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Scleral contact lenses rest on the sclera, which is the white part of the eye, instead of the cornea. The sclera is less sensitive than the cornea making scleral contact lenses comfortable. Scleral contact lenses also create a fluid-filled vault over the cornea. This creates a perfect optical surface and much improved vision when compared to traditional soft contact lenses and spectacles. The fluid-filled vault provides excellent vision and nourishes the cornea, making scleral lenses valuable in the treatment and management of many ocular surface and corneal diseases.
We have Eye Care Providers all over the country prescribing our lenses every day. Refer to our Locator Service to find a Prescriber https://www.visionary-optics.com/find-a-location/. If you already have a favorite doctor that is not on our list, let them know they can become a Visionary Optics Provider by shooting us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 877-533-1509.
Scleral contact lenses are made of a rigid, gas permeable material. Products that are made to be compatible with GP materials may be used. Refer back to the information you were provided when you got your lenses or ask your Eye Care Provider for their preference. Products that are approved for use with theses types of lenses are:
Multi-Purpose Cleaning and Rinsing: Unique pH, Clear Care, Boston Simplus, Optimum CDS
Deep Cleaners: Progent, Optimum ESC
Insertion Non-Preserved Saline: LacriPure, ScleralFil, Purilens Plus
While these solutions are approved for care of our scleral contact lenses, your Eye Care Provider knows more about YOUR eyes and can recommend the best care system for you.
Yes. There is limited tear movement under the lens so filling the lens with preservative free saline provides a reservoir of liquid between the lens and the cornea. It’s important that the saline be NON-Preserved and that the bowl of the lens is filled over the top. This will also ensure good insertion. We recommend using FDA-Approved, Single-Use Vials (LacriPure, ScleralFil).
First, take out your lens and re-insert. Make sure you have FILLED the lens with NON-PRESERVED SALINE and that there are no air bubbles. Make sure you haven’t switched your lenses and placed them in the wrong eyes. If you are on certain medications you may notice a change in how your contact lenses feel. This is usually because some medications impact our tear productions which can be felt when wearing contact lenses. This is especially true with allergy medications. Note how long they have felt this way, when it started and if you have changed anything, particularly your care solutions and medications.
It’s always better to err on the side of caution and give your Eye Care Provider a call when you are using a highly specialized device like scleral contact lenses. However, doing some troubleshooting first and knowing what information to tell your ECP will help them know how to direct you. Call your ECP immediately if you ever experience acute pain, redness, or decreased vision.
Wearing time should be determined by your Eye Care Provider. However, after the initial adaptation time, most people are able to wear their lenses the full day. Refer to the instructions you received or call the office.
This can vary based on several things, therefore, there is no uniform answer. Some people have eyes that are just “harder” on lenses due to their tears and other eye disease. It’s paramount that you follow an approved and consistent care regimen. Most people can expect about 1 year of comfortable wear but it’s your responsibility to observe and report any changes to your Eye Care Provider.
Some Vision Plans as well as Medical Plans have a benefit for the management of Keratoconus and other corneal conditions for which scleral lenses are medically necessary. Check with your plan and ask if you have this coverage or if it can be added. Your Eye Care Provider will usually be happy to check the benefits for you when you call and give them the information needed.