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What Are Scleral Lenses?

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There are various kinds of contact lenses available on the market today. Each of them has specific functions to help improve your eyesight. One type you may have heard of is the scleral lenses. Compared with the usual contact lenses, they envelop the entire cornea and extend to the white portion of your eye, also known as the sclera. Park Slope Eye, your trusted eye care clinic in Brooklyn, New York, discusses this type of contact lenses in detail.

Scleral Lenses

Difference between Conventional Contact Lenses

Compared with the usual 9-mm diameter of regular lenses, scleral lenses’ diameters range from 14 to 20 mm. They are often made of highly permeable, rigid lens material. Their fluid reservoir feature, which is not common among ordinary lenses, ensures hydration for your eyes. Because of these features, we advise turning to a reliable vision clinic, like Park Slope Eye, for their fitting.

Eye Conditions They Can Manage

Our reliable eye specialist in Brooklyn, NY, primarily recommends scleral lenses to those who have hard-to-fit eyes. This pertains to certain eye conditions that cannot be managed by your conventional lenses, such as keratoconus. The hallmark sign of this condition is a cone-shaped cornea. We can perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine presence of this condition. Since scleral lenses cover the entire corneal surface, they act as a substitute to the irregularly shaped cornea of a person who has this condition.

We may also advise using them if you have dry eyes, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Those who had LASIK surgery or corneal transplant may also experience improved vision by wearing this type of contact lenses.

Advantages Over Regular Contact Lenses

Their larger size offers stability and reduces their risk of accidental dislodgment. This also means easier handling during insertion, removal, and cleaning. Since they cover almost your entire eye, they do not move around while you wear them.

Their almost fixed placement and wider coverage provide a clearer, more secured eyesight. Their rigid material offers durability for long-lasting performance. You may also experience increased comfort as they allow optimum oxygen penetration and hydration to your eyes.

For premium scleral lenses and quality eye care in Brooklyn, NY, you can turn to Park Slope Eye. Call us today at (347) 380-7070 to schedule an appointment.

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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