? We at Saline Optometry and Chelsea Eyeglass Co. are optometrist care partners that will answer your questions. Learn about these innovative new lenses and what they may mean for you.
What are Scleral Lenses?
These are gas permeable contacts that are large in diameter and fit over the white part of the eye and the cornea. These are smooth lenses that help those with irregular corneas and those with keratoconus.
While regular contact lenses fit against the cornea, these specialized lenses leave a space between the cornea and the lens. This space helps facilitate an eye moistening system as a reservoir for tears. It is helpful to fight against dry eye conditions and those that are fighting severe ocular disease.
What are the Benefits of Scleral Lenses?
There are several reasons you may want to consider going to a scleral contact lens from conventional lenses or for the very first time. Some of these benefits include:
- More stable due to their larger size
- A high degree of clarity and comfort
- Tear reservoir for added moisture and eye oxygenation
- Corrects vision
- Improves eye health
- Reduces the need for surgical options
Types of Scleral Lenses
The three types of scleral lenses are variated by their size. Mini lenses are the smallest, followed by corneoscleral and semi-scleral lenses, and then full scleral lenses at the largest end of the scale.
- Mini Scleral Lenses – rest against the anterior sclera and vault over the cornea.
- Full Scleral Lenses – the largest lens, for advanced ocular disease, dry eye, and keratoconus.
- Corneo-scleral and Semi-scleral lenses – rest between the cornea and sclera junction and are used if needed to correct astigmatism after LASIK.
Are you a Candidate for Scleral Lenses?
An optometrist will be able to tell you if they are right for your condition and which one would work best, but you are typically a candidate if you have corneal problems, ocular disease, lack stability with regular lenses, and have severe refractive errors. You may also be considered if you have dry eye problems.
Talk with your vision healthcare provider if you believe that scleral contact lenses may be worth consideration.
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At Saline Optometry and Chelsea Eyeglass Co., we have provided our patients with reliable eye care services for many years. Call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.