If you have you been told that you cannot wear contact lenses because of an irregular cornea or other problems, you may want to ask Dr. Murray Johnson about Scleral Contact Lenses.
- If you want to wear contact lenses but have had trouble wearing them in the past — or you've been told you are not a good candidate for contacts — scleral contact lenses may be the solution you are looking for.
- If you have an eye condition that prevents you from wearing regular contact lenses, such as corneal irregularities (i.e. keratoconus), post corneal transplant, severe dry-eye, or an unusually high refractive error, scleral contact lenses may be the right option for you.
What are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter gas permeable lenses specially designed to fit over the cornea and extend onto the white of the eye which is known as the sclera. Scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus and other corneal irregularities. The space between the cornea and the back surface of a scleral lens acts as a fluid reservoir to provide comfort for people with severe dry eyes who otherwise could not tolerate contact lens wear.
Why Use Scleral Lenses?
Scleral Contact Lenses are used to correct vision in a number of conditions, such as:
- Corneal trauma
- Post refractive surgical corneal issues and deformities
- High Myopia
- Dry Eye Syndrome
- Ocular surface disease
- Severe refractive errors
- Inability to easily fit conventional lenses, or lack of stability with traditional contacts
How Do We Determine if Scleral Lenses are Suitable for You?
Technically, any patient can wear a scleral lens. They are most beneficial for patients with corneal diseases, dystrophies, and degenerations (i.e. keratoconus), patients who have corneal scars and irregularities, and patients who have had a corneal transplant or refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK and RK). In many of these cases the corneas are altered in some way. If the cornea does not have a perfect convex or dome shape, vision will be poor through both glasses and traditional contact lenses.
Because scleral lenses are larger than conventional lenses, they are more stable on the eye. They also provide comfort similar to soft lenses.
At your contact lens exam and fitting, Dr. Johnson will tell you if scleral contact lenses are right for you and which type will be best for you.
At ECLANT Scleral Contact Lenses are custom fit. We use advanced technology with images and maps to accurately find the best fit. We carefully map the cornea using the latest corneal topography equipment. This generates a detailed diagram the cornea, which is used to make customized scleral contact lenses.
Scleral lenses require precise customization, and every patient’s case varies in degrees of severity and corneal measurements. Scleral lenses are custom fit lenses which require in depth knowledge, expertise and the use of advanced diagnostic equipment.
Dr. Johnson is known for his special expertise in fitting scleral contact lenses.
If you think you may be a candidate for scleral contact lenses
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