Learn More About Scleral Contact Lenses with Henderson Eye Center
At Henderson Eye Center in Henderson, TX, we know how important it is for you to see properly. That is why we offer a fantastic service providing scleral contact lenses to individuals who cannot wear normal contact lenses. Scleral contact lenses large-diameter lenses that are gas permeable. They are special contact lenses that are designed to cover the corneal surface, resting on the sclera and creating a totally smooth optical surface. That means that these lenses can help you see much better.
What Medical Issues Will Scleral Contact Lenses Address?
Scleral contacts address eye problems such as:
- Corneal irregularities
- Severe irregular astigmatism
- Sjogren's syndrome
- Graft-versus-host disease
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
Special contact lenses like these may be used when contact lenses will be needed after LASIK surgery or corneal refractive surgery.
How Do Scleral Contact Lenses Feel?
Scleral lenses are much larger than traditional contact lenses. The smallest are approximately 14.5 mm, whereas the largest are around 24 mm. A conventional lens covers approximately 9 to 9.5 mm of the eye and around 75 to 80 percent of the cornea.
Although they are large in diameter, these contact lenses are ideal for hard-to-fit eyes. Smaller contacts could cause excessive blinking or lead to discomfort, but a large-diameter scleral contact lens will often be more comfortable because of how wide it is. Once a lens is in place, it is designed not to move (or to move very little) when you blink. Patients with keratoconus and other eye problems tend to find these more comfortable than traditional lenses.
Are Scleral Contact Lenses More Expensive than Normal Lenses?
These lenses are completely custom made for each wearer, so they can be more costly. The fitting takes longer, and the expertise needed to fit them is greater. The lenses may be remade until they fit properly over the eye, which requires patients to exchange lenses and have new lenses created for them. Scleral contacts may cost three or four times more, though they may still be covered by vision insurance.
Contact Henderson Eye Center in Henderson, Texas, to Make an Appointment Today for Special Contact Lenses
In Henderson, TX, finding a good optometrist is just a call away. Call our office to set up an appointment with our optometrist to talk about using scleral contacts to improve your vision. Call us today at (903) 657-1539 to set up an appointment or stop in and see us from Monday through Friday during our office hours.