Most people are familiar with traditional soft lenses, which provide clear vision for many individuals with nearsightedness and farsightedness.
In certain cases, particularly for those with corneal irregularities or astigmatism, standard gas permeable (GP) lenses may be recommended. However, people with several eye conditions can’t tolerate standard GPs, and find scleral lenses a much better, more comfortable alternative.
What are Scleral Lenses?
Patients with sensitive eyes or corneal abnormalities may benefit from custom-designed scleral lenses, which provide crisp vision as well as comfort, thanks to their unique design.
Scleral lenses are usually recommended for those with keratoconus, severe dry eye syndrome, hard-to-fit eyes or astigmatism who find it difficult or impossible to wear standard contact lenses.
Scleral lenses are large gas permeable lenses that vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye, instead of the cornea. This creates a new optical surface and prevents corneal irritation. Furthermore, a reservoir of pure saline solution between the back surface of the lens and the front of the cornea keeps the eye hydrated.
Benefits of Wearing Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses provide comfort, visual acuity and stability.
With scleral lenses, you'll constantly have clear vision. Because of their wide diameter, they stay centered and sturdy on your eye. Even if you play sports or have an extremely busy lifestyle, scleral lenses will not simply pop out, thanks to their size.
These gas permeable lenses, which are made of high-quality, long-lasting materials, usually last 1-2 years. As a result, while the initial cost of scleral lenses is higher than the cost of regular contacts, they give you more bang for your buck.
Safe and Easy-to-Use
Scleral lenses are easier to insert and remove from your eyes than regular GP lenses, thanks to their large size and rigid material. These characteristics also help to limit the chance of damaging your cornea while handling your lenses.
Comfort for Dry Eyes
Scleral lenses provide a lubricating cushion that helps relieve dry eye symptoms.
If you’ve experienced discomfort while wearing regular contact lenses you may have keratoconus, irregular corneas, dry eyes or hard-to-fit eyes. Find out more about scleral lenses by scheduling an eye exam at Dr. Nicholas Belill today!
Belill Eye Care, PLC serves patients from , Flint, Flushing, and Mt. Morris, throughout Michigan.
- A: It’s not recommended to wear scleral lenses while you sleep. Sleeping in your scleral lenses can cause the tear layer behind the lens to become stagnant, increasing the risk of eye infections.
- A: Scleral lenses provide clear vision for longer periods of time for some people with irregular-shaped corneas. This is due to their capacity to cover a wider area of the eye while avoiding direct contact with the cornea.