For some individuals, sclera contact lenses are a more suitable option for vision correction without glasses. Certain patients have eye problems that make a standard pair of contacts much less effective and uncomfortable. Our optometry expert at Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding communities, conducts a thorough examination to help determine if scleral lenses are the best option for you.
What Are Scleral Contact Lenses?
In comparison to standard contact lenses, scleral lenses are much larger. The edges of standard lenses touch your cornea, which can cause cornea issues. Scleral lenses are larger, so they cover your cornea, providing relief from the discomfort of standard contact lenses. Also, unlike a standard contact lens, a scleral lens won't move around in your eye.
Who Can Benefit from Scleral Lenses?
People who have corneal damage or corneal problems are most likely to benefit from scleral lenses. One example of this is graft vs host disease (GVHD). Patients with keratoconus, a condition where your cornea has a more conical shape, can benefit from scleral lenses as well. Because the lenses don't slide around as much, these lenses are also beneficial for patients with astigmatism.
Can Scleral Lenses Correct Vision Completely?
Some patients may experience 20/20 vision with scleral lenses. If your vision can't be corrected completely, you may still receive an adequate amount of vision correction to perform your typical daily tasks, even driving. However, in some cases, you may still need to wear glasses along with your scleral lenses if you need up-close vision correction.
Can You Sleep in Scleral Lenses?
Our eye doctor advises our patients not to sleep in scleral lenses. Contact lenses, unless the packaging states otherwise are not intended for overnight use. You put yourself at a greater risk of an eye infection if you sleep with your contacts in overnight.
You'll also be more likely to experience dry eye because you're not allowing your eyes to receive oxygen without interference. When you take your contacts out before you go to bed, you're allowing them to soak in the solution. Soaking your contacts disinfects the lenses and also keeps them hydrated.
What Can You Expect During a Scleral Contact Lens Fitting?
Scleral lenses need to fit in your eyes comfortably. We provide an eye exam, measurement, and fitting. Our optometry clinic also provides an eye health exam. At the end of your appointment, our optometrist will discuss how to properly care for your contacts.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, serving Columbia, SC, and the nearby region, by calling (803) 254-6306. We are available to discuss scleral lenses or answer any questions you may have about vision correction.