Dry Eye Scleral Lenses
Scleral Contact Lenses for Dry Eye Treatment
There are many different treatments for dry eye, but some people do not respond well to traditional treatments. In these cases, scleral contact lenses may be a good option.
Scleral contact lenses are large, gas-permeable lenses that cover the entire cornea and sclera (the white part of the eye). They provide a smooth, tear-filled surface that protects the eye from irritation and helps to keep it moist.
Scleral contact lenses are not a cure for dry eye, but they can provide significant relief from symptoms. They can also help to improve vision and prevent corneal damage.
If you are considering using scleral contact lenses for dry eye, it is important to talk to us. We can help you determine if scleral lenses are right for you and can fit you with the correct lenses.
How Scleral Contact Lenses Work for Dry Eye
Scleral contact lenses work by creating a tear reservoir between the lens and the eye. This tear reservoir helps to keep the eye moist and protected from irritants.
The tear reservoir also helps to distribute tears evenly across the cornea. This is important because dry eye can cause the tear film to break down unevenly, which can lead to discomfort and blurry vision.
Benefits of Using Scleral Contact Lenses for Dry Eye
There are many benefits to using scleral contact lenses for dry eye. Some of the benefits include:
- Improved comfort: Scleral contact lenses can provide significant relief from dry eye symptoms, such as burning, itching, and irritation.
- Improved vision: Scleral contact lenses can help to improve vision by evenly distributing tears across the cornea.
- Protection from corneal damage: Scleral contact lenses can help to protect the cornea from damage caused by dry eye.
Risks of Using Scleral Contact Lenses
There are some risks associated with using scleral contact lenses. Some of the risks include:
- Infection: Scleral contact lenses can increase the risk of infection. It is important to follow your eye doctor's instructions carefully to reduce the risk of infection.
- Discomfort: Scleral contact lenses can be uncomfortable for some people. If you experience discomfort, talk to your eye doctor.
- Reduced blinking: Scleral contact lenses can reduce the amount of blinking. This can increase the risk of dry eye and other eye problems.
Scleral contact lenses are a safe and effective treatment for dry eye. They can provide significant relief from symptoms, improve vision, and protect the cornea from damage. If you are considering using scleral contact lenses for dry eye, talk to us to see if they are right for you.