Why Would Someone Need Scleral Contact Lenses

Scleral Contact Lenses

More and more people are switching from the use of spectacles to contact lenses or both. However, some people have trouble wearing contact lenses, or your optician could tell you that you are not fit to use the regular lenses. They may recommend scleral contact lenses, which are large gas permeable (GP) lenses.  


You can get scleral lenses and optometrist services in Austin, TX at River Place Vision Center. Contact us now at (512)-343-2020 for any eye care service. You can also refer to our blog for more information about your visual health and wellness. 

What Are Scleral Contact Lenses?

Scleral contact lenses or scleral lenses are large lenses that cover the entire corneal surface and sit on the sclera or ''whites'' of your eyes. They maintain a vault with tears over the cornea. The scleral lenses' large size makes them more stable than conventional GP lenses and rarely dislodge from the eye accidentally. They are as comfortable as soft contact lenses and significantly help people with the irregularly shaped cornea or sensitive eyes. 

However, they have the following advantages over soft contact lenses:

  • More durable
  • Easier to handle
  • Sharper vision
  • Lower risks of complications

What Are the Types of Scleral Lenses?

There are three different types of scleral lenses available. Their difference mainly lies in where they make initial contact with your eye and their size. The common trait for all types of modern scleral contact lenses is their material is a rigid gas permeable lens. It helps to supply sufficient oxygen to your eye's front surface and offer comfort and maintain optimum health. 

The three types of scleral lenses include:

  • Semi Scleral and corneal scleral lenses — These sit at the junction between your sclera and cornea. They are a lot larger than conventional GP lenses. 
  • Mini Scleral lenses — Cover your entire corneal surface and sit on your anterior sclera. 
  • Full Scleral lenses — They are the largest of the three and offer the highest clearance between your cornea and lens surface. 

Why Would Someone Need Scleral Contact Lenses?

You can get scleral lenses if you generally want to get the best vision. People also get scleral lenses because of various conditions. They include;

  • Irregular corneas — soft lenses or glasses provide a sharper vision to people with an irregular cornea caused by various reasons.  
  • Hard to fit other lenses — conventional lenses may be hard to fit and may fall out during sports activities. Scleral lenses are a comfortable and secure fit. 
  • Dry eyes — the space between the scleral lens surface and your cornea will hold tears and prevent dry eyes. 

Find a Professional Who Fits Scleral Lenses

You can get a professional who will help determine the type of lenses you need and help you fit them. At River Place Vision Center in Austin, Texas, we offer various eye care services, including fitting scleral lenses. 

Contact us now at (512)-343-2020 to schedule a visit or in case of an eye emergency. 

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