Many people prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses. Some people prefer contacts because they provide a more natural appearance. Others like contacts better because the eyeglass frames or dirty lenses do not obstruct their vision.
Many people can wear conventional soft lenses; however, others have a medical issue that would require contacts for hard to fit eyes. One of these lenses is called a scleral lens, and the professionals can prescribe them at Today's Vision Creekside.
Q: What Are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses differ from traditional contacts because they do not rest right on the cornea. Instead, they rest on the white of the eye known as the sclera, and they vault over the cornea. There is a small space between the lens and the cornea.
Q: What Eye Conditions Can Be Treated With Scleral Contacts?
A: There are several conditions of the eye that can be treated with scleral contact lenses while they improve your vision. These include:
- Chronic dry eye syndrome
- Ocular trauma
- Damaged cornea due to an injury or a burn to the eye
- Surgical complications following Lasik surgery
Q: How Long Can I Wear My Scleral Lenses?
A: Scleral lenses can be worn for around 12 to 14 hours per day. Some people need to remove the contacts at some point during the day to clean them before putting them back in. It is essential that you take the contacts out every night before going to sleep. Leaving the contacts in all night can result in an eye infection. Because these contacts are often prescribed for people who have issues with their eyes, it is essential that they are removed every night.
Q: Will I Still Need To Wear Eyeglasses?
A: This question does not have a definite answer because it depends on the person. These contacts will help with eye irregularities and can improve your vision. However, depending on your prescription and your eyes, you may need to wear glasses to see clearly. This is especially true if you are over 40 and have presbyopia, making it difficult to see close up. In this situation, you would need to wear reading glasses with your scleral contacts.
Q: Are Scleral Contacts Disposable?
A: No, scleral contacts are not disposable. These are custom-fit lenses, and they usually come at a premium price. If you are fit with scleral contacts, you will be able to wear them for one to three years before needing to have them replaced. You can make your contacts last longer if you care for them properly.
Call Today's Vision Creekside in Tomball Today!
If you think you are a good candidate for scleral contacts, schedule an appointment with Today's Vision Creekside in Tomball. Our doctor of optometry in The Woodlands performs all eye care services, including fitting patients for scleral contacts. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today