Scleral contact lenses have been called “life-changing” and “transformative” by patients who wear them.
What makes these contact lenses so revolutionary?
What Are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are contacts that vault over the entire cornea and rest on the white part of the eye (sclera). Their diameter is much larger than standard lenses, which adds to their comfort and compatibility with hard-to-fit eyes.
Why are they gaining popularity in the contact lens world? Why are patients and doctors are calling sclerals a game changer?
1. Sclerals are Ideal for People with Corneal Irregularities or Dry Eyes
There was a time when patients with corneal irregularities (keratoconus, high astigmatism, complications after LASIK) or severe dry eye syndrome weren’t able to wear contact lenses at all, due to the discomfort associated with direct corneal contact. Now, patients with these problems or dry eye can successfully wear scleral contact lenses and enjoy comfortable and crisp vision.
Scleral lenses are also great for patients with corneal dystrophy, high astigmatism, Sjorgren’s syndrome, corneal trauma and corneal ectasia, or who have undergone cataract surgery.
2. They’re Completely Custom-Made
Each pair of scleral contact lenses is custom-designed to gently and securely rest on your unique eyes. The fitting process for scleral lenses starts with corneal topography. This means that we create a digital map of your eye’s surface and then custom design a lens for you so they are a perfect fit.
3. They Offer Optimal Visual Clarity and Comfort
The liquid reservoir that sits between the lens and the eye helps enhance the visual optics of the lens. Moreover, scleral lenses are made of very high-grade materials and don’t place any pressure on the cornea. They deliver ultimate all-day comfort. Many patients are able to wear their scleral lenses for up to 14 hours a day, which is longer than the wear time for standard soft contact lenses.
4. They Promote Eye Healing
Scleral contact lenses protect the eye by surrounding it with an oxygen-permeable, liquid-filled chamber. This hydrating environment gives the eye the moisture and oxygen it needs to stay healthy and ward off outside irritants.
This can also explain why scleral lenses promote healing of the eye’s surface, whether after a corneal transplant or when recovering from a chemical burn or other eye injury.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a corneal condition that prevents you from wearing standard lenses, consider scleral lenses. To schedule your appointment or to learn more, call Family Eye Care in Old Bridge today!
Family Eye Care serves patients from Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Woodbridge, Edison and throughout New Jersey.
- A: Scleral lenses typically last a year before requiring replacement. We also Progent Clean lenses at the 6 month mark. This is somewhat similar to have a professional dental cleaning, even though you brush your teeth twice a day. We will teach you how to insert and remove the lenses, and how to clean and disinfect them so they feel fresh and clean, day in day out.
- A: Scleral lenses are a customized product, much as LASIK is customized. Scleral lenses are likely more expensive than standard soft contact lenses. They provide superior vision, comfort, and stability. They don’t dry out like soft lenses do.
“name”: “#1: How long do a pair of scleral lenses last?”,
“text”: “When well-maintained, scleral lenses can last 1-2 years before needing to be replaced. Your optometrist will provide you with instructions on how to wear and care for your lenses to keep them feeling fresh.”
“name”: “#2: Are scleral lenses expensive?”,
“text”: “Just like any other personalized product, scleral lenses tend to be more expensive than standard soft contact lenses. Although they have a higher price point, they aren’t unaffordable. Most patients who wear them will tell you that their comfort, visual clarity, and stability make them worth the cost.”