Regular contact lenses correct various eye problems and are a good alternative to eyeglasses. However, some people cannot wear regular contact lenses due to conditions like chronic dry eye and keratoconus. Scleral lenses offer a good alternative to regular lenses. At Summit Eyecare, we prescribe and fit these lenses after a comprehensive eye examination and determining that they are a good fit for you. Our patients report more comfort and improved vision after wearing these lenses. We have clinics in Idaho falls (Merlin and Pancheri,) Pocatello, St. Anthony, and Rexburg.
What Are Scleral Contact Lenses?
Scleral contact lenses are designed with a large diameter and a rigid gas permeable lens. Some people worry about feeling uncomfortable when wearing these lenses since they have a larger diameter than regular lenses. These lenses don’t rest on the cornea like the regular lenses but the white part of the eye. Also, they usually have a nourishing fluid that lubricates the front part of the eye, providing comfort even after wearing them for several hours. The rigid gas permeable material on the lenses allows oxygen to pass into the eye, providing more comfort. In most cases, these eye care lenses are worn during the day and removed at night. However, our eye doctor can advise you to wear them overnight depending on your condition.
Which Conditions Can Be Corrected by Scleral Contact Lenses?
Some of the conditions that can be corrected using scleral lenses include:
- Post-surgical problems
- Dry eye
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis
- Other ocular and corneal conditions such as congenital eye defects and trauma
Are Scleral Contact Lenses Safe?
Scleral lenses are considered safe as long as proper maintenance and hygiene are practiced. An eye doctor will always advise their patients on how to use and maintain contact lenses to avoid the risk of infection. All contact lenses are safe to wear as long as proper hygiene is practiced.
Eye Care in Idaho Falls, Merlin, Pancheri, Pocatello, St. Anthony, and Rexburg
Do you have keratoconus, dry eye, or any other eye condition that makes wearing regular contact lenses difficult? Scleral lenses might be the solution you need. At Summit Eyecare, our eye doctor will assess your eyes and fit these contacts to help you achieve proper vision without discomfort and irritation. Call our Merlin clinic at (208) 529-4333, Pancheri clinic at (208) 529-4333, Pocatello clinic at (208) 637-0841, St. Anthony clinic at (208) 624-3231, and Rexburg clinic at (208) 356-0881 for more information on scleral contact lenses or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.