Am I a Good Candidate for Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are not like other contacts on the market. These thin discs of plastics are rigid, gas-permeable (GP) lenses that are noticeably larger in diameter than the usual GP contacts. Unlike conventional contact lenses that are worn directly on the cornea, scleral lenses are designed to rest solely on the sclera. Hence the name. The sclera is the white part of your eye. It has considerably fewer nerve endings compared to the cornea. This means that it’s less sensitive, making scleral lenses much more comfortable to wear. Scleral lenses also vault over the entire cornea. This creates a fluid reservoir between the corneal surface and the lenses. This bank acts as a liquid bandage. It helps maintain corneal hydration, reducing discomfort associated with dry eye.


Who Are Good Candidates for Scleral Lenses?


Anyone who longs to attain the best vision possible by wearing contact lenses can be eligible for scleral lenses. But these lenses are particularly beneficial for those who have irregular corneas, refractive errors, or dry eyes.


Irregular Corneal Surface


The ideal candidates for scleral lenses are patients who suffer from corneal irregularity. These include astigmatism, keratoconus, and corneal scarring, to name a few. As you know, astigmatism is a type of refractive error caused by an irregularly shaped cornea. It generally results in eye strain, eye irritation, and headaches. Keratoconus occurs when the cornea thins, weakens, and bulges out into a cone shape. Like astigmatism, this condition also causes blurry, distorted vision. Corneal scars interfere with vision by obstructing or warping light when it enters the eye.


Ocular Surface Disorders (OSD)


The ocular surface includes several structures, including the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva, and lacrimal glands. Any disorder affecting these parts can be categorized as an OSD. It generally comprises dry eye syndrome, allergic eye diseases, chemical burns, and more. Scleral lenses are effective in managing ocular surface conditions. While the primary objective of wearing these lenses is to protect the ocular surface structures, studies show that it also improves visual acuity.


Hard-to-Fit Eyes


Did you want to wear contact lenses but found them rather uncomfortable then? Or maybe your eye doctor told you you are not an ideal candidate for these optical appliances? Either way, scleral lenses may be the answer you have been looking for. Some people struggle with wearing contacts comfortably due to their eye shape. If you are one of those whose one or both eyes are off in form, causing the lenses to dislodge or pop out easily, scleral lenses would be an excellent option for you. They offer greater stability, providing a much better fit for your eyes.


Scleral lenses address various eye problems, many of which don’t respond well to other treatments. Are you wondering whether you are an ideal candidate for these scleral lenses? Your best bet is to consult with a qualified eye doctor.


Find out if you are a good candidate for scleral lenses, contact Atlanta Eye Group in Kennesaw, Georgia, or Atlanta, Georgia at (770) 727-0772.

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