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What You Need to Know About Scleral Contact Lenses

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Thanks to ongoing research in contact lens technology, different types of contact lenses serve different purposes and are designed to address specific eye care needs. Scleral contact lenses, in particular, have a wider diameter than regular lenses.

What You Need to Know About Scleral Contact Lenses

Read on as Park Slope Eye, your leading provider of vision therapy and other eye care services, discusses the features and benefits of scleral lenses.

Unique Features

Standard-sized contact lenses are often 9 to 9.5 mm wide. In comparison, scleral lenses have diameters ranging from 14.5 to 24 mm. This feature allows them to cover most of your cornea, even extending to your sclera, the white part of your eyes, which is why they are referred to as scleral contact lenses. They are usually made of rigid, gas-permeable material that comes with a fluid reservoir to maintain your visual comfort.

Uses of Scleral Contact Lenses

Your expert eye doctor may recommend using scleral contact lenses if you have “hard-to-fit” eyes. This includes conditions characterized by corneal shape or surface irregularities, such as keratoconus, a condition that occurs when your cornea starts to thin out as you age, causing it to bulge and form a cone-like shape.

Scleral contact lenses’ wide surface area acts as a substitute for your impaired corneal surface. People with dry eyes are good candidates for using scleral contact lenses as well. The fluid reservoir in the lenses helps keep your eyes well lubricated all day long.

Excellent Benefits

With their larger size, scleral contact lenses are more secure than ordinary contact lenses. They won’t move around as much, maintaining your visual stability and clarity. They also carry a lower risk of being accidentally dislodged from your eyes. Their fluid pouch maintains eye moisture and their gas-permeable material allows maximum oxygen entry, leading to better visual health.

Scleral contact lenses provide fixed placement, wider visual field access and lasting visual comfort. Complete our form to schedule an appointment and learn more about them. We serve Brooklyn, NY.

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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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