What Are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are contact lenses that overcome many of the limitations of traditional contact lenses and glasses. They offer unmatched vision correction for people of all visual ability and are especially adept at tackling tougher vision problems with grace and ease. They are also highly regarded for their overall comfort and long wearing times.
Who Are Scleral Lenses For?
Scleral lenses are for anyone who wants better vision and comfort than they are currently getting with soft contacts or glasses. While it is true that sclerals are often used by people who have conditions such as keratoconus and dry eye, it's also true that many wearers do so simply for the vastly improved vision and comfort.
What Conditions Do Scleral Lenses Manage?
- KeratoconusKeratoconus occurs when your cornea thins and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape, causing blurry, distorted vision.
- Post LASIKPost laser eye surgery or laser vision correction for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
- Dry EyeDry eye occurs when tears aren't able to provide adequate moisture. The eye may become dry, red, and inflamed causing discomfort and sensitivity to light.
- Corneal TraumaCorneal injury describes an injury to the cornea and may be caused by chemical irritation, abrasion, infections, sunlight and more.
- Corneal EctasiaCorneal ectasia occurs when the inner layers of your cornea become weak, causing the cornea to protrude forward and distort your vision.
- Corneal Transplant A surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by donated corneal tissue, also known as corneal grafting.
Do I Need Scleral Lenses?
If you're currently unhappy with the level of vision and/or comfort you are currently experiencing then sclerals may be a good fit for you. Not all doctors specialize in scleral lenses so we've put together a scleral lens doctor locator on this website. If you've tried other methods to improve your vision but still aren't satisfied the Custom Stable scleral lens may be the solution.
Are Scleral Lenses Better Than Glasses?
Scleral lenses boast superior optics, when compared to glasses, and can be worn by many all day long. They also have the advantage that they are on eye, out of the way, and protect against dust and allergens where as glasses simply cannot. In cases of corneal irregularity such as Keratoconus or severe dry eye and sensitivity, scleral lenses are often the only viable option.