Will Scleral Contact Lenses Feel Soft or Hard?

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Our ophthalmologists have helped countless past patients see better and be more productive through various vision-transforming contact lenses. Nationwide, over 40 million Americans rely on their lenses to see the world clearly and excel at school, work, sports, and other activities.

Not everybody is a good candidate for regular or “soft” lenses, though that doesn’t mean you must resign yourself to less-than-stellar vision. At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we proudly provide numerous options for patients of all ages, including scleral contact lenses.

They’re so named because they fit over the entire sclera, the white over the eye. Their increased size offers various benefits, which you can explore by reaching out to us or paying us a visit in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Will my new scleral contact lenses feel soft or hard?

Rest assured, your scleral contact lenses will feel soft and secure because their increased size does not adversely affect their comfort level. Quite the opposite: past patients are impressed by how comfortably they fit over the eye. Also, since scleral lenses vault over the sclera (the white portion of the eye), the increased surface area contact means a better fit.

So, they’re less likely to slip or move as you blink or go about your daily activities. This also makes them an excellent choice for those with active lifestyles, be they lovers of sports or people with demanding or laborious careers. Since scleral lenses cover a larger diameter of the eye, they’re much less likely to pop out or slip, allowing them to remain centered even during the most arduous of tasks.

These lenses are made from a biocompatible material, which is rigid but does not feel that way, adding to their comfort. It’s also gas permeable, or breathable, letting in air to avoid drying out your eyes or causing other forms of irritation.

How can scleral lenses improve my vision and eye health?

Scleral lenses are also conducive to overall eye health and sensation, thanks to their “tear reservoir.” By creating a tiny reservoir of tears between the sclera and the cornea, you’re assured of improved hydration. Your eyes will feel better and benefit from improved health and increased lubrication, helping those with dry eye syndrome.

Scleral lenses are also a fantastic choice for those that suffer from corneal irregularities. If the cornea is abnormally shaped, it can be challenging to achieve a proper fit with traditional contact lenses. The contacts may also reposition themselves as you blink, move your eyes, or go about your day. But the scleral variant bypasses this problem with size. Their improved surface area yields better ocular coverage, helping it adhere to misshapen corneas and avoid shifting throughout the day.

Enjoy clearer vision and a comfortable fit with scleral contact lenses

Would you like to find out if you’re a candidate for scleral contact lenses? Or any of the other modern treatment options provided by our experienced opticians in Tuscaloosa, AL? The only way to know for sure is to reach out to us and schedule a comprehensive, detail-attentive consultation at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa. We’ve helped numerous patients enjoy improved vision, and we’d love to help you as well.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.