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Scleral lenses: Fact or Fiction
- Scleral lenses are only used with corneal diseases.
Fiction: The first contact lenses ever used were a type of scleral lens made of glass. Although we have come a long way with materials and types of contacts, there are many people who were scleral lens because of its superior vision while also offering good comfort. “I’m finding excellent success in my office and they may become very popular over time,” says Dr. Laura Nennig of Eyecare Associates of Lee’s Summit.
- Scleral lenses are challenging for doctors to fit.
Fiction: Although contact lens fitters find it harder to fit gas permeable lenses than soft lenses, many doctors are finding they already have most of the skills they need to scleral lenses. It requires more time to do these fits, but patience and a desire to learn a few new skills is all that is required to be successful. These lenses have unique challenges and require to be watched more closely than conventional soft lenses. Dr. Nennig tells her patients to expect to have follow up visits every 6 months even if the lenses are working well.
- Scleral lenses cost more than conventional contacts.
Fact: The initial cost of scleral lenses can be significantly more expensive than corneal gas permeable lenses and normal soft contact lenses. “I rarely start with this type of lens in my clinic, instead we use this lens for patient with an irregular corneal surface like those with keratoconus or corneal transplants as well as patients with severe ocular surface disease from systemic issues like graft vs host disease or Sjorgen’s syndrome,” says Dr. Nennig. “Even though these lens may cost more, they also last much longer, I tell my patients to expect to replace them every year, but most replace scleral lenses every 2 or 3 years.”
- Scleral lenses are impossible to get put in your eyes.
False: You put in scleral lens differently than a soft contact lens but it’s not hard to do. To place them on your eye, you first fill the bowl of the lens with fluid. To keep the fluid from spilling out, your face needs to be parallel to the floor and the contact. Inserting these lenses very similar to other contact lens insertion techniques otherwise.
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Dr. Nennig works at Eyecare Associates of Lee’s Summit as an optometrist who specializes in fitting custom contact lenses including scleral lens. Along with Dr. Doug Herriott, they improve the lives of dozens of patients each year through using this technology. Schedule an appointment today by Calling or Texting 816-524-8900 or scheduling online.