Scleral Lenses

Scleral contact lenses provide clear and comfortable vision, while protecting and healing the cornea.

Irregularly shaped corneas, such as in keratoconus, past corneal surgery, or previous injury to the cornea, shift the light entering the eye in a manner that standard corrective lenses or glasses cannot focus into a clear image.  Scleral lenses counteract the shape of the cornea by creating what is called a tear lens. Scleral lenses are larger in diameter than standard rigid contact lenses in order to accommodate a “fluid chamber” between itself and the cornea.  This “fluid chamber” is the tear lens.  The tear lens and the optical quality of its material allow for a scleral lens to provide superior visual acuity.

Additionally, and of equal importance, scleral lenses provide comfort comparable to, and in some cases, superior to soft contact lenses. Unlike standard rigid contact lenses, scleral lenses are not prone to shifting or “popping” out of place. 

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Scleral lenses vault the cornea and land on the sclera, or the white of the eye, being similar in diameter to a soft contact lens.

Scleral lenses not only provide clear and comfortable vision; they can protect and heal the cornea as well. These lenses are never in contact with the corneal surface, therefore, they do not increase the risk of corneal scarring in keratoconus patients as do other corrective lens options.  Patients suffering from severe dry eye, particularly in Sjogren’s syndrome or graft versus host disease (GVHD), have found relief and corneal healing with the use of scleral lenses.

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Scleral contact lenses are never in contact with the corneal surface.

Widely utilized in the past as an alternative for correcting vision, scleral lenses are now becoming the lens of choice for providing the clearest vision possible for our patients. Additionally, they are finding a place in the care of ocular surface diseases such as dry eye. Our optometrists have had specialized training for successfully fitting scleral lenses. If you have not enjoyed the vision and comfort you desire in hard or soft contact lenses, please call our office today at (407) 313-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our trained fitting specialists.