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Scleral Lenses at Dr. Dorothy Park and Associates


One of the qualities that attract many wearers of corrective lenses to contacts is their small size. What could be more discreet and convenient than a pair of lenses that fit within the diameters of your corneas? Smaller isn't always better, though, especially for individuals with special vision needs. If you're one of those individuals, you may get better results with scleral lenses. Here at Dr. Dorothy Park and Associates, we can provide these specialized lenses to help you enjoy superior vision quality, unaffected by corneal irregularities or other complicating factors.

Scleral Lenses at Dr. Dorothy Park and Associates

What Are Scleral Lenses?

In a sense, scleral lenses are actually a step into corrective vision's past, since the first contact lenses made available to the public belonged to this classification. Scleral contact lenses get their name from the fact that their rims rest, not on the corneal surface, but on the sclera, better known as the white of the eye. In fact, no part of these oversized lenses ever even touches the cornea, instead, their curvature extend slightly in front of the corneas.

The shape of scleral lenses offers some important advantages for people who have trouble with ordinary corneal contacts. For starters, people with extremely irregular corneas, such as severe astigmatism or the cone-shaped bulge caused by keratoconus, can't get much benefit from regular soft contacts at all. These contacts are designed to conform to the surface underneath them, meaning that they do nothing to compensate for significant irregularities. By contrast, scleral contacts, which are made of rigid gas-permeable materials, maintain just the right curvature at all times for proper vision correction, regardless of your corneal contours.

Scleral contact lenses hold other advantages as well. If you suffer from dry eye, for example, you may have had trouble finding soft contacts that don't aggravate the condition. Scleral contacts can help by trapping moisture in the space between the lens and the cornea.

Our eye care professional will be happy to fit you for scleral lenses if corneal lenses are less than ideal for you. Depending on your specific needs, our eye care professional may offer you a choice between full-sized scleral lenses or their smaller cousins, semi-scleral and corneo-scleral lenses. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover that your scleral lenses are actually even more comfortable to wear than traditional corneal lenses. That's because the sclera is less sensitive than the cornea.

Visit Our Columbia SC Clinic for an Exam

Any contact lens selection process begins with a comprehensive eye and vision exam, followed by a contact lens exam. Call our Columbia, SC, clinic at (803) 254-6306 to make an appointment!

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Meet Our Patients

  • "Dr. Park is such a sweet person and consequently, makes an excellent doctor. Not only is she caring and compassionate with her patients, she participates actively in her community in "giving back". If you are looking for a great doctor to care for your vision, look no further--she's the one!"
    Janet
  • "Very pleasant and knowledgeable. Dr. Park was excellent with a great chair side manner. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back with the kids for their exams."
    Daniel
  • "Dr. Park is the best. The staff in the office are so helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Every time we go it’s like visiting family. I've been with the office for 11 years and would recommend the office to anyone!"
    -Miek
  • "Dr. Park is awesome. She is patient and genuinely cares about helping me. I had eye problems so severe they were preventing me from going to work weeks at a time. She took her time and researched my problem and was able to find a solution. Not to mention helped me finally get relief from so much pain.
    I would recommend Dr Park everyone!"
    -MoMo.
  • "She is a passionate doctor with a great heart and sense of humor. The staff is very welcoming and professional. You won't be disappointed. Highly recommended."
    Chris
  • "Because of the positive experiences at Dr. Dorothy J. Park & Associates, my husband and I will drive nearly an hour making her office the new home for our eye care needs and continue to highly recommend this office to others. BIG thanks to this fantastic group of people!"
    Sandy