Are Scleral Contact Lenses Right For You?

So, you don’t always want to wear glasses, but traditional contact lenses just don’t work for you. Either you just can’t see as well with them, or your eyes are uncomfortable and they just don’t fit you well. You may have a difficult prescription, an irregular shaped eye, or issues like dry eye that can make wearing contacts uncomfortable.

Welcome to the possibilities of scleral contact lenses!

They are fit differently: They are larger that the soft and hard contact lenses you are used to. Scleral lenses actually vault over the colored iris and sit on the sclera (the white part of the eye). Since these lenses do not touch the cornea, and they do not move very much, they are usually more comfortable than other lens options.

They are filled with fluid: When you insert the lens, you fill it with a preservative free buffered saline. This saline stays under the lens as you wear it and it helps even out any surface irregularities you may have, whether it is astigmatism, keratoconus, or post vision correction surgery. This fluid also helps to keep your eye from drying out and can be therapeutic for severe dry eye sufferers.

They are healthy: The material these lenses are made of are highly oxygen permeable, so they are healthy for you eyes. These are not a disposable type lens. These lenses can last up to a year or two if your eyes remain stable.

Your vision plan may help pay for them: If you have vision insurance, your normal contact lens benefits can be applied to these lenses. Over the course of the wear time, the cost associated with scleral lenses is not that different than soft disposable lenses.

If you are struggling with your current contacts or haven’t been able to successfully wear contacts, lets discuss this option at your next visit.

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