Scleral Lenses: The Revolutionary Contact Lens Technology Providing Incredible Comfort and Visual Clarity

If you have ever been told that you are not a candidate for contact lenses, your practitioner may not have been trained in the fitting of scleral lenses. Scleral lenses are specialty contact lenses used to fit any patient but are especially useful in patients with dry eyes, irregular corneas, corneal grafts, keratoconus, high amounts of astigmatism and post-LASIK patients.

What are scleral lenses?

Scleral lenses are specialized custom contact lenses that make contact lens use possible for many people for the first time – and they have many advantages over normal contact lenses, including fit, comfort, and visual acuity.

A scleral lens gets its name because it sits on the sclera, or the white part of the eye, rather than the cornea (the clear dome, over the coloured part of the eye). Because a scleral lens sits on the sclera, it stays off the more sensitive areas of the eye. Friction and discomfort are virtually eliminated.

The vaulted dome design of scleral lenses offers unique advantages over traditional contact lens design. Scleral lenses move around much less than regular contacts, making them superior for physical activity, with far less irritation.

The unique shape also provides a smooth replacement corneal surface, improving vision for people with corneal scarring or corneal irregularities due to LASIK eye surgery complications, keratoconus, or other eye conditions.

The design of the lens creates a pocket of space between the eye and the lens. The lens is filled with lubricating saline solution before insertion, providing hydration and comfort all day long. The size of the lens means that your eyes are more protected from debris, dust, and other allergens, providing a good solution for someone that also suffers from eye allergies.

Scleral lenses for legal blindness

Our eye doctors have helped many patients who were once legally blind due to their corneal scarring, regain excellent vision after being properly fit with scleral lenses.

Scleral lenses for severe dry eye

People suffering from severe dry eye can find therapeutic benefits from transitioning to custom designed scleral lenses. Sclerals keep the cornea moisturized and protected while minimizing irritation to the eyelids and the rest of the eye.

Scleral contacts for astigmatism

Scleral lenses are extremely effective at correcting high astigmatism and irregular astigmatism. Because of their rigidity, scleral lenses can correct astigmatism to allow for excellent vision.

Presbyopia and high prescriptions

Scleral contacts are an ideal option for anyone with severely nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. For presbyopia patients, scleral contacts can be designed as multifocal contacts to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness. Because scleral lenses are firmly positioned on the eye and do not move as soft contact lenses do, they provide unmatchable comfort compared to standard multifocal lenses.

Scleral lenses are custom fit for your eyes

Our doctors fit custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. Based on these measurements, a scleral lens is customized to ensure maximum comfort and acuity. Scleral lenses are crafted using microscopic adjustments for an ideal fit. Plus, our office uses the latest technology to ensure the highest level of care and precision in developing each scleral lens.