The doctors of Berkeley Eye Center are proud to provide an option for patients who are unable to achieve best corrected vision with conventional glasses and contacts. Patients with a corneal deformity such as keratoconus, previous RK surgery or irregular astigmatism may benefit from scleral contact lenses. Scleral lenses also provide treatment for patients with severe dry eye and patients with high amounts of refractive error including astigmatism.
A scleral lens is a large diameter rigid gas permeable lens that sits on the front part of the eye and tends to have better stability and comfort than traditional rigid gas permeable lenses. If the cornea is not smooth, vision will not be easily correctable with traditional glasses. A scleral lens masks corneal irregularities by providing a smooth front refractive surface to the eye.
Seeing Better with Scleral Lenses
Dr. Sarah Weeks and contact lens assistant Lacie Plank are pictured here with a Berkeley patient who feels his quality of life has truly benefited from scleral lenses. The patient has a history of irregular astigmatism, which made him not a candidate for LASIK, and congenital nystagmus. He had worn corneal rigid gas permeable lenses for years but felt his vision was never as clear as he wanted, so he was a little apprehensive when Dr. Weeks suggested he try scleral lenses.
“I have been wearing the lenses for a few weeks now and I am extremely happy with the outcome. My vision is better with scleral lenses than with my glasses, and more comfortable than RGPs. Thank you, Berkeley Eye Center, for providing me with better eyesight.”
If you feel that you would be a candidate for scleral lenses and would like more information, give one of our Berkeley Eye Center locations a call today.