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Many people are surprised to learn that contact lenses aren't "one size fits all." In fact, there are several different types of contacts—many of which can comfortably fit the eyes of people who can't tolerate typical lenses. At Eye Society, our Chicago eye doctor staff prescribes scleral lenses to many of our patients with great success. Could these lenses be the solution to your eye care needs?
The sclera is the white part of your eye. Scleral lenses are large-diameter contacts whose edges actually rest directly on the sclera itself. These lenses are gas-permeable and rigid.
For many people with chronic dry eyes, keratoconus (abnormally shaped corneas), or astigmatism, regular contacts are not comfortable nor effective. Scleral lenses can be a great option for these folks. Here's why:
Scleral lenses rest on the less-sensitive whites of the eyes, rather than directly on the cornea (unlike smaller lenses). Because of this, scleral lenses create a large fluid-filled reservoir between the lens and the cornea. This improves the way light refracts (bends) into the eye and also improves eye comfort for the wearer.
Optometrists may also prescribe scleral lenses for people who have undergone eye surgery, including corneal transplants and LASIK.
Our Chicago optometrist, Dr. Tanvi Mago, has extensive experience with scleral lenses and other types of hard-to-fit contacts. She believes that anyone who wants to enjoy the vision-boosting benefits of contacts should have access to comfortable, affordable, and effective options.
To fit you with scleral lenses, first Dr. Mago will thoroughly examine the external surface of your eye as well as the internal anatomy and your vision. She may also go over your family and medical history and run additional tests to rule in diagnoses which may benefit from scleral lenses.
Scleral lenses are customized to fit the individual wearer's eyes, so Dr. Mago may require a few follow-ups to ensure optimal fit, comfort, and effectiveness. She'll also teach you how to clean, don, and doff your contacts so you'll leave her office feeling confident and seeing the world more clearly!
If you'd like to speak with our doctor of optometry about scleral lenses or any other element of vision and eye care, contact Eye Society now at (312) 640-2405, or try us at our Loop clinic on West Wacker Drive at (312) 631-3247. We offer comprehensive adult and pediatric eye exams for people of all ages and with all vision needs. Call today!
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