What Are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral Contacts are gas permeable lenses fit to vault over the cornea. For irregular corneas, the scleral lens will provide a new shape in front of the cornea to restore clear focus to your vision. The resurfacing design will often provide vision clearer than what can be obtained from glasses or conventional contacts. The special vault design of scleral lenses also benefits dry eye patients by continuously bathing the eye in solution acting as a liquid bandage for corneal surface disease. The scleral lens must be worn on a regular basis in order to provide clear vision and ocular comfort.

Are Schleral Lenses right for me?

Many of our patients have been told that they cannot wear contact lenses because of an irregular cornea or other eye problems. Our doctors have been trained to fit specialty scleral contact lenses, a large diameter, gas permeable, contact lens specially designed to vault over the entire surface of the cornea and rest on the white part of the eye (sclera), as pictured above.

By design, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus and other irregularities of the cornea. In addition, the liquid reservoir provides comfort to people with severe dry eyes who otherwise would not tolerate contact lens wear.

What can I expect at a consultation?

As part of your examination, our doctors will use a topographer to take a number of surface measurements in order to map your cornea. This test is not invasive and will only take a few minutes. These measurements will be used to select from several different scleral lenses available in the office to evaluate and order custom made lenses to your eyes.

What else are Schleral Lenses used for?

Irregular Astigmatism

High prescriptions

Keratoconus

Corneal Scarring

Post Radial Keratotomy (RK)

Post LASIK

Post Corneal Transplants

Corneal Ectasias

Pellucid Degeneration

Can also be used to provide relief for ocular surface disease:

Dry Eye

Sjogrens Syndrome

Corneal Exposure