Your Wellington, FL, optometrist for contact lenses has a range of options for you to choose from, including sclera lenses. Scleral lenses aren’t technically contact lenses at all, because they don’t come into contact with the cornea like traditional contact lenses. For many people who need corrective lenses, scleral lenses are a smart choice. But they may or may not be necessary in your particular circumstances.
What Makes Scleral Lenses Different From Regular Contact Lenses?
Both hard and soft contact lenses rest atop the cornea. The perimeter of contact lenses is only millimeters beyond the cornea’s periphery or sometimes millimeters inside the cornea’s periphery.
The sclera is the white part of the eye. Scleral lenses bridge over the cornea, and the edges rest atop the sclera. No part of the scleral lenses makes direct contact with the cornea. This is the main difference that makes scleral lenses so unique.
Benefits of Scleral Lenses
One of the primary benefits of scleral lenses is that they don’t contribute to dryness of the eyes like regular lenses sometimes can. This is due to there being no contact with the cornea. Scleral lenses are shaped like a dome, and this dome spans over the cornea. The space between the inside top of the dome and the cornea retains moisture, which increases comfort and alleviates dryness. This huge benefit is why scleral lenses are so often recommended for those with dry eye syndrome.
Having said that, anyone can theoretically enjoy this benefit. If traditional lenses cause you discomfort for any reason, you might want to try scleral lenses. It’s possible that your cornea is sensitive, and scleral lenses could help.
If you’d like to learn more about this option for scleral lenses in Wellington, Fl, please contact our office to book an appointment.