Scleral Lenses

Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses have revolutionized the world of vision correction, providing a comfortable and effective solution for individuals with various eye conditions. These specialized contact lenses have gained popularity in recent years due to their unique design and ability to address a wide range of visual impairments.

What Are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are large-diameter contact lenses that cover not only the cornea but also the entire sclera, the white part of the eye. Unlike conventional contact lenses that rest on the cornea, scleral lenses vault over it, creating a reservoir of fluid between the lens and the eye's surface. This fluid-filled space acts as a protective barrier, providing comfort and stability throughout the day.

Scleral lenses are made from highly breathable materials, allowing oxygen to reach the cornea and maintain eye health. Due to their larger size, they offer improved stability and centration, making them an excellent option for those with irregular corneas or astigmatism. Additionally, their design reduces the risk of lens dislocation or discomfort, making them suitable for individuals who have difficulty wearing traditional contact lenses.

Eye Conditions that can Benefit from Scleral Lenses

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition in which the cornea thins and bulges into a cone-like shape. This irregularity causes distorted vision and can be challenging to correct with traditional contact lenses. Scleral lenses provide a smooth optical surface, compensating for the corneal irregularities and offering improved vision and comfort.

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. This condition can cause discomfort, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. Scleral lenses trap a layer of fluid against the eye, acting as a reservoir that keeps the ocular surface moist and lubricated. This helps alleviate the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and improves visual acuity.

After certain eye surgeries, such as corneal transplant or refractive surgery, the cornea may become irregular, leading to blurred or distorted vision. Scleral lenses can provide a smooth, regular surface, compensating for these irregularities and improving visual clarity.

The Advantages of Scleral Lenses

The fluid-filled reservoir between the scleral lens and the eye's surface provides exceptional comfort throughout the day. This cushioning effect reduces friction and irritation, making scleral lenses suitable for individuals with sensitive eyes or dry eye syndrome.

Scleral lenses provide a stable and smooth optical surface, correcting refractive errors and compensating for irregular corneas. This results in sharper and clearer vision, even for those with complex visual impairments.

The fluid reservoir of scleral lenses acts as a moisturizing chamber for the eyes. It keeps the ocular surface hydrated, reducing the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and preventing discomfort associated with lens wear.

Scleral lenses are individually designed and fitted to each patient's unique eye shape. This ensures a precise fit and optimal vision correction. Our optometrist will take detailed measurements and perform a thorough examination to ensure the perfect fit for your eyes.

Why Choose Fresh Pond Eye Care for Your Scleral Lenses?

Fresh Pond Eye Care is committed to providing exceptional eye care services, including fitting and prescribing scleral lenses. Dr. Wu specializes in complex contact lens fittings and will work closely with you to address your specific vision needs. With state-of-the-art technology and a personalized approach, we ensure that you receive the highest quality of care and the best possible outcome. Contact Fresh Pond Eye Care today to schedule a consultation and discover the benefits of scleral lenses for yourself.

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