What are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are a type of contact lens that can provide relief and vision correction for individuals with corneal irregularities or dry eye syndrome. Unlike traditional contact lenses that sit on the cornea, scleral lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera (white part of the eye), creating a tear-filled reservoir that can help to protect and lubricate the cornea.
If you are considering scleral lenses, knowing what to expect during a scleral lens fitting appointment is important. Here is what to expect during a scleral lens appointment:
Your first appointment will typically involve a consultation with an eye care professional who specializes in fitting scleral lenses. During this appointment, you will discuss your eye health history, current eye symptoms, and reasons for considering scleral lenses. The eye doctor will also perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you are a good candidate for scleral lenses.
If it is determined that scleral lenses are a good option for you, the eye doctor will take measurements of your eye to ensure that the lenses fit properly. This may involve using a specialized instrument called a corneal topographer to map the shape of your eye.
Based on your eye measurements and other factors, the eye doctor will select the appropriate scleral lens size and design for your needs. Various types of scleral lenses are available, including lenses made of different materials and with different diameters and curvatures.
Once the lenses are selected, the eye doctor will have you try on a trial set of lenses to assess fit and comfort. You may be asked to wear the lenses for several hours or a few days to evaluate their effectiveness and to determine if any adjustments need to be made.
After the trial fitting period, the eye doctor will perform a final fitting to ensure that the scleral lenses are comfortable and provide optimal vision correction. This may involve making minor adjustments to the lenses or prescribing additional treatments, such as eye drops, to enhance the comfort and effectiveness of the lenses.
With proper care and maintenance, scleral lenses can provide long-lasting relief and improved vision for those who need it most. Book your appointment in Mount Airy today.