If you have an irregular cornea or suffer from other problems that have been preventing you from using regular contact lenses, you may want to look into scleral contact lenses with our Lake Worth eye doctors.
How it Works
Scleral contact lenses are specially designed to rest on the white of the eye, known as the sclera. These lenses can replace an irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface, thus correcting any irregularities in the cornea.
There are many types of scleral contact lenses that can be fitted. The type of lenses used depends on the condition of eye. For instance, eyes with particularly thin corneas or those that have a severe ocular surface condition will need larger scleral contact lenses with a large tear reservoir. This allows for any the lenses to easily adapt to any large changes in the curvature of the cornea as well as hold more fluid as needed.
It’s best to consult an eye doctor, like Dr. Bhakta who specializes in scleral lens evaluations and can determine the type of scleral contact lenses that can fit your needs.
Correcting Various Eye Problems
Scleral contact lenses are the recommendation of choice for many eye care professionals for those patients who have keratoconus, an eye disorder than results in progressive corneal thinning. Due to its large diameter, the lens is more stable, centered more properly, and isn’t subject to excessive movement from blinking.
It can also aid those who have severe dry eyes and cannot tolerate normal contact lenses. This is because the space between the cornea and the scleral lens can act as a fluid reservoir, making it more comfortable wear.
In addition, scleral contact lenses can be used for those who have had a corneal transplant or those who suffer from severely dry eyes caused by Sjogren’s syndrome, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or graft-versus-host disease.
Since they are custom made for the wearer, fitting scleral contact lenses requires more time and a greater amount of expertise as opposed to fitting standard soft or gas-permeable contact lenses. If you think you may be a candidate for scleral contact lenses, contact Dr. Hetel Bhakta today.