Scleral contact lenses are often used for people who are unable to wear traditional contact lenses. There are plenty of eye conditions where traditional lenses simply won’t work. It can be quite a list, but these can include:
- irregularly shaped corneas such as
- pellucid marginal degeneration
- corneal transplants & dystrophies
- Salzman’s nodule
- moderate to severe dry eye
- Steven’s Johnson syndrome
- Graft vs. Host Disease
Scleral lenses get their name because they cover the whole eye instead of just a portion of the cornea. They rest on the sclera (the white part of your eye). Since they are much larger than traditional lenses, they are more stable on eyes and don’t get dislodged easily. They are also relatively comfortable for many patients.
As scleral lenses are custom-made to fit your eyes, their pricing can be higher than traditional lenses. It takes special imaging devices and tools to measure your eyes and order your lenses. Vision insurance may help with these extra costs, and we will be happy to discuss payments at your visit.