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Scleral Contact Lenses

Standard contact lenses may not be the best option for everyone, including those with an abnormally shaped cornea or some kind of eye condition. In cases like these, people may be advised against wearing normal contact lenses.

 Specialty contact lenses are an alternative that can be used for various vision problems and refractive errors. Several types are available, but the specific type of specialty contact lens a person needs will vary depending on their unique needs and eye health. Scleral contact lenses, for instance, can be helpful for certain individuals.

At Lighthouse Vision, we not only provide contact lens exams in Milford but also fittings for scleral contacts for those who could benefit from these types of contact lenses.

What Are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral contact lenses are a type of gas permeable contact lens that is larger than conventional contact lenses. They are specifically designed to vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, the white of the eye. In doing so, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus and other corneal irregularities which may make wearing regular contact lenses impossible.

Because the sclera tends to be a less sensitive part of the eye than the cornea, scleral lenses are usually more comfortable than regular RGP lenses but should be removed overnight.

Exams & Fittings for Specialty Contact Lenses  

Not every doctor is equipped to provide scleral contact lens fittings. At Lighthouse Vision, our optometrists in New Haven County can not only help you determine what contact lenses you need but also have experience in fitting specialty contact lenses like scleral contacts.

If you are interested in contacts, our doctors will begin by evaluating your eyes. They will look at a range of metrics and eye health markers, including your cornea shape and size. They will also address your corrective vision needs and the overall health of your eyes. Once our doctor has gathered the information needed to gain a better understanding of your eyes, they will recommend special contact lenses that may be right for you. If scleral contact lenses are the best type of specialty lenses for you, our doctors will determine what prescription you need and fit the scleral lenses to your eyes. It may take a few appointments to ensure that you have the right fit.

If standard contact lenses are not an appropriate option for you, specialty contacts like scleral contact lenses may be a good alternative. Contact our Milford eye care center to schedule an appointment for your specialty contact lens consultation.