Scleral Lenses

Scleral Lenses

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If you have ever tried to wear contact lenses in the past, but had difficulty with getting a good fit, scleral lenses might be your solution. There are many patients who were previously told that contact lenses were not a good fit for them. In these cases, they may benefit from the Scleral contact lenses.

What Are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are gas permeable, or rigid contact lenses that are larger in diameter than traditional lenses. The effects that they have on your vision are the same as other traditional contact lenses, but the larger diameter allows them to fit eye shapes that can't maintain the standard contact.

They are called scleral lenses because the larger diameter allows them to fit over the entire corneal surface and the edges lay on the white part of your eye, or the sclera. This allows the center surface of the contact to vault over the top of the cornea and provide you with a clear vision and a great fit.

Who Should Consider Scleral Lenses?

Scleral contact lenses are certainly not designed for everyone. If you can wear a standard gas permeable or soft contact lens, then you probably do not need to consider scleral lenses. However, if you cannot wear those types of lenses due to other issues, then scleral lenses may be right for you. The talented and knowledgeable staff at Professional Eye Care at Westar can help get you the right contact lens today.

Irregular Corneas –
Corneas that do not maintain the proper shape can affect how you see the world, and your ability to wear contact lenses. Keratoconus is the most common condition that would lead to an irregular shaped cornea. Scleral contact lenses effectively vault over the surface of the cornea so that you can see clearly, and the contacts do not slip or move.

Hard to Fit –
Many of our patients have tried to wear gas permeable lenses without success. Sometimes these lenses may fall out too frequently, or some activities can cause them to fall out. If this is the case for you, Scleral lenses could be the answer.

Dry Eyes
Traditional contact lenses might not help your dry eyes, but Scleral contact lenses can act like a reservoir to hold tears against your eye and keep it lubricated.

Corneal Scarring
Corneal scarring creates an opacity that can lead to an irregular shaped cornea and vision loss. Sometimes Scleral contact lenses can improve vision by creating a smooth surface


If you think that you may benefit from scleral contact lenses, contact Professional Eye Care at Westar today to schedule your consultation. We make it our business to help you see your world clearly.

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