Scleral Contact Lenses in Castle Rock, CO

If you have an irregular cornea or other eye problems, you might have been told you're not able to wear contacts. You might have tried them in the past but not had success. Fortunately, scleral contact lenses can help many people with cornea irregularities wear contact lenses. Unlike traditional lenses that can irritate your cornea, scleral lenses are comfortable and designed to suit your eyes. If you're interested in trying scleral lenses, contact The Meadows Family Eye Care.  We're experts in helping people find the vision solutions that work best for their eyes and life.

What are Scleral Contact Lenses? 

Scleral contacts defined: Scleral contacts sit on the whites of your eyes instead of on the cornea. The lenses have a fluid-filled shield that vaults over your cornea, providing comfort and moisture. Since they sit on the whites of your eyes, scleral lenses are larger than many other types of contact lenses. The smallest scleral lenses are about 14.5 mm and the largest are about 24 mm in size. By comparison, the average human cornea is about 11.8 mm in size. The right size for you will depend on your eyes, vision, and other personal concerns. 

Who is a Candidate for Scleral Lenses?   

People who have had trouble wearing traditional contact lenses due to cornea irritation might benefit from scleral lenses.  This can include severe dry eyes, keratoconus, and other conditions that affect the cornea. You might be a good candidate if you:

  • Have tried contacts in the past but been unable to wear them
  • Been told you can't wear contact lenses
  • Are interested in trying contacts again
  • Have dry eyes
  • Have keratoconus
  • Have an irregular eye shape

 At  The Meadows Family Eye Care, we can examine your eyes are let you know if scleral lenses are a good option for you. 

Scleral Contact Lenses For Keratoconus 

Keratoconus is one of the most common eye conditions that is treated with scleral lenses. Standard lenses can cause discomfort to keratoconus patients by moving around when the eyes blink and resting on the cornea causing irritation. They don't sit on the cornea and are less likely to move around than traditional lenses. They're easier to center on the eye and stay in place throughout the day. This can reduce damage and complications. Overall, scleral lenses are considered the best option for people with keratoconus. 

What is Keratoconus?  

Your cornea is the clear outer layer of your eye. It protects your eye and serves as a barrier to germs and the sun. Keratoconus is a condition that causes your cornea to thin. The thinned cornea then bulges outward into a cone shape. Over time, this will cause blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Generally, both eyes are affected by Keratoconus. The condition often starts in people between 10 and 25. It progresses slowly, often taking as long as 10 years to go from thinning to bulging into a full cone shape. 

When people are first diagnosed with keratoconus, they might be able to wear glasses or standard soft contact lenses. As the condition progresses, patients often need scleral lenses for vision correction. A cornea transplant is needed in severe cases. 

Scleral Lenses for Special Effects 

You might see the lenses used for special effects or costuming referred to as scleral lenses. These lenses can dramatically alter the appearance of the eyes. They're often used in horror and other genre pieces to create a supernatural or otherworldly effect. This type of lens isn't quite the same as scleral lenses given for vision correction. 

The scleral lenses used in special effects are large like prescription scleral lenses. They also sit on the whites of your eyes allowing them to completely cover the natural eye of the wearer. However, they do not correct vision and generally don't contain the fluid-filled vault that adds comfort to prescription scleral lenses. 

Other Uses for Scleral Lenses 

There are many conditions that can be helped with scleral lenses. They can be used to help patients who've had LASIK and other surgery on their eyes or who have health conditions that affect their visions. Other conditions that are helped by scleral lens include:

  • Pellucid marginal degeneration
  • Irregular astigmatism
  • Corneal scarring
  • Penetrating keratoplasty
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

How to Fit Scleral Lenses 

Scleral lenses are custom created for each patient, so fitting for scleral lenses will take longer than a standard contact lens fitting.  Dr. Mariana Reid or Dr. Ryan Reid will evaluate your eye to determine the correct shape and fit of the lenses. They'll test your vision to calculate the correct lenses power for your vision. A computer model will be used to map your eye and try different lens sizes and curvatures until the right one for you is found. Your measurements will be used to create customized scleral lenses are shaped to your eye. You'll also be taught how to insert and remove scleral lenses during your fitting.

Scleral Lenses Cost 

Scleral lenses are customized and require a lengthy fitting process. This drives up the price of scleral lenses. The exact cost of your scleral lenses will depend on your eyes and the complexity of your lenses. Often, scleral lenses are three to four times the price of standard contact lenses. You might have some insurance coverage for scleral lenses. Vision insurance might bring down the price by paying some of the cost. Since scleral lenses are often used to address vision problems from medical conditions, your health insurance might also cover some of the cost in some cases.

Where to Find Scleral Contact Lenses in Castle Rock, CO  

The Meadows Family Eye Care can provide caring and expert service to your whole family. Our experienced doctors and staff can help you find the best solutions to your vision problems. We can fit scleral lenses and other specialty lenses. So even if you've been told you're unable to wear contact lenses, make an appointment. We'll go over all your options and let you know if scleral lenses are the right choice for you. 

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