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Scleral Contact Lenses for Keratoconus and Corneal Disorders

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Expert Fittings for Scleral Contacts in Moorestown, Voorhees, Deptford, and Cherry Hill, NJ

In the past, patients with keratoconus and other corneal irregularities were not able to wear contact lenses. However, that’s no longer the case. The development of advanced contact lenses materials and engineering led to the development of many comfortable and effective specialty contacts, especially for hard-to-fit vision conditions.

We regularly fit our patients who have corneal disorders with scleral contacts in Cherry Hill, Deptford Township, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill, NJ. At Advanced Vision Consultants, we are pleased to provide precise, high-tech fittings for scleral lenses in all four of our optometry practice locations.

What are scleral lenses?

Scleral contact lenses are rigid gas permeable lenses that have an extra-wide diameter. They vault entirely over your cornea and rest on the whites of your eye (called the sclera). Scleral lenses thereby cover the irregular corneal surface with a smoothly rounded optical surface, enabling you to see clearly – even if you have keratoconus.

Are scleral lenses suitable for everyone?

Typically, our eye doctors prescribe scleral lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, and degenerations, and for cases of corneal scarring. In addition, they are helpful for people with extreme dry eye syndrome, chronic inflammatory conditions, Sjorgen’s disease, and other specific conditions.

Scleral lenses can also be the ideal treatment for people with a vision prescription that exceeds the standard parameters of soft contacts.

What are the advantages of scleral lenses?

  • Suitable for dry eyes: as scleral lenses bridge over the eye, they leave a gap that fills with tears. This cushy pocket of lubrication enhances a comfortable vision for people with dry eyes, which makes scleral lenses a great option for people with severe dry eye syndrome.
  • Work with high vision prescriptions: People who need very high lens powers (that exceed the standard parameters of soft contact lenses) can often achieve sharp sight with scleral lenses.
  • Can help with legal blindness: scleral can give crisp vision for even the most severe corneal scarring that causes legal blindness.
  • Correct extreme astigmatism: many people with high astigmatism have been told that they cannot wear contacts. But the custom-designed fit of scleral lenses can correct astigmatism with exceptional visual results.

Woman Hands in Heart 1280×853Are scleral lenses safe?

Modern scleral lenses are designed and crafted with ultra-precise technology, advanced materials, and computer-driven lathes. Altogether, this leads to a very high level of safety and comfort. Contemporary scleral contacts also have a high oxygen permeability, which significantly decreases the risk of eye complications. Patients with keratoconus can enjoy crisp vision while keeping their sensitive corneal surface protected and safe.

How difficult is the fitting of scleral lenses?

Our eye doctor will use advanced corneal topography equipment to map your cornea. This generates a detailed corneal diagram, which is used to craft customized scleral lenses for each patient. That’s the best way for our skilled and experienced eye doctors to give you scleral lenses with a perfect fit.

At Advanced Vision Consultants, we use the newest technologies in order to ensure that you have an efficient eye care experience with your scleral contact lenses in Moorestown, New Jersey, and all of our offices.

Is it hard to insert and care for scleral lenses?

At first, it can be tricky to insert scleral contacts, but our optometrists provide complete instruction and training. After a short practice session of inserting and removing your lenses, you’ll have no trouble at all! Scleral lenses are very durable and easy to handle.

You must care for scleral lenses in the same way as standard contacts. Right after you remove them, clean and store them in the recommended disinfectant.

Contact Advanced Vision Consultants to schedule a consultation for scleral contacts in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Deptford Township, New Jersey. We also offer a wide selection of premium specialty contacts for all hard-to-fit vision conditions.