Understanding Scleral Lenses: A Lifeline for Dry Eye Sufferers

Jul 1, 2024 | Dry Eye Syndrome

People who have dry eye can experience discomfort, irritation, and a decline in their overall quality of life. Fortunately, there is a solution that can provide significant relief: scleral contact lenses. In this blog, we’ll explore what scleral lenses are, how they work, and why they can be a great option for those struggling with dry eye. 

What are scleral lenses? 

Scleral lenses are designed to cover the entire cornea and rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye. Unlike traditional contact lenses, which sit directly on the cornea, scleral lenses vault over the cornea, creating a fluid-filled reservoir between the lens and the eye’s surface. This unique design provides several benefits, particularly for people who have dry eye. 

How do scleral lenses help with dry eye? 

  • Hydration: The fluid-filled reservoir created by scleral lenses keeps the cornea continuously hydrated, offering significant relief from dryness and discomfort. This hydration barrier helps maintain moisture on the eye’s surface, reducing dry eye symptoms. 
  • Protection: Scleral lenses protect the cornea from environmental factors such as wind, dust, and pollutants. By acting as a shield, these lenses help minimize irritation and prevent further dryness. 
  • Stability: Because scleral lenses rest on the sclera, they are more stable and less likely to move around compared to traditional contact lenses. This stability ensures consistent vision correction and comfort throughout the day. 
  • Enhanced vision: For people who have irregular corneas due to conditions like keratoconus or scarring, scleral lenses provide a smooth optical surface, significantly improving vision quality. This is an added benefit for those who also suffer from dry eye. 

Getting fitted for scleral lenses  

Scleral lenses are customized for the person who will be wearing them. The process of getting fitted for scleral lenses involves a comprehensive eye exam and a detailed assessment of your corneal shape and eye health. At Vision Center Ltd. in Shelton, CT, and Waterbury Eye Associates in Waterbury, CT, our experienced optometrists use advanced technology to ensure a precise fit, providing you with the best possible comfort and vision correction. 

If you suffer from dry eye and have not found relief with other treatments, scleral lenses may be the solution you’ve been looking for. These innovative lenses offer unparalleled hydration, protection, and comfort, significantly improving the quality of life for those with dry eye. Schedule an eye exam to explore whether scleral lenses are right for you. 

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