Scleral contact lenses, not to be confused with gas-permeable hard contact lenses, are a specially designed contact lens type that has a larger diameter and more rigid build. The lenses arch over the clear lens of the eye (the cornea) and rest on the white sclera of the eye, unlike regular lenses that fit specifically over the cornea. Scleral lenses are commonly used for patients that have certain eye conditions or diseases. Here is a brief introduction about scleral lenses if you believe you may be a good candidate.
Who is a good candidate for scleral lenses?
In general, anyone can wear scleral lenses as long as the full opening of their eye is large enough for the lens. Numerous ailments can make you a good candidate for scleral lenses, such as:
- Dry eye disease
- Steven Johnson syndrome
- Corneal irregularities after laser eye surgery
- Pellucid marginal degeneration
In addition, people who have issues with traditional contact lenses may also be a good candidate for scleral lenses.
Are the lenses comfortable to wear?
While rigid in construction and larger than normal lenses, scleral lenses are actually quite comfortable to wear. Since the lenses sit beyond the cornea, which has a lot of nerve endings, there is not as much irritation to the cornea while the lenses are in place. The scleral part of the eye is much less sensitive to the touch of the lenses and can be easier to place on the eye as well. However, your eye doctor may need to do a few adjustments with your initial lenses to make sure you are comfortable with them after trying them out.
Do you have to wear scleral lenses all the time?
Just as it is with normal lenses, you wear the lenses throughout the day and then take them off when you go to bed at night. Cleaning the lenses daily is recommended.
Talk to a Weston Eye Doctor About Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses can be one of the most effective ways to treat certain optometric health issues. If you believe you could be a good candidate for scleral contact lenses, reach out to us at Rouse Family Eyecare in Weston, FL to schedule an appointment.