If you’ve been told you can’t wear contact lenses, scleral contact lenses may provide an option for you. At Gold Canyon Eye Center, located in Gold Canyon, Arizona, Lars Carlson, OD, is one of the few optometrists in the state who can fit you with scleral contact lenses for conditions such as irregular corneas and dry eyes. To learn more about scleral contact lenses and if they’re right for you, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Scleral contact lenses rest on the white part of your eye, also known as the sclera. They’re larger than standard contact lenses and “vault” over the entire surface of your cornea. The design maintains a layer of fluid between the back of your lens and your cornea, which keeps your eyes hydrated.
Scleral lenses are less likely to become loose or fall out than standard contact lenses. They’re an option for many people who are unable to wear regular contact lenses. If you have “hard-to-fit” eyes, scleral lenses may still fit comfortably.
The optometrists at Gold Canyon Eye Center recommend scleral lenses to people with irregular corneas, as well as people who have:
Severe dry eyes caused by Sjogren's syndrome, graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)
High refractive error or astigmatism
Radial Keratotomy (RK)
Even if you don’t have a diagnosed eye condition, scleral contact lenses may help. Ask your eye doctor if scleral lenses may be right for you.
Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral contact lenses are customized for each patient. The team at Gold Canyon Eye Center has advanced training in fitting patients for scleral lenses.
To custom-fit you for your scleral lenses, the Gold Canyon Eye Center team creates a computerized map of your eye. The practice has a corneal topographer, which accurately diagnoses corneal disease. They also use optical coherence tomography, a type of noninvasive imaging test that precisely measures the surface of your eyes to ensure the best possible fit.
In addition to mapping your eye, your optometrist may apply lenses of different sizes and curvatures during the fitting process. They can adjust your lenses depending on how you respond to the trial lenses. It may take some trial and error, and multiple office visits, to find the lenses that are best for you.
Your optometrist provides instructions for handling and cleaning your scleral lenses. Some tips to ensure your eyes stay healthy and your lenses are comfortable includes:
Clean your lenses every night with an approved solution
Don’t put in preserved eye drops while wearing scleral lenses
Wait until your lenses are safely in your eyes before putting on makeup or face cream
Replace the lens application device at least once every three months
Remove your lenses if your eyes hurt or are uncomfortable
Let your eye doctor know if your vision becomes foggy or cloudy
To learn more about scleral contact lenses, call Gold Canyon Eye Center or schedule an appointment online today. You can also visit ScleralLens.Org for additional information.