Are you seeking vision correction without the need for glasses? Contact lenses are often the most logical solution, especially if you prefer a non-invasive approach. However, not all contact lenses are created equal; they vary in more ways than just your prescription. Scleral lenses are one type of specialty contact lens, and our team of eye doctors at Eye Care Center, serving Burbank, Addison, Westmont, and Burbank, can prescribe them.
Standard contact lenses are smaller in size compared to scleral lenses. Standard lenses work well for individuals with healthy corneas. However, for those with corneal issues, these lenses can be uncomfortable. Scleral lenses, on the other hand, are larger, with their edges extending beyond the cornea, which significantly reduces discomfort.
Moreover, if you've experienced your standard contacts moving around on your eyes, you won't encounter this problem with scleral lenses. It's important to note that these lenses are gas-permeable, allowing oxygen to pass through and reach your eyes. However, they should not be worn while sleeping. Unlike disposable contacts, scleral lenses can last for several years when cared for properly.
Who We Recommend Scleral Lenses For
Before prescribing scleral lenses, our optometrists will conduct a comprehensive eye exam, review your medical history, and perform vision and eye health tests. Based on the results, we may recommend these specialty lenses to reduce irritation on your cornea, specifically scleral lenses.
Some examples of conditions that may necessitate the use of scleral lenses include:
- Graft vs. host disease (GVHD)
- Corneal damage
- Other corneal problems
Undergoing the Lens Fitting
If you've worn contact lenses before, you might be wondering if the fitting process for scleral lenses is similar to that of standard lenses. Fortunately, the process for receiving these specialty lenses is much the same as with standard lenses.
The process begins with a vision screening to determine the prescription needed for your lenses. Next, our eye doctor performs an eye health assessment to determine if you are a suitable candidate for contact lenses, especially if you haven't worn them before. The final part of the examination is the fitting, which takes into account different dimensions compared to standard lenses.
Contact Our Eye Doctors at Eye Care Center
At Eye Care Center, serving Addison, Burbank, Westmont, and the surrounding areas, we offer scleral lenses as part of our commitment to ensuring your comfort and addressing your specific needs. We understand the importance of providing you with effective vision correction that you can comfortably rely on.
Are you looking for an eye doctor near me? To book your next routine eye exam and contact lens fitting, please contact one of our offices:
- Addison: 630-543-0607
- Burbank: 708-599-0050
- Westmont: 630-969-2807