Scleral Lenses: Revolutionary Contact Lens Technology Providing Incredible Comfort And Visual Clarity
Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with the following eye conditions:
Rarer conditions include:
Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with certain eye conditions:
- Severe Dry Eyes
- Post-refractive surgical complications
- Post LASIK eye surgery complications
- Post RK eye surgery complications
- Post PRK eye surgery complications
- Severe astigmatism
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
- Trauma to the cornea
- Corneal ectasia
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Post Corneal Graft
- Irregular Cornea
- Severe Dry Eye
- Ocular Pemphigoid
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
Rarer conditions include:
- Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy
- Basal membrane dystrophy
- Meesman's dystrophy
- Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy
- Thiel-Benke's dystrophy
- Macular dystrophy
The clear tissue on the eye’s outermost surface covering the pupil and the iris is called the cornea. The cornea’s function is to bend and focus light going into the eyes. Normally, the cornea has a smooth shape to provide clear vision. When the shape of the cornea becomes irregular, the light entering the eyes is not focused properly. Consequently, an individual will suffer distorted and irregular vision.
Keratoconus is a condition of the cornea that affects between .1% to .5% of the population, or 300 thousand to 1.6 million Americans. Keratoconus causes severe vision loss and discomfort but can be effectively corrected with scleral contact lenses. The The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Diamond Vision provides advanced eye care for keratoconus patients from all over the state of New York including many patients from Long Island ,Hempstead,Five Towns, and Garden City.
Keratoconus is a condition that can develop in the pre-teen years when the cornea starts to change its shape. Associated with these changes are extreme sensitivity to light or glare, blurry vision (like being unable to view the blackboard), and sudden decreases in vision. To get a better picture of Keratoconus, imagine that the top white surface of an eye having lots of ridges and bumps that would prevent a regular contact lens to rest on and adhere to the eye surface. These surface variations are unique to each individual, where some may be able to get by with contacts or glasses, while for others, hard lenses or scleral lenses are the preferred alternatives.
Because of the irregular shape of the cornea, it is extremely important that a person with Keratoconus has accurate measurements including both a 3D map of the corneal and the thickness.
The real challenge for patients with Keratoconus isn't from a lack of alternatives but the constant change in prescriptions nearly every year. In certain cases of Keratoconus, the changes become so extreme that people turn to Corneal transplants.
For those living with Keratoconus, finding a knowledgeable and reliable optometrist with the latest technology is essential, especially since there are solutions for visual comfort that may come up short. Dr. Shane Galan at Diamond Vision has been fitting scleral lenses for Keratoconus patients, providing the desired comfort and clarity that’s not found anywhere else. People often visit Dr. Galan for a second opinion about their Keratoconus or irregular corneas just to be sure that their current prescription is accurate.
While hybrid contact lenses supply a better quality of vision for irregular shaped eyes, the hard components used may not provide comfort for some. Patients could turn to scleral lenses, which are large gas permeable contact lenses that cover the entire corneal surface of the eye, ensuring greater comfort.
Fortunately, at Diamond Vision, Dr. Galan provides a variety of specialty contact lens treatments that can be custom tailored for nearly any case of Keratoconus, irregular shaped corneas, or extreme astigmatisms. Through years of experience and a knowledgeable, caring staff, there's no other optometry practice that has the commitment to expertise, patient care, and consistent, successful outcomes. To receive the best fit possible for your eyes, schedule a consultation with us today.
People suffering from severe dry eye can find therapeutic benefits from transitioning to custom designed scleral lenses. Sclerals keep the cornea moisturized and protected while minimizing irritation to the eyelids and the rest of the eye.
Our eye doctor has helped many patients, who were once legally blind due to their corneal scarring, regain excellent vision after being properly fit with scleral lenses.
Scleral lenses are extremely effective at correcting high astigmatism and irregular astigmatism. Because of their rigidity, scleral lenses can correct astigmatism to allow for excellent vision.
Scleral contacts are an ideal option for anyone that is severely nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. For presbyopia patients, scleral contacts can be designed as multifocal contacts to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness. Because scleral lenses are firmly positioned on the eye and do not move as soft contact lenses do, they provide unmatchable comfort compared to standard multifocal lenses.
