Scleral lenses are specialty contact lenses. A kind of gas permeable lens, they offer an alternative for patients who cannot use other types of contacts. At Advanced Eyecare, our optometrist notes that these lenses are an effective way to treat corneal refractive errors. Fitting them is just one of the many vision services available at our three locations in Raytown, Raymore, and Blue Springs, MO.
Overview of Scleral Lenses
Our eye doctor suggests scleral lenses when other types of therapy have failed to correct vision problems. Scleral contact lenses are significantly larger than standard types. They sit on top of the white part of the eye, known as the sclera, where they form a tear-filled vault over the cornea. Thanks to the fluid, the lenses avoid touching the cornea. Scleral contacts are custom lenses that require precision fitting. These lenses are particularly useful for reducing light sensitivity and improving the vision of individuals with these problems:
- Dry eye syndrome
- Graft-versus-host disease
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Inability to completely the close eyes
- Corneal ectasia
- Anesthetic corneas
Benefits of Scleral Lenses
Following a comprehensive vision exam, our eye doctor will advise a patient whether scleral lenses could be the right solution to his or her vision issues. Among individuals who are the most likely candidates are those who have experienced pellucid marginal degeneration, a corneal transplant, or complications following treatments such as LASIK/RK/PRK. Many of our patients with this type of experience have had success wearing scleral contact lenses.
Scleral fittings require experience and precise measurements. Getting the right fit for a patient might require using multiple trial lenses to achieve the exact size and curvature required. Patients interested in finding out more about scleral lenses should make an appointment for a vision exam and an assessment from our optometrist.
Contact Our Optometrist for Eye Care in Raytown, Raymore, and Blue Springs, MO
Our Advanced Eyecare practice is a full-service provider for both patient emergencies and scheduled appointments. What sets us apart from other eye care practices is our one-on-one approach to optometry. The foundation of our practice is professional care matched with personal attention. Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam, testing for eye disorders such as glaucoma and cataracts, glasses, or regular or specialty contacts such as scleral lenses, we will answer all your questions. For more information on our eye care services or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor, call us today or request an appointment online.