What is a Scleral Lens?
A scleral lens covers both the cornea and the sclera, the white part of the eye. The lens itself rests on the sclera, taking pressure off the more sensitive cornea. Because of this, a scleral lens tends to be more comfortable to wear.
The lens is a rigid, gas permeable lens that offers many advantages over typical, corneal lenses, in addition to the comfort of wear. Our Sugar Land patients that have damaged corneal tissue will find that a scleral lens will help keep the eye most. In addition, because of the size of the lens—extending under the upper and lower lids—a scleral lens will rarely dislocate, leading to exceptional stability and keeping the lens centered on the eye.
Who does a Scleral Lens benefit?
Our Sugar Land patients with any of the following maladies may benefit from a scleral lens.
- Post-corneal transplant
- Pellucid marginal degeneration
- Severe dry eyes
- Graft versus host disease
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Neurotrophic keratopathy
- Chronic inflammatory conditions
- Limbal stem cell deficiency
- Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid
- Other corneal conditions
Why use a Scleral Lens?
If your current contact lenses cause you discomfort due to severe dry eye or an irregular cornea, then a scleral lens may be for you. Though this type of lens is beneficial to those with severe dry eyes, eyedrops and medication may still be required to manage your condition.
Similarly, if you cannot wear contacts due to certain eye conditions, you may be a good candidate for a scleral lens. Eye surgery patients could be a good candidate for a scleral lens.
Patients with refractive error may also benefit from a scleral lens.
A scleral lens could provide you with the comfort in your contact lens that you have been missing. Schedule an appointment to speak with your optometrist about a scleral lens, today!