Scleral Lens


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We are now providing a much-needed contact lens service to our patients. With 30 years of rigid contact lens experience and the acquisition of the Cirrus 5000 anterior segment technology and topography, Dr. Gendal is now fitting scleral lenses.

When most people think about contact lenses, they picture traditional corneal lenses. These lenses fit over the cornea or the tissue that covers the colored part of the eye, or iris. For some people, however, corneal lenses are not the best vision solution. Other classifications of lenses may be more appropriate and are based on size. Scleral lenses are larger than corneal lenses with sizes measuring from 14 to 20 millimeters in diameter. These lenses cover the cornea and part of the sclera, which is the white part of the eye. For those unable to wear traditional corneal lenses, scleral lenses may be a useful solution.

The History of Scleral Lens

Though these lenses have recently become more popular, they are not new. First developed in the 1800’s, scleral lenses did not become popular right away. This is because the original design lacked the gas permeability of today’s lenses, so oxygen could not get to the eyes’ surface. As design has improved, these lenses have become a popular way to treat a variety of eye irregularities, discomforts, and diseases. Like other rigid lenses, scleral lenses are made to last for 1 to 3 years.

Benefits of Scleral Lens

Since scleral lenses are larger than corneal lenses, they are not supported by the sensitive cornea, but rather, by the sclera. This part of the eye is less sensitive, making lenses imperceptible by most wearers. This can make these lenses more comfortable, particularly for people who have sensitivity, injury or other corneal irregularities. Since scleral lenses do not directly touch the cornea and create a protective fluid barrier between the cornea and lens, the cornea is also protected from irritations and can have time to heal if needed.

Scleral Lens Uses

Patients who have undergone eye surgery, or have conditions such as corneal degeneration, dry eye or neurotrophic keratopathy may benefit from the use of scleral lenses. Some conditions cause changes to the smooth surface of the cornea, and scleral lenses can help correct this. These lenses can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia in patients who cannot wear corneal lenses.

Contact Vision World Today

For patients unable to wear traditional corneal contact lenses, scleral lenses may provide the vision correction needed. Vision World is dedicated to eye health and to finding the best vision solution for each patient. To find the solution that is right for you, call today to schedule an appointment with Vision World of Coral Springs.