- What are Scleral Lenses?
- Who Wears Sclarel Lenses?
- The Prescription Process
- Scleral Lenses Pricing
- Can Specialty Lenses Improve Your Vision and Quality of Life?
Scleral Lenses Prescription and Fitting With Our Chicago Eye Doctor Team
Many people are surprised to learn that contact lenses aren’t “one size fits all.” In fact, there are several different types of contacts—including scleral lenses–which can comfortably fit the eyes of people who can’t tolerate typical lenses.
At Eye Society, we prescribe scleral lenses to many of our patients with great success.
Could these lenses be the solution to your eye care needs?
What Are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses, also called scleral contact lens, are large-diameter contacts whose edges rest on the sclera–the white part of the eye. Their size ranges from 14mm to 24mm.
The sclera contact lens creates a tear-filled vault over the cornea to help keep the eye lubricated. Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable contact lenses.
Being gas permeable (or oxygen permeable) allows oxygen to pass through to your cornea. The scleral contact lenses are rigid (“hard”), which means they’re durable, long-lasting, and less prone to popping out.
As a result, scleral lenses are an excellent treatment option for dry eye and other conditions when alternative forms of treatment fail.
Who Wears Scleral Lenses?
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.
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) and enters the eye. Therefore, scleral lenses can be a good alternative to refractive surgery if that’s recommended.
Optometrists may also prescribe scleral lenses for people who have undergone eye surgery, including corneal transplants and LASIK. That’s right, scleral lenses are safe for people who have had a LASIK procedure.
To summarize, scleral lenses can correct and help treat the following conditions:
- Dry Eye
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
- Farsightedness (hyperopia)
- Near vision difficulty with age (presbyopia)
Scleral Lenses for Astigmatism
Astigmatism is a common eye condition associated with an imperfectly shaped cornea. In most cases, eye glasses or regular contact lenses will work to correct the issue.
Irregular astigmatism, however, means that your vision is distorted in a way that can’t be helped with regular eye glasses or contact lenses.
Scleral lenses are a great non-surgical option for people with irregular astigmatism because the lenses maintain their shape by resting on the white of the eye rather than molding to any imperfections of the cornea shape.
Scleral Lenses for Athletes
For athletes or those who are often participating in active sports, scleral contact lenses can be a great choice. These lenses are made from a thick and flexible material that fits perfectly to the shape of the eye.
This special design allows them to stay in place even during intense sports activities, providing superior vision without any blurring or discomfort due to dryness.
In addition, many people struggle with astigmatism while playing sports which can make it harder to track objects accurately. With scleral contacts, this issue can be solved since these lenses provide superior optics which reduce unwanted aberrations caused by irregularly shaped corneas or highly curved surfaces.
Not only do they give better clarity of vision but because these lenses cover a larger area on the eye than regular contacts, they generally improve peripheral vision too!
Finally, scleral contact lenses are also beneficial for people with dry eyes as they provide moisture and help keep discomfort at bay throughout the course of wear.
With these specialized contacts, your child will stay comfortable throughout wear and enjoy improved performance when playing sports or engaging in other activities requiring visual acuity.
Scleral Lenses Price
You might be wondering, what is the range of costs for scleral lenses?
Including appointments, fittings, and examinations, the average cost for scleral lenses can be anywhere from $1,500-$4,000 per lens.
At Eye Society, the average cost for Scleral Lenses is $2,500 which includes the fitting.
They are typically three to four times more expensive than regular contact lenses because they are custom-fitted, and may need to help correct a variety of eye issues.
So can you personally buy scleral lenses? For medical purposes, the answer is no. Because these lenses are custom fit, scleral lenses can not be bought out of the box or online.
The best place to buy scleral lenses is from a qualified optician or ophthalmologist. You want to make sure that you get the right lenses so that they fit properly and provide the best vision quality.
Therefore, you will need a prescription and professional assistance for getting a proper scleral lens fitting. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Mago today to get a prescription and determine a more exact cost for your scleral lenses.
The Prescription Process
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.
Fitting Scleral Lenses
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!
Can Scleral Contact Lenses Improve Your Vision and Quality of Life?
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:
Streeterville Location: (312) 640-2405
Chicago Loop Location: (312) 631-3247.
We offer comprehensive adult and pediatric eye exams for people of all ages and with all vision needs.
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