Scleral lenses are a modern day miracle for those who want the best vision possible and who may not be able to wear conventional lenses or glasses.
The world's most advanced contact lens.
At Orbit we specialize in scleral contact lenses and we fit these on a regular basis for our patients. In recent years, scleral lenses have improved to allow an extremely high level of visual satisfaction for many patients.
Anyone who wants the best in vision clarity, long-term health and comfort should seriously consider custom made sclerals. There is nothing that compares to them. If you've had trouble wearing contacts for any reason in the past — or you've been told you are not a good candidate for contacts because of a medical or surgical eye condition — scleral lenses may be the solution you are looking for.
A LENS THAT DOESN'T TOUCH YOUR CORNEA
What's most incredible about scleral lenses is that they don't actually touch your cornea (clear front window of the eye.)
Sharper vision compared to any other lens
Long lasting durability 3-5 years
Extremely comfortable and healthy to wear
Less risk of complications
They are called "scleral" lenses because, instead of covering only a portion of the cornea (like conventional GP lenses), these large GP lenses vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the "white" of the eye (the sclera).
Because of their size, scleral lenses are more stable on the eye than conventional GP lenses — so they are less likely to accidentally dislodge from the eye. This stability also can make them more comfortable than conventional GP lenses; scleral lenses provide initial comfort similar to soft lenses, especially for sensitive eyes or irregularly shaped corneas.
TYPES OF SCLERAL LENSES
There are three categories of scleral lenses, based on size and where the lenses have their primary contact with the front surface of the eye:
Corneo-scleral lenses and semi-scleral lenses are much larger larger than conventional GP lenses and rest near the junction between the cornea and the sclera.
Mini-scleral lenses vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the anterior sclera.
Full scleral lenses are the largest scleral lenses and provide the greatest amount of clearance between the back surface of the lens and the cornea.
All modern scleral lenses are made with highly breathable, rigid gas permeable lens materials. So though scleral lenses cover the entire cornea, plenty of oxygen reaches the front surface of the eye to keep it healthy and comfortable.
ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Generally, anyone interested in achieving the best vision possible with contact lenses can be a candidate for scleral lenses. But scleral lenses are particularly helpful for the following conditions:
Irregular corneas. Vision problems caused by an irregularly shaped cornea — whether naturally occurring, due to an eye condition such as keratoconus, or resulting from eye surgery — typically cannot be fully corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses. Scleral lenses typically will provide sharper vision for these eyes.
Hard-to-fit eyes. If your eyes cannot be comfortably fitted with conventional GP lenses or the shape of your eye causes the lenses to dislodge too easily from your eyes (during sports, for example), scleral lenses can provide a more comfortable and secure fit.
Dry eyes. If your eyes are too dry for conventional contact lenses, scleral lenses can help. In particular, the generous space between the back surface of full scleral lenses and the cornea acts as a tear reservoir to keep the front of your eye more moist and comfortable.
High quality vision can be life-changing when your ability to perform simple tasks effectively is reduced. Why not make an appointment to speak with one of our lens practitioners?