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July 31, 2013
By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry
Specialty contact lens fitting is a passion of all three of our doctors at Eola Eyes. Scleral contact lens designs have evolved rapidly in recent years and these lenses can provide unmatched vision and comfort for patients with the some of the most challenging vision problems we see in our practice. Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the ‘white’ of the eye (the sclera). They are noticeably larger than normal RGP contact lenses and offer greatly improved comfort and stability for many patients who have previously been unsuccessful with traditional, smaller lens designs. Scleral contact lenses in essence optically “replace” an irregular cornea with a smooth, even, and regular refracting surface. In doing so, they can correct blurred and distorted vision caused by keratoconus, trauma, complications of refractive surgery, and other corneal irregularities.
Another common condition that prevents people from successfully wearing contacts is dry eye syndrome. Individuals with severely dry eyes often cannot tolerate wearing either soft or RGP contact lenses. However, scleral lenses are unique because they can provide comfort to people with this condition. The space between the cornea and the back surface of the scleral contact lens acts as a fluid reservoir, which makes wearing contacts possible.
For more information about how to use scleral lenses and for answers to frequently asked questions, visit http://www.sclerallens.org/for-patients. Make an appointment at Eola Eyes today to discuss your contact lens options or to see if scleral lenses can provide new hope for your challenged eyes.