The Solution You’ve Been Waiting for
If you have been told you cannot wear contacts because of an eye condition, scleral contact lenses may just be the answer to your vision problems.
What are Scleral Contact Lenses?
Scleral Contact Lenses are specially designed gas-permeable (GP) contacts, each custom-crafted for your unique eyes. These lenses have a larger diameter and minimal lens movement, providing stability and unmatched comfort.
Unlike traditional lenses, they rest on the white part of your eye, offering exceptional comfort and vision correction. Scleral lenses even mask visual distortions caused by underlying corneal shape irregularities.
They are an ideal solution for patients with severe dry eye disease and provide an excellent refractive surface.
How Do Scleral Contact Lenses Work?
Scleral lenses are unique because of their size and fit. They are much larger than traditional lenses, with diameters ranging from 15.00 mm to 20.00 mm. These lenses cover your entire cornea and rest gently on the sclera (the white part of your eye), providing comfort like never before. They are filled with saline or artificial tears to soothe your cornea.
Though you might be aware of them initially, your eyes will adjust quickly. Scleral lenses are a fantastic option for patients unable to wear conventional lenses due to poor fit or discomfort.
Vision Issues That Can Be Corrected with Scleral Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are a remarkable option for patients with various challenging eye conditions. Here are some situations that can benefit from scleral lenses:
- Keratoconus: This condition involves the progressive thinning and warping of the cornea, resulting in a conical shape. Traditional glasses and soft contact lenses often cannot provide adequate vision correction for keratoconus patients.
- Pellucid Marginal Degeneration: Similar to keratoconus, this condition causes thinning and warping of the cornea, leading to an oblate shape. Scleral lenses can help provide more stable and comfortable vision for these patients.
- Neurotrophic Keratopathy: This condition affects corneal sensitivity and healing, making it challenging to wear traditional contact lenses. Scleral lenses can protect and soothe the cornea, offering relief.
- Irregular Astigmatism: Irregularities in corneal shape can lead to distorted vision. Scleral lenses can mask these irregularities and provide clear, stable vision.
- Dry Eye Disease: Patients with severe dry eye conditions, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, often find relief with scleral lenses. These lenses trap a layer of artificial tears, keeping the cornea moisturized and comfortable.
- Post Corneal Transplant: The cornea may have an irregular shape after a corneal transplant. Scleral lenses can provide improved vision and comfort in such cases.
- Post-Refractive Surgery Ectasia: LASIK, PRK, and RK surgeries can sometimes lead to a warped cornea, affecting visual acuity over time. Scleral lenses can help correct vision in these instances.
What You Can Expect During an Appointment for a Scleral Lens Fitting
At Foresight Eye Care, we want you to be fully informed about what to expect during your scleral lens fitting. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the process:
We Start with a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Your scleral lens journey begins with a comprehensive eye exam. Your Foresight Eye Care eye doctor will assess your eye health and determine your prescription. This initial step ensures your eyes are healthy and ready for contact lens wear.
Lifestyle and Lens Preferences
During the scleral lens fitting, your eye doctor will take the time to understand your lifestyle and preferences. This discussion helps us recommend the most suitable lens type for your unique needs.
We’ll find the perfect fit for you with various lens options, including daily disposables, weekly lenses, monthly lenses, and toric lenses for astigmatism.
Precise Measurements are Essential
To ensure a perfect fit, it’s important to obtain precise measurements of your eyes. Your eye doctor at Foresight Eye Care will measure the curve and diameter required for your lenses.
They will also measure your pupil and iris to ensure a proper fit. Additionally, we’ll evaluate your tear production with a tear film test to ensure your eyes stay comfortable.
Next Comes Trial Scleral Contact Lenses
Based on the information gathered, your eye doctor will order trial scleral lenses tailored to your eyes. During your follow-up visit, our experienced team will guide you on inserting and removing these lenses and caring for them properly. With practice, you’ll become comfortable with scleral lens handling.
And Lastly, A Follow-Up Visit
We’ll schedule another visit before ordering your scleral lenses to ensure everything is perfect. Your eye doctor will check for comfort, optimal vision, and proper fit. If everything seamlessly aligns, your customized scleral lenses will be ordered.
Scleral Lens Fitting: Enjoy Ease and Convenience at Foresight Eye Care in Chappaqua
Tired of ill-fitting contact lenses or cumbersome eyeglasses? Regain your active lifestyle with scleral contact lenses. Schedule a consultation with Foresight Eye Care in Chappaqua and discover if scleral lenses are the key to achieving the clear vision and active lifestyle you desire.
Experience the advancements in restorative vision technology that can enhance your quality of life.