Why Use Scleral Lenses for Dry Eyes?

Dr. Russel Lazarus, August 22, 2021

With scleral lenses you can say goodbye to dry eyes!

When your eyes are red, dry, itchy and sore, finding an instant and long lasting cure can be difficult.

Rest assured, treatments for dry eye syndrome do exist. From eye drops, ointments and gels to specialized in-office treatments, there are a range of effective options out there.

Scleral lenses are uniquely designed to provide long lasting relief for chronic or severe dry eye symptoms.

Here are the top 6 reasons why you should consider scleral lenses:

Constant hydration 

Scleral lenses are dome-shaped, gas permeable lenses that are uniquely designed to arch over the cornea and sit on the sclera of the eye.

Their dome-shape creates a ‘bowl’ within the lens which is filled with saline solution, artificial tears or medicated eye drops prior to insertion.

The liquid reservoir provides constant hydration to the eye and relief from dry eye symptoms.

Custom design

Traditional contact lenses sit on the cornea and can therefore make contact lens wear difficult for people with dry eye syndrome or corneal irregularities or conditions. 

Scleral lenses are custom designed to sit on the sclera, the white part of the eye, for a more comfortable experience.

If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, contact an eye doctor near you to find out if you can benefit from scleral lenses.

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Chronic or severe dry eye syndrome can increase the risk of corneal injuries and infections. Even something as simple as blinking can scratch or damage a dry cornea.

Scleral lenses protect the cornea by providing a constant shield, thereby reducing the risk of complications and vision loss.

Improved appearance

Dry eyes can cause the eyes to appear red or bloodshot. Scleral lenses provide constant moisture and hydration to the eye.

The lenses will not only relieve dry eye, but also enhance the appearance of the eyes by reducing redness.

Long lasting relief

Living with dry eye syndrome can impact your quality of life.

The symptoms of dry eye can be debilitating at times and disrupt your daily functioning.

Scleral lenses have been proven to provide long lasting relief from dry eye syndrome, as they not only reduce symptoms while they are worn, but promote healing from the condition itself.

The clear and comfortable vision you will experience while wearing scleral lenses can significantly improve your quality of life.

Your eyes will not only feel better, but they will look better too!

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If you are searching for long lasting relief from dry eye syndrome, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor near you to learn more about scleral lenses and find out if they are right for you!

Successful treatments for dry eye syndrome are available from most eye doctors, and range from eye drops, ointments and gels to in-office treatments and scleral contact lenses.