For those with an irregular cornea, who cannot wear contact lenses, scleral contact lenses may be the solution you are looking for. In fact, scleral contacts offer the same advantages that RGP lenses do including sharper vision, durability, easier handling, and less risk of complications. They are called scleral lenses because, instead of covering only a portion of the cornea (like conventional RGP lenses), they cover the entire corneal surface and rest on the white of the eye. The sclera is the white part of the eye that surrounds the cornea.
What makes a scleral lens so special is the size. Because of their size, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth surface. This helps to correct vision caused by keratoconus and other corneal irregularities. Additionally, the space between the back surface of a scleral lens and the cornea acts as a fluid reservoir. As a result, it provides comfort for those with mild to severe dry eyes that otherwise would not be able to tolerate wearing contact lenses.
Generally speaking, anyone who wants to achieve the best vision possible can benefit from scleral contact lenses. But, scleral lenses are particularly helpful for those with dry eyes, irregular corneas, and hard-to-fit eyes. Scleral lenses typically will provide sharper vision, a more comfortable and secure fit, while acting as a tear reservoir to keep the front of your eye more moist and comfortable.
Whatever your vision challenge, it can most likely be met with an array of specialty contact lenses customized for your individual vision needs. Scleral lenses are custom-made to your exact specifications to provide you with the best possible vision, eye health and comfort. Contact us today at (805) 522-7007 to book a contact lens eye exam, or to learn more about our contact lens options.