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Scleral Contact Lenses

If normal contacts aren’t getting you the results you need, you might benefit from learning about an alternative type of contacts known as a scleral lens. For more information about specialty contact lenses and our optometry services, call us at Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. We serve Lancaster, NH, Montpelier, VT, Littleton, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT.

Scleral Contact Lenses

What Are Scleral Contact Lenses?

A type of hard contact lens, scleral contacts are made larger than traditional soft lenses. They cover more than just your cornea and actually rest on the sclera (whites of your eyes). They are also gas-permeable. This allows oxygen to reach your cornea, which offers health advantages for your eyes.

Ultimately, scleral lenses can help correct refractive errors that normal lenses might not be able to, such as astigmatism and keratoconus. The larger shape also allows them to hold moisture near your eye better, making them a superior option for patients suffering from dry eyes.

When Are They Best?

The design of scleral lenses intends to overcome certain challenges that face soft lenses. In general, both types of lenses work for common eye conditions, including:

•             Myopia

•             Hyperopia

•             Astigmatism

•             Presbyopia

However, scleral lenses can correct more severe prescriptions that normal contacts can and can even correct keratoconus.

What Are the Drawbacks?

While scleral contact lenses are amazing in certain situations, they do have some drawbacks to consider. For starters, scleral lenses often cost more than their soft counterparts. Although they can greatly improve your quality of life, you may have to pay more out of pocket for the larger lenses.

Additionally, they might take some getting used to. That’s true for all contacts, but if you’re already acclimated to soft lenses, understand that there may be an adjustment period when you switch to scleral.

Get Scleral Contact Lenses, Eye Care, and Optometry Services from an Optometrist Near You

If scleral lenses sound promising to you, make an optometry appointment today. You can discuss all of your options with our optometry team to get the right eye care for you. We at Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. are conveniently located for patients in (603) 788-3561 Lancaster, NH, (802) 223-7723 Montpelier, VT, (603) 444-2484 Littleton, NH, and (802) 748-3536 St. Johnsbury, VT. Visit us for scleral contact lenses, eye care, and our optometry services from an optometrist near you.

Our Locations

Littleton, NH 03561

St Johnsbury, VT 05819

Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Lancaster, NH 03584

(603) 788-3561

(603) 444-2484

St. Johnsbury:
(802) 748-3536

(802) 223-7723