4 Surprising Facts About Scleral Lenses You Need to Know
You may be surprised to learn that the framework of the scleral lens was first put together by Leonardo DaVinci in the early 16th century and would go on to be manufactured in Europe in the late 1800s. The design of the scleral lens has changed enormously since then. Whereas the first scleral lenses were made using glass blown shells, today, they are made of rigid gas permeable materials. These materials allow enough oxygen to pass through to your eyes which contributes to keeping your eyes healthy.
This is just one example of a list of interesting facts associated with scleral lenses. At the Weston Contact Lens Institute, we believe that our patients should understand what scleral lenses are and how they can positively impact their eyes and quality of life.
Key Facts About Scleral Lenses
If your eye doctor has recommended incorporating scleral lenses into your treatment plan, here are a few important facts you should know about these revolutionary contact lenses:
- Scleral lenses are custom made and designed to last
Unlike other contact lenses, scleral lenses are uniquely designed for you. If you’re a suitable candidate for scleral lenses, our eye doctors will utilize sMap3D technology to create your scleral lenses. sMap3D technology provides a non-invasive way to map out your eye to ensure that your scleral lenses fit just right. The scan only takes a few minutes, during which time you will look up, down and straight ahead. The process is painless and will result in a lens that will benefit only you. Scleral lenses are custom-made using high-quality materials, which means that they should last much longer than other contact lenses.
- Scleral lenses can help address a myriad of ocular conditions
Many people don’t realize that scleral lenses are suitable for several eye conditions. Scleral lenses are meant to restore proper vision to many people with corneal irregularities or ocular damage. Just a few examples of conditions that scleral lenses can help treat include:
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Dry Eye Syndrome
- Corneal ectasia
- Graft vs Host Disease
- Corneal degenerations and dystrophies
- Scleral lenses can help your eyes
Scleral lenses help to heal eyes with injuries or irregularities to the cornea by preventing further eyelid friction on the eye. Since scleral lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the scleral, they create a reservoir that keeps your eyes hydrated while you’re wearing them. Also, their design helps keep out any irritants that can cause further damage to your eyes.
- There are alternatives to traditional scleral lenses
EyePrintPRO is another example of scleral lens that your eye doctor may speak with you about. These lenses are like traditional scleral lenses in both their design as well as the material uses to create them. However, where other types of scleral lenses have failed, EyePrintPRO has proven to be an ideal option among patients who suffer with severe vision impairments. During the appointment, your eye doctor will take an impression of your eyes using proprietary impression material. The process is painless and although it only takes a few moments, the impression will capture details that are specific to your eyes including the exact curvature of your ocular surface. This ensures that the final lens will match the shape of your sclera.
Learn More About Scleral Lenses By Scheduling an Appointment With Us
At the Miami Contact Lens Institute, our focus is on providing you with the best solutions to address your vision issues. We’re always happy to take the time to address any of your concerns regarding scleral lenses and help you understand what a tremendous benefit this type of contact lens can have on your eyes. Get in touch with us today to learn more about scleral lenses.