Have you been told by an eye doctor in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses because of an irregular cornea or other problem like keratoconus? Thanks to new developments in contact lens technology, you may be able to wear scleral contact lenses, which is exactly what The Eye Doctors offer.
What are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral contacts are large-diameter gas permeable contact lenses that are specially designed to cover not only the corneal surface, but also the sclera (the white part of the eye). This full coverage replaces the irregular cornea with a smooth optical surface. Our Havertown optometrist is one of the few local eye doctors in the Havertown area to offer these specialty contact lenses.
Benefits of Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are significantly larger than standard gas permeable contacts (GP) and have a diameter that is equal or greater than soft contact lenses. Scleral lenses are designed to fit with little or no lens movement during blinks.
These lenses come with the advantage of both conventional GP lenses and soft contacts. Patients report that these lenses are:
- More comfortable, especially for sensitive eyes
- More stable on the eyes
- Enhance vision
- Easier to handle
- Less risk of complications
Who is An Ideal Candidate?
When prescribing scleral contact lenses, our Havertown eye doctor, Dr. Toyzer, will determine the appropriate size based on your vision needs and any irregular cornea concerns. Generally, scleral lenses can be particularly helpful for patients with the following conditions:
- Irregular Corneas/Keratoconus. Many patients with irregularly shaped cornea — either because of an eye condition such as keratoconus or eye surgery — choose scleral lenses because it provides sharper vision and are more comfortable.
- Dry Eyes.Scleral lenses may also be prescribed for individuals with severe dry eyes due to conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
- Hard-to-fit Eyes. Scleral lenses can provide a more comfortable and secure fit for those whose eyes cannot be comfortably fit with conventional GP lenses or because of the shape of their eyes.
Thanks to continued advances in lens technology, scleral lenses can correct more eye conditions than ever. For example, bifocal scleral lenses are now available to correct presbyopia. One or two pairs of trial lenses may be necessary to obtain the most precise fit. Your comfort and good vision are our top priorities. We work closely with vision plans and insurance companies to maximize your vision benefits.
Could scleral contact lenses be the right choice for your vision needs? To learn more or to order scleral contact lenses in Havertown, call us now to schedule your appointment with our eye doctor today!