Scleral Lenses Provide a New Option for People Suffering
from Irregular Corneas
If you live in the Bristol or Wise, Virginia, areas, and you need to be fitted for contact lenses, you are in luck. The optometrists at Highland Optometry are ready to serve all of your contact lens needs, even if you require special ones.
Over the years, many people have been told that they have an irregular cornea or other eye issues that prevent them from wearing contact lenses. If you are one of those people, you may want to make an appointment for a second opinion. Scleral contact lenses may be just what you need.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contacts are the answer for many people who suffer from keratoconus and other corneal irregularities and do not enjoy wearing glasses. Contacts provide a certain amount of freedom and a different appearance than people have when wearing glasses.
Scleral contact lenses are gas-permeable and larger in diameter than regular contact lenses. Their design allows them to cover the entire corneal surface of the eye. The outer edges of each lens lay on the white part of each eye. In essence, scleral contacts functionally replace your irregular cornea with a smooth optical surface so your vision can be corrected. Another benefit of a scleral lens in each eye is that the space that is formed between the cornea and the back surface of the lens will act as a fluid reservoir. This will provide you with comfort if you suffer from severe dry eyes and would not otherwise be able to handle wearing contacts. Dry eyes caused by conditions, such as Sjogren's syndrome, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, will also benefit from scleral contact lenses along with people who have undergone surgery for a cornea transplant.
Types of Scleral Contact Lenses
There are several types of scleral lenses and the eye doctors at our office can determine the correct lenses for you and your situation. For someone suffering from keratoconus, large-diameter or semi-scleral lenses will work better. Mini-scleral lenses are also available for people who need those type lenses.
Fitting for Scleral Lenses
Our eye doctors have the skill, knowledge, and equipment to determine the best size and fit of scleral lenses for your eyes. Your optometrist will begin with a thorough eye examination then proceed to either use an anterior segment OCT to measure for your lenses or corneal topography to determine the size of lenses you need.
After your exam, it will take a few days for your new scleral contact lenses to be created for your eyes. At your next appointment, your eye doctor will examine your eyes with the contacts in place to ensure they are the correct fit and prescription. You will then be on your way out into the world without having to wear glasses.
To start the process of obtaining the correct pair of contact lenses for your eyes, contact the professional and highly-skilled optometrists at Highland Optometry in Wise or Bristol, Virginia, today!