What are scleral contact lenses and who are they for?
A scleral lens rests on the white part of the eye called the conjunctiva which is a layer of tissue above the sclera. Scleral contacts are known for their comfort as they do not touch the cornea.
The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped window that provides 2/3 of the eye’s focusing power. It also has more nerve endings than anywhere else in the body making it extremely sensitive. If you have cornea ectasia you may be unable to achieve clear vision with soft contacts or glasses. Cornea ectasia is a term used for conditions that cause thinning and distortion of the cornea shape. Some of the more common cornea ectasias include keratoconus, keratoglobus, pellucid marginal degeneration and post corneal surgery/corneal transplant. A large diameter scleral lens masks the ectasia by providing a new front surface of the eye that results in clear vision.
Scleral contacts can also be used in severe dry eye, Sjogrens, graft vs. host disease and patients with high refractive error/astigmatism.
At Gold Canyon Eye Center we are excited to have the newest technology to help our doctors care for our patients. In addition to our corneal topographer that helps us diagnose corneal disease, we also have an OCT (optical coherence tomography) that assists the doctors in fitting specialty contact lenses. The OCT allows the doctors to check the edge of the lens and clearance from the cornea in microns to help ensure the best fit possible.
We are located in the East Valley of Arizona and have been blessed to have patients from all over the state as well as New Mexico visit us for specialty contacts. The doctors not only fit scleral contacts but also Synergeyes hybrid lenses, Rose K and piggy-back lenses. Each patient is unique, thus after a thorough examination the doctors will help find the best solution to fit your needs.
Our doctors are specialized in scleral lens fittings. If you are interested in learning more about how scleral contact lenses can help you please call our office for an appointment.