Scleral Contact Lenses

Littlefield Eye Associates has recently started fitting scleral contact lenses. How do you know if these lenses are right for you?

Scleral lenses are large diameter rigid gas permeable lenses. These lenses are larger than the cornea, so they rest on your sclera (the white part of the eye). They vault the cornea, which can help people with corneal problems see better.

Corneas can become irregular due to disease or previous surgeries, leading to a warped image. Scleral lenses actually vault the cornea, giving the eye a new, smooth surface to see through, which can help these patients see better than they can with glasses or regular contact lenses.

Ocular dryness is a very common problem in our society today, due to an increase in screen time for all ages. Scleral lenses allow the cornea to be bathed all day in preservative free saline to make the eye much more comfortable, making them an excellent option for severe dry eye patients.

Overall, patients with irregular or diseased corneas, patients with severe dryness, post-surgical patients, and patients with a significantly challenging prescriptions can all benefit from scleral lenses. Patients who are not able to tolerate other kinds of contact lenses that sit on the cornea may find scleral lenses to be better vision and comfort than they have been able to achieve with other options.

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To find out if you are a candidate for scleral lenses, ask your doctor!


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