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Certain eye conditions can prevent people from being able to wear regular, soft, or gas permeable contact lenses. If you have a corneal condition in which your vision is limited with glasses, contact lenses may be a better option for correcting your vision! Scleral lenses are an alternative of contacts that can help you see clearly while also ensuring a comfortable fit.
Some conventional types of contact lenses are only large enough to cover part of the cornea. This can make it uncomfortable or even impossible for those with irregular corneas to wear these types of contacts. Conditions like keratoconus can cause changes to the corneas that do not allow conventional contacts to fit comfortably on the eye. Scleral contacts, which are larger than conventional contacts, are made to cover the entire cornea and part of the white part of the eye known as the sclera. The size of these lenses needed depends on how severe the corneal condition is. In general, smaller scleral contacts are suitable for milder corneal conditions, while larger lenses are needed for more complex changes to the corneas.
These gas permeable contacts provide a higher degree of comfort for those with corneal problems. They are also able to correct problems with vision associated with keratoconus and other corneal conditions, such as astigmatism, which is caused by corneal grafts. These lenses can also help mask corneal abnormalities or irregularities that develop from keratoconus, in addition to allowing individuals to see more clearly.
Scleral lenses have a lower risk of irritation due to their ability to stay in place better than conventional lenses, especially during blinks. This gives them improved stability in the eye, which helps make them more comfortable to wear and more visually reliable for those with corneal problems. These lenses are also custom-made for each individual, which ensures a comfortable fit. However, keep in mind that adjustments to the lenses might be required if they do not fit properly or if more changes to the corneas occur.
If you are unable to wear regular contacts, please make an appointment with our optometrist at 719-520-3333 to see if scleral lenses are right for you! We can help you determine if these lenses are right for your eyes and provide you with more information on them. We also offer other types of eye care services, including routine vision exams and glaucoma treatment in Colorado Springs, Falcon, and Windsor.