Scleral gas permeable (GP) contact lenses can help you see more clearly and comfortably if you cannot wear regular contact lenses due to irregular corneas, keratoconus, dry eyes, etc. The lenses are designed to form a new optically clear surface, vaulting over the irregular cornea, then resting on the sclera or white surface of the eye. Scleral GP lenses are extremely comfortable because the lid doesn’t touch the lens while blinking since the lens edge tucks underneath the lids. Most patients report that they can’t even feel the lenses!
Dr. Brisco has special training with scleral GP contact lenses, and has successfully improved the vision and quality of life of many patients in the Southern California area, including Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and Orange County. This includes patients who couldn’t wear any type of contact lenses including soft toric lenses, gas permeable lenses, and even specialty keratoconus lenses.
Here are some examples of how scleral contact lenses can benefit you:
- Irregular corneas. Vision problems caused by an irregularly shaped cornea — whether due to an eye condition such as keratoconus, high astigmatism, trauma to the eye, or resulting from eye surgery (such as Radial Keratotomy)— typically cannot be fully corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses. Scleral lenses typically will provide sharper vision for these eyes.
- Hard-to-fit eyes. If you cannot comfortably wear conventional contact lenses, or the shape of your eye causes the lenses to dislodge too easily from your eyes (during sports for example), scleral lenses can provide a more comfortable and secure fit to help you see better. This will enhance your sports performance to catch, hit or throw more accurately!
- Dry eyes. If your eyes are too dry for conventional contact lenses, scleral lenses can help. The space between the cornea and the inside surface of the scleral lens allows for fluid intake and creates a moist reservoir that can help patients with dry eyes be able to wear contact lenses.
Scleral contact lenses are larger than all other contact lenses. They have a diameter that is at least greater than or equal to most soft contact lenses. Mini-sclerals are classified as lenses that are less than 18 mm. Most patients have a cornea that is around 11.8 mm in diameter, making even the smallest scleral contacts a comfortable fit.
We would love to help you see more clearly and comfortably even if you haven’t been able to wear contact lenses before, and surgery is not an option because of your irregular corneas. We are one of the largest prescribers of scleral GP lenses in this area. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and evaluate your options for contact lenses, and start seeing better to do all the things you want to in life!