What Are the Benefits of Scleral Lenses?

Dr. Russel Lazarus, November 12, 2021

Scleral lenses are an excellent choice for patients with corneal conditions and dry eye syndrome.

Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses specially designed for patients with corneal irregularities and other eye conditions that make contact lens wear difficult.

What makes scleral lenses so unique?

Larger size 

Scleral lenses are larger in diameter (19-24mm) than standard contact lenses (14-16mm), allowing them to vault over the sensitive cornea and rest on the white part of the eye (sclera).

Their large size makes them more comfortable and more stable on the eye, not to mention easier to handle.

Promote healing 

Scleral lenses are designed to provide continuous hydration and dry eye relief.

Prior to insertion, nourishing solution or lubricating eye drops are applied to the “bowl” of the scleral lens, creating a reservoir of fluid between the lens and cornea. This fluid filled reservoir offers an ideal environment for healing following corneal injury or surgery, as well as for the relief of dry eye symptoms.

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Dry eye relief

Standard contact lenses can exacerbate dry eye symptoms and even make contact lens wear impossible.

Scleral lenses are ideal for dry eye sufferers, as they offer continuous hydration for a more comfortable wear, while promoting healing and an overall reduction of dry eye symptoms.

Ideal for hard-to-fit eyes

Scleral lenses vault over the cornea, avoiding direct contact at all times. This makes them an excellent choice for people with keratoconus or other corneal conditions and sensitivities, as well as for people with high astigmatism.

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If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, or have been told that standard contact lenses will not help to correct your vision, speak with an eye doctor near you about scleral lenses.

Scleral lenses are provided by specific eye doctors and have many advantages over traditional soft and hard contact lenses.

If you have been told you cannot wear contact lenses, scleral lenses might be the solution you have been searching for.