All scleral lenses rest on the white part of the eye, the sclera. Our optometrist, Dr. Shane Galan, will customize the scleral lenses by determining the exact diameter and space between the cornea and sclera. Some scleral lenses may have a space of a few millimeters, called mini scleral lenses, while standard scleral lenses are larger, full sized lenses. The larger scleral lenses are often recommended on very irregular corneal surfaces.
We are proud to offer Zenlens™ scleral lenses in our Rockville Centre Long Island practice. Scleral lenses in general have made massive inroads into the contact lens market as they offer some very important benefits over traditional contact lens technology. Scleral lenses vault over the eye and sit on the white part, or the sclera of the eye. This design is superior for three reasons.
- The vault design means that patients with irregular shaped corneas from Keratoconus, corneal scarring, or post surgery have an option that both corrects vision more effectively and increases comfort.
- The vault design is a drastic improvement for patients with dry eyes, as the vault creates a reservoir for tears to naturally maintain lubrication.
- Scleral lenses large design minimizes movement which means less irritation from movement in the eye and sharper vision.
Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are custom fit to the eye, requiring significantly more training on the part of the optometrist, expensive equipment, and multiple visits to achieve the optimal fit. In addition to the fitting process, the patient must also be trained on how to properly care, insert, and remove scleral lenses. Because of these reasons, professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher than other contact lenses. We are happy to discuss your specific costs and payment options based on your individual needs.
Does Vision Or Medical Insurance Cover The Cost Of Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are not automatically covered by vision or medical insurance. Most insurances will reimburse the costs for scleral lenses when medically necessary, yet the rates and restrictions vary greatly from one vision insurance provider to the next.
Depending on your plan, some of the costs associated with professional fitting or lenses may be covered. In general, medical insurances do not cover scleral lens fittings. Our insurance team will provide assistance in helping you apply any insurance benefits towards your scleral lenses. However, given that insurance policies vary widely we cannot guarantee how much coverage you will receive from your insurance.
Note: Scleral lenses are hard lenses and last far longer than soft contact lenses. While their costs may be greater, their lifespan and benefits often become an affordable investment.
- Consultation and testing (Digital Imaging)
- Scleral Lens Fitting
- Dispensing of the Lens
- Scleral Lens training for care, insertion and removal
- Scleral Lens Follow up(s) for micro adjustments
Dr. Shane Galan fits custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. Based on these measurements, a scleral lens is customized to ensure maximum comfort and acuity. Scleral lenses are crafted using microscopic adjustments for an ideal fit. Plus, our office carries the latest technology to ensure the highest level of care and precision in developing each scleral lens.
Our optometrist, Dr. Shane Galan, has experience fitting a wide variety of specialty contact lenses for virtually any type of hard-to-fit contact lens patient. Scleral lenses are often the go-to lens for our patients due to their higher level of quality and unique features.
Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.
Scleral Lenses Are The Gold Standard Of Contact Lens Comfort And Work For Just About Anyone
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How has your vision been since switching to scleral lenses? It has been very clear, a lot better than my soft contacts and lot more comfortable all day. My favorite thing is that I can tell that my vision is corrected as perfectly as it can.
How did your life change when you got scleral lenses? It changed dramatically, I am a traveling nurse, driving early morning and late at night. I can now drive at night and the lights don't bother me, It has helped me tremendously for my job. I have been wearing sclerals for over 3 years and I could never go back to regular hard contacts.
Tell us what your vision was like with your old contacts? I had 20/50 vision with contact lenses, and now I can see 20/25 and I have gone down on my reading glasses from 2.0 to 1.5. And the great part is I can’t even tell I have anything in my eyes. The biggest thing about sclerals is keeping them clean and taking care of them.
What is your history? I was a keratoconus patient, I first had a corneal transplant on one eye and then the other. Did you try contacts after corneal transplant? I did but after 2 hours they hurt too much. Tell me the difference in your vision? There are no words to articulate, when I look at people I see detail like never before, it is like night and day.
What is your vision history? In middle school I was diagnosed with Astigmatism and wore contact lenses, but in college I started having issues and was diagnosed as having the early stages Keratoconus. I went to a lot of eye doctors, tried a lot of contacts, and eventually I underwent corneal transplant. The surgery was not successful, and my vision remained as it was before surgery. Driving at night was no longer something that I could do because of blinding glare. Scleral Lenses literally changed my life, I didn’t know what I was missing.