Scleral Custom Contact Lenses FAQs
Scleral contact lenses are a unique type of contact lenses prescribed by our optometrist. These custom contacts aren't for everyone. That's why our team at Today's Vision, serving Tomball, TX, and the nearby communities, will have you undergo a thorough evaluation to make sure scleral lenses are right for you. We've compiled a list of your most frequently asked questions, so you can get a better understanding of what scleral contact lenses are.
What Are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral contact lenses fit over a larger portion of your eyes. Typically, the regular size of scleral lenses is between 14mm and 24mm in width. Traditional contacts are usually between 14 and 16 mm.
Who Benefits from Scleral Contact Lenses?
For people with conditions like keratoconus, scleral lenses offer better vision correction. The person then receives the benefit of crisper vision. When you have certain eye problems, a standard pair of contact lenses may move around in your eyes. However, the larger diameter of scleral lenses ensures your contacts remain in one place and don't shift. Therefore, you'll have continuous vision optimization. In addition, these contact lenses tend to last longer than standard lenses.
What Types of Eye Issues Can Scleral Lenses Treat?
Although it doesn't necessarily treat or correct eye problems, people with cornea problems, moderate to severe astigmatism, or keratoconus may benefit from scleral lenses.
What's the Fitting Process of Scleral Lenses?
Just like with standard contacts, our optometry practitioner will require you to undergo visual acuity testing and a fitting. The fitting is a bit more intricate than a standard lens fitting. Our optometry specialist will focus on making sure the base curve fits appropriately, so the scleral lenses don't rest on the cornea. Additionally, scleral lenses are gas-permeable. Since these are rigid contacts, they could be uncomfortable if they don't fit properly.
How Long Do Scleral Lenses Last?
Scleral lenses last much longer than a standard pair of disposable contact lenses, which are only good for up to one month. Scleral lenses, on the other hand, last between one and two years.
Scleral lenses are more expensive than standard lenses, especially when you factor in the lens fitting cost. However, it could be worth it if you're looking for contacts that can better correct your eyesight and will stay in your eyes for longer.
Visit Us for Your Next Pair of Custom Contacts from Our Optometrist in Tomball
Schedule an appointment with Today's Vision, serving Tomball, The Woodlands, and the general vicinity, to see if you would benefit from scleral lenses. Our professional staff is committed to providing our patients the care they need to maintain optimal vision throughout daily life. Contact us today at (346) 808-7342 to schedule your next eye exam. Learn more about how we can help your vision and eye health.