Scleral contact lenses are gas permeable lenses that rest on the “white” part of the eye (the sclera), forming a dome over the cornea. This dome creates a new optical surface over the irregular or damaged cornea, providing clearer and more comfortable vision.
Here are 3 reasons why scleral lenses are a great contact lens option:
1-They work when nothing else will
When a patient has an irregularly shaped cornea, whether it’s because of an eye condition, complications following eye surgery, or other reasons, it can lead to vision problems that cannot be corrected with standard contact lenses or glasses. This is where scleral lenses can help.
Sclerals are especially suited for patients with keratoconus, astigmatism, severe dry eye syndrome, and other conditions that make it uncomfortable—even impossible—to wear standard contact lenses.
2- Scleral lenses provide relief for those who suffer from dry eye syndrome
Unlike regular soft contact lenses, which sit on the cornea, scleral lenses vault over the cornea and sit on the sclera. This prevents irritation and allows the eye to heal. Moreover, the space between the lens and the cornea contains a liquid reservoir of artificial tears that continually hydrates your eyes.
3- Sclerals are long-lasting
Created from top-quality, long-lasting materials, these rigid gas permeable contacts usually last 1-3 years. Even though the initial cost of scleral lenses is higher than standard contact lenses, you’ll benefit from greater value for your money.
Scleral lenses are customized for every patient's eyes. To learn more about scleral lenses contact The Scleral Lens Center At Washington Eye Doctors today.
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- A: Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.
- A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.
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