1. What are scleral contact lenses?
Scleral contact lenses are gas permeable lenses that are the same size or slightly larger than a soft contact lens. Scleral contact lenses are also larger than other rigid gas permeable lenses. They are much more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. In most cases they are as comfortable as soft contact lenses.
2. Who is a good candidate for scleral lenses?
Most patients are candidates for scleral lenses. If you need correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, or corneal eye disease. If you think soft contact lenses do not provide you enough clarity, you might be a good candidate as well.
3. What eye health issues do scleral contact lens treat?
Scleral contact lenses treat normal prescriptions and normal corneas but also correct vision for patients that have corneal eye diseases like keratoconus, corneal transplants, pellucid marginal degeneration, or even if you have dry eyes.
4. What types of scleral lens are there?
There are usually three sizes – small, medium, and large size scleral lenses.
5. Are scleral lenses typically covered by medical or vision insurance?
Most vision insurances will cover scleral lenses if you have a corneal conditions such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, dry eye syndrome, corneal transplants, or even for a very high prescription.
6. Anything else you would like to add?
Scleral contact lenses are more advanced lenses compared to most rigid gas permeable lenses and even some soft contact lenses. The fitting process is more detailed and customized. Visual acuity in most cases is excellent even with corneal eye conditions. These lenses are much more common due to their increased comfort and increased clarity.