For Comfortable and Clear Vision in Charlotte, North Carolina
Scleral lenses are a type of rigid gas-permeable lenses designed for comfort and clarity. Unlike traditional contact lenses that sit on your cornea, scleral lenses gently arch over the entire cornea and rest on the white part of your eye, known as the sclera.
This design creates a gap between the lens and the corneal surface. This space is filled with a soothing saline solution that can provide relief for sore eyes and help create a comfortable wearing experience throughout the day.
Who Can Benefit From Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are beneficial for managing eye conditions like:
- Dry Eyes
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
- Post-refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK, PRK)
Give us a call today and let’s help you see the world in a whole new way with our top-notch scleral lenses.
5 Advantages of Wearing Scleral Lenses
At Complete Eye Care, we understand the importance of consistent, clear vision, especially for people with irregular corneas. Here are some of the benefits scleral lenses can provide:
1. Super-Sized Diameter
Compared to conventional lenses, scleral lenses are bigger and have been designed to stay centered and stable on your eyes, reducing the risk of them popping out when you least expect them.
Our scleral lenses are made from high-quality materials that make them durable. You can wear them for a long time without worrying about them losing their effectiveness. In fact, one pair of scleral contacts can last anywhere from 1-3 years with proper maintenance.
3. Allergy Protection
The large size of the lenses acts as a barrier against debris, dust, and allergens that can irritate your eyes.
4. Excellent Breathability
Scleral lenses are crafted from gas-permeable material, allowing enough oxygen to reach your eyes, promoting eye health.
5. Lubricating cushion
These lenses feature a unique design that creates a pocket filled with moisturizing tears, which enhance comfort and maintain optimal eye health.
Eye Disease Treatment With Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses are highly effective for treating a range of eye conditions. They are particularly useful for treating keratoconus, a condition where the cornea becomes thin and bulges, causing distorted vision and light sensitivity. These lenses, which don't directly touch the cornea, provide comfort and improved vision by creating a separate optical surface. Additionally, they offer benefits for astigmatism, post-LASIK surgery complications, and various corneal diseases. Scleral lenses are custom-designed for a perfect fit, provide clear vision, and are durable and cost-effective. They also offer relief for dry eye symptoms and can correct refractive errors.
At Complete Eye Care, our dedicated team can help you find relief, clear vision, and comfort for these conditions. Contact us for an appointment to explore the benefits of scleral lenses for your specific needs.
How To Care For Scleral Lenses
To properly care for scleral lenses, follow these tips: avoid using tap water and keep your hands dry when handling the lenses. Wear the lenses for 12-14 hours and remove them one hour before bed. When cleaning the lenses, rub them in saline solution, rinse thoroughly, and store them in a case filled with fresh solution for at least 4 hours to ensure disinfection. Consider using a peroxide cleaner for thorough cleaning without the need for rubbing, and always keep your lens case dry. Use a preservative-free solution when inserting the lenses to prevent eye infections. Additionally, remember to clean the lens case daily and replace it monthly to prevent bacterial contamination.
For further guidance, contact Dr. Barbara Marcussen and her team at Complete Eye Care.
FAQ | Understanding Scleral Lenses
1. How do scleral lenses work for dry eye?
- Scleral lenses are filled with a saline solution before insertion, which helps keep your eyes hydrated and protects against dry eye symptoms such as redness and itchiness.
2. What happens during a scleral lens fitting?
- Consultation and testing (Digital Imaging)
- Measurement and fitting
- Dispensing of the lens
- Training on how to care for, insert, and remove the lenses.
- Follow-up(s) for micro-adjustments
3. Who needs scleral lenses?
- People with corneal irregularities or visual disorders that prevent the wearing of regular contact lenses
- People seeking a non-surgical way to correct myopia
- People with severe refractive errors
- Those who either struggle to wear regular lenses or have trouble keeping them on.
If you belong to any of these categories, it is important to see an eye doctor early before the condition worsens. Schedule a consultation with us now.