Scleral Lenses After Laser Surgery

Dr. Russel Lazarus, February 11, 2021
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Have you had laser eye surgery and are now experiencing post-surgery complications? 

If you have had laser eye surgery but still have blurry vision, scleral lenses could be the solution.

If you are having post-laser surgery complications and still require eyewear to fully correct your vision, your sensitive cornea may not be able to tolerate soft contact lenses anymore. Thankfully, scleral lenses are uniquely designed to correct vision problems while promoting corneal healing.

If you are experiencing post-laser surgery complications, the ‘Find an Eye Doctor’ directory provides a list of eye doctors near you that may provide scleral lenses for clear and comfortable vision.

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What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a common procedure that is performed to eliminate the need for corrective eyewear.

The are many benefits to have laser eye surgery over wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. Laser eye surgeries, such as LASIK, PRK and SMILE are common procedures that alter the shape of the cornea for the correction of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

While up to 98 percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision with laser eye surgery, post surgical complications can still occur. 

The most common post-laser surgery complication is called corneal ectasia.

This condition is characterized by a corneal distortion or irregularity that causes the cornea to weaken and bulge.

Surgical complications that lead to corneal ectasia can lead to vision problems which can no longer be corrected with soft contact lenses.

Attempting to wear soft contact lenses with corneal ectasia can be extremely painful and even cause further corneal damage to your already sensitive cornea. Moreover, an irregularly shaped cornea will often cause contact lenses to easily dislodge from the eye.

As a result, eye doctors recommend specialized contact lenses called scleral lenses for vision correction following laser eye surgery.

Scleral lenses are the ideal option for clear and comfortable vision when corneal ectasia and other post-laser surgery complications occur. 

What are scleral lenses?

Scleral lenses are customized rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses that are larger in diameter than standard contact lenses. These lenses are designed to vault over the cornea, instead of resting directly on its surface.

Scleral lenses are commonly prescribed for dry eye or other corneal conditions.

By arching over the cornea, scleral lenses create a dome-like space between the cornea and the contact lens that acts as a liquid reservoir. This liquid reservoir provides constant hydration to protect the cornea, promote healing post laser surgery and increase comfort for all-day contact lens wear.

Scleral lenses contain a rigid surface with a personalized fit— enabling sharper visual acuity than standard soft contact lenses, with a high level of comfort.

Scleral lenses are the preferred contact lens option for corneal ectasia, as they correct astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia, and are both safe and comfortable to wear post-laser surgery.

For sharp, clear and comfortable vision following laser surgery, speak to your eye doctor about scleral lenses.