If you have had trouble wearing contact lenses because of an irregular cornea, dry eyes or other problems, scleral lenses may be the answer. Scleral lenses are larger, gas permeable contact lenses that rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye, and completely arch over the cornea. The sclera is less sensitive than the cornea, making scleral lenses more comfortable to wear than other types of contacts. Scleral lenses create a tear-filled space over the cornea that helps keep the eye hydrated and protects the cornea from irritation by the contact lens, wind, dust, or allergens. The larger lens is also more stable, staying centered on the eye throughout the day. Make an appointment with Dr. Neshia Rudd to see if scleral lenses are right for you.
Some patients have cornea irregularity caused by keratoconus or corneal degeneration. Others have had surgery such as keratoplasty or refractive surgery which has led to corneal irregularity. Scleral lenses arch over over the irregular cornea to improve vision and provide a smooth front surface.
Some patients eyes do not produce quantity or quality of tears needed to keep the surface of the eye healthy and smooth. This includes patients suffering from dry eye syndrome, Sjögren’s syndrome, Steven Johnson syndrome, neurotrophic keratopathy, and other conditions.
Make an appointment with Dr. Neshia Rudd to determine if scleral lenses are a good fit for your eyes.