Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses are often the best option for those who require vision correction where your eye doctor has determined that eyeglasses and soft contact lenses are no longer an option. Our Lake Worth eye doctors can determine if lenses are an option for you. Scleral lenses are often a very good option for those with dry eye syndrome who may also wish to be free of eyeglasses. However, in most cases, scleral lenses are worn by those who have been diagnosed by their eye doctor and optometrist to have specific corneal conditions, like keratoconus. These individuals typically have poor success wearing soft contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, or other types of contact lenses. Schedule an appointment with our expert scleral lens eye doctors in Lake Worth to see if these lenses are a good option for you.

    Scleral lenses are used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

    • Keratoconus
    • Irregular corneas, irregular astigmatism, deformed corneas
    • Glare, Halos, Starbursts, and Ghosting
    • Dry Eyes
    • Complications from LASIK, PRK, and RK
    • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration (PMD)
    • Sjogren’s Syndrome
    • Corneal Scarring

    Scleral Lenses are also used for patients who have had the following eye treatments/surgeries:

    • Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL)
    • INTACS
    • Corneal Grafts (PKP)
    • LASIK, PRK, and RK
    Different Types of Lenses

    What are Scleral Lenses?

    Scleral lenses are large-diameter contact lenses designed specifically to correct complex visual problems, which result in providing clear and comfortable vision. These complex visual problems will be diagnosed by your eye doctor and you may be told that other contact lenses are not a good option for you. Scleral lenses are different from other types of contact lenses in that they do not actually touch the cornea. Instead, scleral lenses vault over the entire corneal surface, resting on the “white” portion of the eye known as the “sclera.” Schedule an appointment with our Lake Worth expert scleral lens eye doctors today to determine if this is a good option for you.

    The space between the back portion of the scleral lens and the front of the cornea is filled with unpreserved sterile saline solution, which means that the eye always remains in a liquid environment, creating a more comfortable wearing experience. If your eye doctor has diagnosed you with dry eye syndrome, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or Sjogren’s Syndrome you will benefit from these lenses for this reason. These larger lenses are also more stable than conventional gas-permeable contact lenses, which are much smaller in size and move with each blink.

    With scleral lenses, there is usually no lens awareness as the edge of the lens sits on the sclera, away from the sensitive cornea. Moreover, scleral lenses do not fall out, bits of grit do not lodge behind them during wear, and they are extremely comfortable to wear when fitted properly.

    Since scleral lenses are custom-made for the wearer, fitting scleral contact lenses requires more time and a greater amount of expertise than fitting standard soft or gas-permeable contact lenses. It is important to be evaluated and fitted by a specialist eye doctor such as Dr. Hetel Bhakta, our Lake Worth optometrist, who has more in-depth training and knowledge in fitting scleral lenses.

    For those who have severe dry eyes and cannot tolerate normal contact lenses, scleral lenses are the perfect solution. This is because the space between the cornea and the scleral lens can act as a fluid reservoir, making it more comfortable to wear. Contact our Lake Worth eye doctors today to see if you are a good candidate for these lenses.

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