Candidates for Scleral Lenses

These are custom-designed lenses that help patients who have corneal irregularities. The lenses allow patients to enjoy improvements in comfort and visual acuity. The lenses fit above the cornea and do not place pressure on them. 

This helps to prevent the discomfort that is common for many contact lens wearers. In addition, the scleral lenses rest on the sclera, creating a new surface and replacing the damaged cornea.

About Scleral Lenses

Apart from the enhanced comfort, scleral lenses help to keep the eyes in a liquid environment. The moist environment is created with a sterile saline solution between the lens surface and the cornea. This provides an atmosphere for optimum healing. 

The size of the lenses makes them more stable on the eye than regular contacts. This makes them less likely to become dislodged accidentally. In addition, the stability makes the lenses more comfortable for patients with irregularly shaped or sensitive corneas.

Types of Scleral Lenses

These use a breathable material, allowing oxygen to reach the eyes. Hence, the lenses keep the eyes healthy and comfortable. There are different types of these lenses available. They are categorized according to their size and their contact with the surface of the eye. 

Corneo-scleral lenses are much larger than traditional contact lenses. Other types are mini-scleral lenses, semi-scleral lenses, and full scleral lenses, which are the largest. 


Benefits of Scleral Lenses

The scleral lenses provide improved vision and more comfort. Most patients point to comfort as the best thing about the lenses. Many patients report not feeling the lenses. Traditional contacts are much smaller in diameter, which means that they constantly rub against the cornea. As a result, most patients find it difficult to wear traditional lenses for more than a few hours.

With these lenses, the large diameter means that they rest on a larger and less sensitive surface. The fitting also helps to protect the cornea from abrasion. Moreover, the lenses are more stable, and the highly permeable materials help to enhance comfort. The lenses provide soothing artificial tears that refresh the surface. Enhanced comfort helps to create an atmosphere for stable vision. 


Candidates for Scleral Lenses

If you are currently wearing or planning to get contact lenses, you should go for scleral lenses. Having irregularly shaped corneas makes the lenses right for you. The irregular shape may be due to natural causes, or it may be caused by surgery or a condition in the eye. Also, if you suffer from dry eyes, wearing regular contacts can be very difficult. Scleral lenses will help to keep your eyes comfortable and moist. 

There are conditions that make wearing traditional contacts difficult. These are:  


  • Presbyopia. 
  • Dry eyes.
  • Astigmatism.
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC).
  • Keratoconus.

If you suffer from any of these conditions, you should consider going for scleral lenses. 


Scleral Lenses for Children

Young children with severe dry eyes or an ocular surface disease can benefit from wearing full scleral lenses. This is because wearing full lenses will ensure that most of the eye surface is protected. Mini-scleral lenses are ideal for children with irregular corneas or normal corneas but with high refractive errors. Thus, scleral lenses are great for children who cannot tolerate regular lenses.

To find out if you are a candidate for scleral lenses, contact Studio Optix in New York, New York at  (212) 765-4444 to book an appointment today!




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