Scleral Contacts

What is a scleral lens?

Scleral lens are large diameter contact lenses specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the “white” area of the eye (sclera). Patients who need vision correction but are unable to wear other contact lenses may find scleral lenses more comfortable than other lens designs.

Who is a candidate?

Patients who have a refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia) and are not able to wear other types of lenses, patients with conditions that affect the tear film, and patients with irregular corneas may benefit from scleral lenses.

Keratoconus is one of the conditions that cause irregularity of the cornea. Surgeries, such as refractive surgery, LASIK, can also lead to corneal irregularity. The cornea must be smooth in order to correct your vision with glasses or soft contact lenses.

Some patients have disorders, such as dry eyes, that affect the quality or quantity of tears that help to keep the eye’s surface smooth and healthy. Some inflammatory conditions also cause serious damage to the front surface of the eye. Patients who cannot close their lids completely may also experience problems with the health of the surface of the eye. The fluid reservoir beneath a scleral lens may improve comfort and may allow the corneal surface to heal.

What are the advantages?

Large diameter lenses, such as scleral lenses, may be more comfortable than other lenses that rest on the cornea. The cornea is one of the most highly sensitive tissues in the body. The conjunctiva (the tissue that lies over the sclera) is much less sensitive. Scleral lenses rest primarily or exclusively on the conjunctiva and therefore considered much more comfortable.

Testimonials

  • "Dr. Love listened closely to me and corrected my eyesight. He was able to prescribe me the perfectt glasses to use at work, which has made all the difference! Also, I have to give a HUGE shout out to Ashley. She helped me find the right frames. Ashely is so knowledgeable about glasses and helped me get the right fit, protective coating, and at antiglare - my eyes have never felt better!! Thank you all :) "

    SE Batch
    Google

    2018

  • "AMAZING. Dr. Love suggested the scleral lens and I LOVE them. I had a recent visit to update my lenses and while I was wearing the trial lens I advised him that he would have to call the authorities to get the lenses back from me. They are that great. They are the only lenses I can use since I do not qualify for lasik surgery. I have a cornea issue and the scleral lens has been a God sent to my vision. Thank you Dr. for recommending these lenses. "

    Elena Rubio
    Google

    June 2018

  • "Great visit, as usual. I can't thank Dr. Love enough for his expertise and guidance. Never have to wait long. Office is clean, and staff is friendly. They were great ordering backup glasses for me in a hurry before my trip. "

    Nick W
    Google

    August 2018

  • "Wonderful team and wonderful Doctor. Really enjoyed the experience, they not only tell you what their findings are but they also teach you and help you understand everything. Dr. Love was super sweet and made me feel very comfortable and it was nice knowing that I can count on him and his team for assistance. I also appreciate Adriana, she was super pleasant and really helped me through the process of insurance coverage and appointment setting to fit my work schedule needs. Highly recommend!"

    Gina Verdon
    Google

    June 2018

  • "Dr Love and his staff are terrific. I have severe astigmatism in one eye, so bad that wearing glasses caused headaches and lasik was not the optimal route. Dr Love suggested I try a sclera lens in their office - BAM! - perfect vision in an eye I've never seen clearly through, ever. Glad we chose Lake Mary Eye Care."

    Ernie Lyon

    September 2017