Scleral contact lenses are gas permeable lenses designed to rest on the sclera and vault over the entire corneal surface. The region between the backspace of a scleral lens and cornea acts as a liquid reservoir, offering comfort for individuals with serious dry eyes who cannot wear traditional soft contact lenses. These contact lenses can effectively treat corneal refractive errors, including those caused by keratoconus.
At Shippee Family Eye Care Center, we have years of experience providing residents of Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier with reliable eye care. Our optometrist will evaluate your vision to determine whether or not scleral contact lenses are right for you.
Scleral Contact Lenses for Keratoconus
Most ophthalmologists and optometrists recommend scleral lenses for a range of hard-to-fit eyes, as well as eyes with keratoconus. If you are experiencing primary keratoconus, normal GP lenses can be utilized. Since the scleral contact lenses are created to vault the corneal eye surface and relax on the less delicate sclera surface, these contact lenses are often more effective for an individual suffering from keratoconus.
Fitting Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are custom-designed for each client, and fitting them requires experience and precision. Normally, computerized contact lenses are produced to stimulate lens fitting, and several trial lenses with various curvatures and sizes might be used to determine what lens size you should be wearing.
Additionally, based on the complexity of the eye issue and the behavior of the individual eye while tolerating the sclera lens, lens adjustments might be required, which will need extra lenses to be designed and exchanged. The whole fitting procedure may require various visits to our clinic center at Lancaster for our optometrist to determine the suitable lens for each eye.
Optometry Services in St. Johnsbury, Montpelier, and Lancaster
If you believe you would benefit from wearing scleral contact lenses, the eye care professionals at Shippee Family Eye Care are ready to assist you. Our optometrist will evaluate the condition of your eyes, identify any underlying conditions, and provide treatment accordingly. For more information on our eye care services or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist, call us today or request an appointment online.