Candidates for Scleral Lenses

According to the American Academy of Optometry, many people resort to wearing scleral lenses for the comfort and stability that these lenses offer. They are gas-permeable (GP) contact lenses with a larger diameter. These lenses are also comfortable, easy-to-handle, and durable. They can provide you with sharper vision with a reduced risk for complications. If you are thinking of getting scleral lenses, here is what you should know about who a good candidate for scleral lenses is.

 

Refractive Errors

 

Here are the refractive issues that these lenses can help:

 

Astigmatism

 

Your vision may not be optimal with other types of contact lenses if you have moderate to severe astigmatism. With scleral lenses, you can get a better experience with your vision correction. To make sure that your lenses fit correctly, your eye specialist can perform a spherocylindrical over-refraction. This takes place during your fitting and the next follow-up checkup.

 

Gas-permeable (GP) lens burnout

 

Some patients complain that their corneal GP lenses always pop out or misalign. The instability of corneal GP lenses allows irritants to touch and irritate your eyes. Experiencing these problems usually leads to shortened wear time or lens burnout. You can tell your eye care provider to change your current lenses to scleral contacts. These fitting lenses semi-seal your eyes, keeping most of the debris out.

 

Dry eye syndrome

 

You are a good candidate for scleral lenses if you suffer from dry eye syndrome. Irritation and discomfort are common symptoms of dry eyes. Factors like dry air and long hours of exposure to computer monitors aggravate dry eye symptoms. Your eyes dehydrate and become irritated. To help your eye issue, scleral lenses provide the necessary moisture. These lenses do not dehydrate at all. The stored liquid in scleral lenses lubricates your eyes continuously. Because of this, you experience comfort while wearing them for hours.

 

Medical Necessity

 

You may need to wear scleral lenses if you have the following eye conditions:

 

Ocular surface disease (OSD)

 

Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Sjögren’s syndrome are systemic health conditions that manifest OSD. The curve and rigidity of scleral lenses can help manage OSD. If you have this disease, scleral lenses protect your anterior ocular surface by serving as a liquid bandage.

 

Irregularly shaped cornea

 

If you have severe corneal irregularity, you are a good candidate for scleral lenses. The liquid cushion in scleral lenses covers this irregularity. This type of corneal surface can result from eye surgery complications, trauma, or keratoconus. Unlike regular corneal GP lenses, scleral lenses are bigger and easier to apply. Scleral lenses often trigger anticipation and acceptance in many patients because of their stability and comfort.

 

To find out if you are a good candidate for scleral lenses & packages, contact Eyecare Center Snohomish in Snohomish, Washington at 360-568-6666.

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