How Scleral Contact Lenses Could Be the Better Option

Do you dream of ditching your glasses for contact lenses but think they’re not an option for you? Even if you haven’t had luck with contacts before, scleral lenses could be the solution you’ve been looking for. These lenses aren’t new, but advancements in their design have made them a popular option in recent years, especially for men and women with challenging eye conditions.

At Opulent Eyes Optometry in Studio City, California, Jeff Taranto, OD, and our team offer a wide variety of contacts, including scleral lenses. That means there’s a good chance you can get a great pair of contact lenses whether you have hard-to-treat eyes or not.

The advantages of scleral contact lenses

Scleral contacts are a type of rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens. Rigid gas permeable lenses come in a firm and durable, highly breathable material that helps transmit oxygen. Unlike traditional contact lenses, RGP lenses don’t contain any water and are more resistant to deposits and bacteria.

What sets scleral contacts apart from regular RGP lenses, however, is that they cover a larger area of your eye. In addition to your cornea, these lenses extend onto the white portion of your eye, or sclera. Because they cover this area — which is less sensitive than your cornea — they can provide a more comfortable fit than smaller RGP lenses. 

Additional benefits of scleral contacts include:

Scleral contact lenses are also very comfortable, even during the initial stages when you’re new to wearing them.

Candidates for scleral contact lenses

There are different types of scleral lenses, and the type selected for you will be custom-made to fit your eyes. Because of the personalized approach and unique design of the lenses, you can often wear scleral lenses, even if you haven’t been a good candidate for contacts in the past.

Scleral contact lenses are especially helpful if you have eye conditions that include:

To see if scleral contact lenses are right for you, we will perform a comprehensive eye exam that includes computerized corneal mapping and detailed photography. If the lenses are a good option for you, we will begin the fitting process, which involves measuring the parameters of your eyes where the lenses will sit. After this stage, your contact lenses will be made.

To see if you’re a candidate for scleral contact lenses, book an appointment online or over the phone with Opulent Eyes Optometry today.


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