If you are tired of relying on wearing glasses to see correctly, you should consider getting contact lenses. There are some people who are difficult to fit for contacts. If you are one of these people, you should understand that there are contact lenses that are designed for people who cannot wear traditional contacts. They are called scleral lenses. Our eye doctors at Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates in Allentown can fit you with scleral lenses that will work for your eyes.
What Are the Benefits of Scleral Lenses?
There are a few benefits associated with these larger diameter lenses. They include:
- Sharper vision
- More durability
- They are easier to handle
- Less risk of complications and infection
How Do Scleral Lenses Differ from Traditional Lenses?
Traditional contact lenses fit right over the ball of your eye. Scleral lenses are different. They fit on a portion of your cornea rather than over your whole cornea. They vault over the surface of your cornea, and they rest on the white part of your eye which is called the sclera.
Who is a Good Candidate for Scleral Lenses?
Anyone can be a good candidate for scleral lenses; however, there are certain conditions our optometrists see that make this type of lens the best option:
- Irregular Corneas: If you have an irregular shaped cornea, scleral lenses could be your best option. An irregular cornea can occur naturally. Keratoconus and eye surgery can also cause your corneas to be shaped irregularly.
- Hard-to-Fit Eyes: Scleral lenses are great for hard-to-fit eyes. They will provide a more secure and more comfortable fit.
- Dry Eyes: Scleral lenses are great for people with dry eye. In fact, they can actually treat the condition. There will be a space between the back of the lens and your cornea. This will act as a tear reservoir to keep the front of your eye moist.
What Are the Different Types of Scleral Lenses?
If you are thinking about getting scleral lenses, our eye doctor can help you figure out which one would be the best for your eyes. The different types include:
- Corneo-Scleral Lenses: These lenses are much larger than your typical gas permeable lens. They rest near where your sclera and your cornea meet.
- Mini-Scleral Lenses: These lenses vault over the surface of your cornea and they lest on the anterior of your sclera.
- Full Scleral Lenses: These are the largest type of scleral lens available. Of all the scleral lenses, these provide the most space between the back surface of the lens and the cornea.
Our Experts in Optometry Can Find the Perfect Lenses for You
If you think that scleral lenses would be your best option, you should make an appointment with Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates in Allentown. One of our optometrists will perform an eye care exam and then a contact lens exam. If you are interested in hearing more about scleral lenses, you should speak with one of our doctors of optometry.