Improving Comfort and Vision with Scleral Lenses for Eyelid Abnormalities
Eyelid abnormalities are conditions that affect the eyelids, which are the thin folds of skin that cover and protect the eyes. Eyelid abnormalities are relatively common and can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. The frequency of eyelid abnormalities varies depending on the specific condition, but some estimates suggest that up to 20% of the population may be affected by some form of eyelid abnormality.
Eyelid Abnormalities that Can Be Treated Using Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses have been shown to have a tremendous benefit when it comes to treating individuals who struggle with eyelid abnormalities. These lenses can ultimately provide the wearer with protection of the ocular surface and clear vision. Here are just a few examples of some of the different types of eyelid abnormalities that can be treated using scleral lenses:
- Lid surgery: Lid surgery refers to a surgical procedure that involves the eyelids. It may be performed for cosmetic purposes or to correct functional issues such as ptosis or ectropion. Sometimes this can lead to excessive exposure of the ocular surface, resulting in incomplete blink. Scleral lenses can help mitigate this issue. Scleral lenses can be used after lid surgery to protect the eye.
- Facial trauma: Facial trauma refers to an injury to the face caused by physical impact, such as a car accident, a fall, or a sports injury. It can result in various injuries to the facial bones, soft tissues, and nerves. Scleral lenses can help improve vision and comfort for individuals with facial trauma by providing a stable and secure fit that is less likely to be dislodged or moved around by facial movements.
- Dermatochalasis: Dermatochalasis is a medical condition that results in the thinning and sagging of the skin on the upper eyelids. It may be caused by aging, sun exposure, or genetics. For people with this condition, scleral lenses provide a smooth surface for the eyelid to glide over and reducing irritation from contact between the eyelid and the bulging skin on the upper eyelid.
- Crouzon syndrome: Crouzon syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects the growth of the skull and face. It can cause abnormalities in the eyes, including bulging eyes, strabismus (crossed eyes), and underdeveloped eye sockets. Scleral lenses can be used to correct refractive errors and improve vision in individuals with Crouzon syndrome, as well as to protect the eye and provide a smooth surface for the eyelid to glide over.
- Goldenhar syndrome: Goldenhar syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that affects the development of the face and head. It can cause various abnormalities, including underdeveloped or absent eyelids, misshapen ears, and facial asymmetry. Similar to individuals with Crouzon syndrome, scleral lenses can help to not only correct refractive errors, improve vision and provide a level of protection for the eye.
- Bulbous atrophy: Bulbous atrophy is a medical condition that affects the eyelids, causing them to become thin and saggy. It can be caused by aging, sun damage, or certain medical conditions. Scleral lenses can help by reducing irritation from contact between the eyelid and the thin, saggy skin on the upper eyelid.
- Trichiasis: Trichiasis is a condition in which the eyelashes grow inward toward the eye, causing irritation and discomfort. It can be caused by various factors, including infection, injury, or inflammation. Individuals that utilize scleral lenses will notice a reduction in irritation due to the lack of contact between the eyelashes and the eye.
- Ectropion: Ectropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outward, away from the eye. It can be caused by aging, injury, or certain medical conditions. Scleral lenses help those diagnosed with ectropion by reducing exposure of the ocular surface.
- Entropion: Entropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid turns inward, causing the eyelashes to rub against the eye. It can be caused by aging, injury, or certain medical conditions. Scleral lenses help to ease the irritation between the eyelashes and the eye by individuals with this condition.
- Eyelid coloboma: Eyelid coloboma is a congenital condition in which there is a gap or hole in the eyelid, usually on the lower eyelid. It can be caused by a genetic mutation or a problem during fetal development. Scleral lenses protect the ocular surface by reducing its exposure.
Overall, scleral lenses can be a useful tool in the management of certain eyelid abnormalities and can provide relief for patients who are experiencing discomfort or vision problems because of their condition. However, it is important to note that scleral lenses are not suitable for everyone and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified eye care professional.
Benefits of Scleral Lenses for Eyelid Abnormalities
Scleral lenses offer several benefits for individuals with eyelid abnormalities, including:
- Improved Comfort: Scleral lenses are designed to rest on the sclera, or the white part of the eye, rather than the cornea, which can be more comfortable for individuals with eyelid abnormalities that cause irritation or dryness. The larger size of scleral lenses also allows them to create a cushion of fluid between the lens and the eye, providing a more comfortable and stable fit.
- Enhanced Visual Acuity: In some cases, eyelid abnormalities can cause visual distortions or other vision problems. Scleral lenses can help improve visual acuity by creating a smooth and regular surface on the eye that compensates for corneal irregularities or other vision problems.
- Protection for the Eye: Scleral lenses can provide a barrier between the eye and the eyelid, protecting the eye from further damage or irritation. Scleral lenses also provide a dome shaped oasis for the ocular surface, protecting it from potential exposure from eyelid abnormalities.
- Customized Fit: Scleral lenses are custom designed to fit the unique shape and size of the individual’s eye, which can provide a more precise and comfortable fit than traditional contact lenses.
- Potential for Symptom Relief: Scleral lenses may help alleviate symptoms of certain eyelid abnormalities, such as dryness, irritation, or redness, by protecting the eye and providing a smooth and stable surface for vision correction.
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If you’re struggling with an eyelid abnormality and you’re interested in learning more about whether scleral lenses would be a good option for you, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Our team can provide you with the insight that you need to make the most out of utilizing scleral lenses to treat your condition. Get in touch with us today!