What Are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are specialized contact lenses that are designed to fit over the white part of the eye (the sclera) and provide vision correction for individuals with severe vision impairments. These lenses are often prescribed for people with conditions such as keratoconus, corneal scarring, or dry eye syndrome, as they can provide a more comfortable and stable fit compared to traditional contact lenses.
Scleral contact lenses are custom-made to fit the unique curvature of each patient’s eye. They are designed to cover the entire cornea and rest on the sclera, or the white part of the eye. This allows the lens to create a reservoir of fluid between the lens and the cornea, which helps to keep the eye hydrated and comfortable during wear.
The fitting process for scleral contact lenses is typically more involved than for traditional contact lenses, as the lenses need to be carefully measured and customized to ensure a proper fit. During the fitting process, your eye care professional will take various measurements of your eye and use these measurements to create a custom lens design that will fit your eye comfortably and provide the necessary vision correction.
Michigan Contact Lens Fits Scleral Lenses
At Michigan Contact Lens, we understand the challenges that people with severe vision impairments face when it comes to finding comfortable and effective vision correction options. That’s why we specialize in fitting scleral contact lenses and help you decide if they are the best fit for your specific condition and needs which can provide clear and stable vision.
What sets our specialty practice apart from others is our focus on this unique class of patients. We have a deep understanding of the specific needs and challenges faced by people with corneal irregularities, and we are committed to providing the highest level of care and support.
Our team of experienced eye care professionals are trained in the latest techniques for fitting and caring for scleral contact lenses. We take the time to understand each patient’s unique needs and work with them to find the best solution for their vision needs.
Who Are Scleral Lenses For?
Scleral contact lenses are often prescribed for people with conditions that affect the cornea or the tear film, such as:
- Keratoconus: A condition in which the cornea becomes thin and cone-shaped, leading to distorted vision.
- Corneal scarring: Scars on the cornea can cause vision impairments and discomfort.
- Dry eye syndrome: A condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears, leading to dryness and discomfort.
- Post-surgical patients: Scleral contact lenses can provide a comfortable and stable fit for people who have had eye surgery and need vision correction.
- Irregular cornea shape: People with irregularly shaped cornea may have difficulty wearing traditional contact lenses or glasses, and scleral contact lenses can provide a more comfortable and stable fit.
- Unhealthy cornea: People with an unhealthy cornea may have difficulty wearing traditional contact lenses or glasses, and scleral contact lenses can provide a more comfortable and stable fit while allowing the cornea to heal.
- Extremely high prescriptions: People with extremely high prescriptions may have difficulty wearing traditional contact lenses or glasses, and scleral contact lenses can provide a more comfortable and stable fit.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: People with rheumatoid arthritis may experience inflammation and dryness in the eyes, and scleral contact lenses can provide a comfortable and stable fit.
- Ectasia: A condition in which the cornea becomes thin and bulges outward, leading to distorted vision.
- Sjogren’s syndrome: A condition that causes dryness in the eyes, mouth, and other parts of the body.
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome: A rare, serious disorder that affects the skin and mucous membranes.
- Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid: A rare, chronic autoimmune disorder that causes scarring on the surface of the eye.
- Aniridia: A rare, congenital condition characterized by the absence or deficiency of the iris.
- Limbal stem cell deficiency: A condition in which the stem cells that produce the cells of the cornea are damaged or destroyed, leading to vision impairments and discomfort.
Benefits of scleral contact lenses
There are several benefits to wearing scleral contact lenses, including:
- Improved vision: Scleral contact lenses can provide clear, stable vision for people with severe vision impairments that cannot be corrected with traditional glasses or contact lenses.
- Comfort: Because scleral contact lenses are larger and cover more surface area of the eye, they can be more comfortable to wear than traditional contact lenses, which may irritate the cornea.
- Durability: Scleral contact lenses are made of a durable, gas-permeable material that can withstand the rigors of daily wear.
- Easy to clean: Scleral contact lenses are easy to clean and maintain, as they do not come into contact with the cornea or tear film.
For Existing Patients with Scleral Lenses
If you are an existing patient with scleral lenses, it is important to follow the care and maintenance instructions provided by your eye care professional. This will help ensure the health and comfort of your eyes and the longevity of your scleral lens wear.
Tips for caring for your scleral lenses
- Clean and disinfect your scleral lenses regularly: Use a disinfecting solution specifically designed for scleral lenses as directed by your eye care professional. This will help kill any germs or bacteria that may be on the lenses.
- Store your scleral lenses properly: Always store your scleral lenses in the appropriate lens case with the recommended disinfecting solution. This will help keep your lenses clean and safe to wear.
- Handle your scleral lenses with care: Scleral lenses are larger and more delicate than traditional contact lenses, so be sure to handle them with care. Avoid bending or folding the lenses, and be gentle when inserting and removing them.
- Follow a consistent lens replacement schedule: Scleral lenses should be replaced as directed by your eye care professional. This could be anywhere from every month to every year, depending on the type of lens and your individual needs.
- Visit your eye care professional regularly: It is important to have regular check-ups with your eye care professional to ensure the health of your eyes and the proper fit of your scleral lenses.
- By following these tips and the care instructions provided by your eye care professional, you can ensure the health and comfort of your eyes while wearing scleral lenses.
Michigan Contact Lens Specialists
If you’re in need of a specialty contact lens or have been having a hard time getting fitted with soft contact lenses, call MCL today!