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Scleral Contact Lenses

What is a Scleral Lens?

Scleral lenses are larger than a typical contact lens, as they extend beyond the cornea and cover part of the white area on your eye (the sclera). This type of lens is used to correct vision problems that result from irregular cornea shape.

Do I Need Scleral Contact Lenses?

scleral_contact_lensesIf you’ve had issues with contacts in the past, scleral lenses may be a good option for you. Problems with contacts could be caused by eye disease, the natural shape of your eye, or other disturbances in your eye history. It’s important to see an optometrist who can help determine the source of your problem and counsel you on whether scleral lenses might be the solution for you.

If you’ve been rocking your fashionable Austin eyewear 24/7 because you’ve given up on contacts, a consultation with your eye doctor on scleral lenses may be a good idea.

Eye issues that scleral lenses can help relieve:

  • Keratoconus
  • Irregularly shaped cornea
  • Dry eyes
  • Difficult-to-fit eyes
  • Post-LASIK or other eye surgeries

Benefits of Scleral Contacts

Scleral lenses are made specifically for your eye’s needs in accordance with your eye doctor’s specifications. With this customization, these lenses bring users better vision and eye health where common lens alternatives may have failed. Due to their size, scleral lenses may be more comfortable for some wearers than regular contact lenses. They are also less likely to fall out of the eye, since they are in contact with more surface area.

Scleral lenses come in different sizes and types, and application is a bit different than that of regular lenses. Between diagnosis and care for these special lenses, having a knowledgable optometrist to help guide you through the process is a must! If you’ve experienced issues with traditional soft lenses or think your eyes are incompatible with contacts, come visit us at Look + See Vision Care. Dr. Tammy Vo specializes in scleral lenses and can assist with diagnosis, upkeep, and any questions you may have!

Visit our contact lens page for more alternatives to traditional soft contact lenses.