Scleral contact lenses get their name from the fact that, unlike regular contacts, they vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the white part of the eye, which is called the sclera. They are large rigid gas permeable lenses that are filled with a reservoir of fluid to protect the cornea. This is important for comfort, particularly for patients who experience dry eyes. The design of the lenses can help provide relief from glare, distortions, haloes, and ghosting of images.
Within scleral lenses there are several different sizes to choose between. These are based on where the lenses meet the surface of the eye. Your scleral lens provider will be able to make a recommendation as to the correct size for you, which will be based on your individual requirements.
Although technically anyone can wear and benefit from scleral lenses, they are a particularly good option for patients who have eye conditions or irregularities that for which regular contacts are not suitable. This includes patients with irregular corneas, such as keratoconus and/or post-LASIK ectasia, or patients with dry eyes.
Dr. Bhagat completed an optional one year residency focusing on treating patients with corneal irregularities and designing specialty lenses like scleral lenses. Not only has she fit many patients with scleral lenses that have drastically improved their vision but she educates them. She takes the time to explain the process, the disease for which she is treating, and treats each patients wants and needs individually. Dr. Bhagat travels around the world lecturing colleagues and students about scleral lenses and how they can change a patient’s life.
Dr. Bhagat likes to focus on how these lenses can be used to improve a patient’s life, not only the vision. With the knowledge and experience she has, patients can expect a positive scleral lens experience.
For more information about scleral lenses, please do not hesitate to call our expert eye care team.