Contact lenses can help people enjoy clearer vison, however, some may not be able to wear traditional contact lenses. The lenses may cause discomfort or might not properly fit your eyes properly due to your eye shape. When you visit Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada, CO, our optometrist can perform an eye exam and determine if scleral lenses would suit your condition. To learn more about these lenses, we invite you to keep reading!
What Are Scleral Lenses?
To fully understand how scleral lenses help, it’s important to understand traditional contacts. Regular contact lenses lie directly on the cornea, which can cause discomfort for some. This is especially true for those with an irregularly-shaped cornea and the lenses may not be helpful for patients with dry eye.
Scleral lenses are designed differently than regular contact lenses. Since scleral lenses are larger and vaulted, these lenses are made to cover the white part of the eye. This part also has fewer nerve endings and acts as a fluid reservoir. The specific design of the lenses helps even those with irregularly-shaped corneas or dry eye feel comfortable while wearing the contacts.
Who Can Benefit from Scleral Lenses?
Many people who need prescription contacts find traditional contact lenses helpful. However, some may need scleral lenses to improve their vision. Scleral lenses can help with the following:
- Refractive errors
- Dry eye syndrome
- Irregularly shaped corneas
- Ocular surface disease
People who have had LASIK surgery or other procedures for their cornea may also find scleral lenses beneficial. It’s also important to note that scleral lenses can help even if you may not have an eye condition or refractive error. Since these contacts have a vaulted design, the lenses can help keep your eyes lubricated. Along with that, the contacts can provide moisture and alleviate symptoms for those who suffer from dry eye syndrome.
The best way to determine if scleral lenses are a good choice for you is to visit our optometrists. We will perform an eye exam, which will address any possible conditions and help us determine which treatment would be best for you.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If you suffer from dry eye or a disease that prevents you from wearing traditional contact lenses, our team at Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada, CO, can help. We provide scleral contact lenses, which may be more suited for your condition and will help you enjoy clear vision. Call our office today at (303) 424-5282 to schedule your appointment!