Scleral Contact Lenses at Shippee Family Eye Care
Even with the amazing features of state-of-the-art corneal contact lenses, there are times when some individuals need a different corrective solution for their particular vision issues. At the same time, however, they would still like to have contact lenses if at all possible. It is indeed possible when you visit Shippee Family Eye Care, serving Lancaster, St. Johnsbury and Montpelier. We can look back to an older type of contact lenses known as scleral contact lenses to help many of our patients get the corrective results and comfort they seek.
What Are Scleral Contact Lenses?
Today's standard contact lenses are designed to sit on top of the cornea of the eye. This minimalist design provides a nice combination of everyday comfort and visual correction of refractive errors such as hyperopia, myopia, mild astigmatism and presbyopia. Unfortunately, some people's eyes just aren't well suited to corneal contacts. Examples of complicating circumstances include:
- Keratoconus - In this condition, a weakness in the corneal tissue causes the cornea to become cone-shaped instead of maintaining the usual spherical contours. Corneal contacts cannot rest evenly of such irregular corneas.
- Severe astigmatism - This is another case in which severely irregular corneas make a poor "resting place" for standard corneal contacts.
- Dry eye - Some dry eye sufferers find that corneal contacts make their dryness and irritation even worse. The simple fact that the contacts are sitting on relatively unprotected corneal tissue can cause discomfort.
Scleral contact lenses literally vault over these problems. These lenses don't rest on the corneas at all; they rest on the whites of the eyes (the sclera) and span the corneas without ever touching them. This allows them to correct vision even for people with keratoconus or severe astigmatism. They also provide their own reservoir for eye moisture, helping dry eye sufferers with their symptoms.
Our Optometrist Can Fit You With Scleral Contacts
Our optometrist, Dr. Shippee, will be happy to administer a contact lens exam to see what kind of contacts will work best with your eyes. If you're a good candidate for scleral contacts, we can fit you with these specialized lenses. In addition to full-sized scleral lenses, we can also provide slightly smaller designs known as mini-scleral or corneoscleral lenses. We will advise you on the best overall selection to support your comfort and visual clarity.
Your Trusted Optometry Center for Lancaster, St. Johnsbury and Montpelier
Sharper, clearer vision awaits you at Shippee Family Eye Care, your trusted optometry center for Lancaster, St. Johnsbury and Montpelier. Call any of our locations to schedule eye/vision testing and a contact lens exam!