Did you know there are certain conditions of the eye that make a person hard to fit for contact lenses? Scleral lenses are one of the more common types of contact lenses that are designed for people who are hard to fit for contacts. Dr. Nicholas Lawrence at Eye Care Associates specializes in scleral contact lens fitting and can help you get the proper vision correction that you need.
What Is a Scleral Contact Lens?
Conventional soft contact lenses fit over your cornea. Scleral lenses are different. These lenses sit on the white portions of your eye, known as the sclera. The part of the lens that contains your prescription vaults over the cornea, so that the lens doesn't come into contact with the cornea.
Who Can Benefit From Scleral Contacts?
Scleral contacts are designed for patients with irregularly shaped corneas. Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to bulge into a cone-shape, making it impossible to wear conventional contact lenses. These lenses are also beneficial for patients who suffer from dry eye. Conventional soft contacts can cause the eyes to dry out, making the symptoms worse. Because scleral contacts don't come into contact with the cornea, they won't dry the eye out as quickly, making them a great option.
Patients with astigmatism can also benefit from scleral contact lenses. Many people with astigmatism are prescribed a toric contact lens; however, there are a few ways that scleral contacts are more beneficial.
- Better visual acuity: Because scleral contacts are customized and provide more stability, patients with a high toric prescription can get better visual acuity with these contacts than they would with a traditional toric lens.
- More comfortable: Because scleral contacts are custom fit for each patient, they are more comfortable than a traditional toric lens.
- Improved corneal health: Because of the way these lenses fit, they are better for the cornea. Conventional soft lenses can cause infections and irritation if something gets under the lens. Because scleral lenses don't sit directly on the cornea, infections and irritation are less common.
Are Scleral Lenses Right For You?
If you think that you can benefit from scleral contact lenses, call Eye Care Associates today at (330) 746-7691 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Lawrence. We have offices in Youngstown, Warren, and Poland, making it convenient for patients to find quality eye care. Dr. Nicholas Lawrence will examine your eyes to determine if you are a good candidate for scleral lenses. If you are, we will fit you with a pair of contacts that will comfortably improve your vision.