Would you like to wear contacts but had trouble doing so in the past? Has your eye doctor told you previously that you are not a good candidate for contact lenses? Do you have a condition such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-penetrating keratoplasty, or corneal scarring that leaves you with an irregular corneal surface? If so, the optometry professionals at Pathway Eye will likely be able to assist you. We have years of experience fitting patients in Athens, AL, and the surrounding areas with specialty contacts including scleral contact lenses.
What are Scleral Contact Lenses?
Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter gas-permeable contact lenses designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the white of the eye. They are designed to replace an irregular cornea with a smooth surface, correcting your vision problems. Scleral lenses are designed specifically based on the shape of the individual eye they are being fitted to. They sit gently on the sclera without causing any compression or stress to your underlying eye tissue.
Types of Scleral Contact Lenses
There are three types of scleral lenses:
- Corneo: These are larger than traditional gas-permeable lenses at a size of 13 to 15 mm, which allows them to settle between your sclera and cornea.
- Mini-scleral: These lenses can envelop your corneal surface with their 18 mm diameter and rest on the front part of your sclera.
- Full scleral: This last type of scleral lenses has the widest diameter, giving more than enough clearance for your cornea and lens.
Benefits of Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses make it possible for many of those with irregular corneal issues to wear contacts, but the benefits do not end there. These lenses are also beneficial because the large size of the lenses makes them more stable than conventional contacts, making them less likely to move around or become dislodged from your eyes. At the same time, scleral contact lenses are composed of a gas-permeable material with a fluid pouch that helps maintain your visual health. Wearers of these contact lenses can expect wider visual coverage, fixed placement, improved comfort.
Scleral Contact Lenses in Athens, AL
If you are interested in learning more about scleral contact lenses or getting fitted for these lenses, make an appointment with Pathway Eye today by contacting the clinic closest to you. We are proud to serve residents of Athens, Madison, Rogersville, Chattanooga Downtown, Collegedale, and Huntsville.