What is a Scleral Lens?
A scleral lens is a type of contact lens that can provide either vision correction or therapeutic benefits for patients who suffer from ocular surface diseases such as dry eye. It is a large, hard contact that sits on the whites of your eye – the sclera – rather than directly on your cornea. Patients who have trouble with traditional soft or hard lenses are often able to benefit from scleral lenses.
How Do Scleral Lenses Work?
It’s a bit like putting a new “perfect front” on the eye. A regular, soft contact lens lays on the cornea like a sheet on a table, so it takes the same shape as the your eye. When you have unusual corneal anatomy, there can be aspects of your vision that aren’t adequately corrected by traditional lenses. With the newest technology in scleral lenses, we are able to fit even the most unusual eyes with lenses that are healthy, comfortable, and provide excellent vision.