Why Are Scleral Lens Needed for Some Patients?

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Our ophthalmologists are proud to offer effective solutions for the many millions with visual impairments. Chief among these impairments are the refractive disorders you've no doubt heard of, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related vision loss.

Fortunately, scleral lenses can help you see the world more clearly and comfortably. They're specially crafted for patients who may not fully benefit from normal lenses due to their lifestyles or certain ocular conditions. But if you reach out to us at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham, we'd love to help find the optimal option for you in Birmingham, AL.

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Contact lenses, in general, provide multiple advantages beyond giving you clearer sight and better focus at various distances. Compared to glasses, contact lenses sit directly on the surface of the eyes (rather than in front of the eyes) and offer a fuller field of view. They also don't fog up and, for many, provide a preferred aesthetic. Others may wish to simply try a new look. Plus, active individuals may also prefer contact lenses due to their more stable fit and comfort.

If you're living with a visual impairment, contact lenses may be an excellent option for you, and we have many variants, including daily wear, single-use, multifocal, astigmatism-correcting, and scleral contact lenses. An eye exam will be required to ascertain whether you're a good candidate for contact lenses, though our wide range of options means that we have an alternative for just about every patient, including those with specific needs or certain conditions.

Plus, thanks to our on-site optical lab, we can craft your prescription from the highest-quality materials on our premises. This means you'll save time and hassle, as you may be able to walk out with your sight-improving contact lenses during your initial visit.

Why are scleral lenses needed for some patients?

For example, those with particular corneal concerns may best be served by scleral contact lenses, which are so named because they completely cover the sclera (the white of the eye). One corneal condition is known as keratoconus, signifying that a patient's eye is cone-shaped. This abnormal curvature may preclude regular contact lenses, which may not fit comfortably and shift about as patients blink.

Scleral lenses may also be a great fit for individuals with active lifestyles, whether for work or pleasure. The significantly increased surface area of scleral lenses, made to vault over the sclera, can provide more stability and keep your visual aid in place. Additionally, scleral variants are made for improved comfort and feature efficient air permeability so as not to cause eye dryness.

See better today with scleral lenses

Our team at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham can diagnose visual impairments and prescribe the most efficient treatment for those seeking vision solutions. And with all the advantages offered by an on-site optical laboratory, you could enjoy your sight-boosting prescription in an hour or less. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of scleral lenses and our other wonderful options in Birmingham, AL!

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