Scleral contact lenses are special contact lenses made from gas permeable lens material. Scleral lenses have given practitioners the opportunity to fit even the most complex and severe corneal cases. If you have worn or failed in other types of contact lenses, this could be an option for you.
Scleral lenses are used to treat a variety of ocular conditions such as:
- Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
- Refractive surgery patients (LASIK, Radial Keratotomy (RK), and PRK)
- Corneal scarring from prior infections, herpes scarring, or trauma
- Corneal transplant patients
- Other forms of corneal irregularity
- High astigmatism
Additionally, scleral lenses are used to treat ocular surface conditions which involve severe inflammation or dryness of the ocular surface. The reason for this is because the scleral lens is filled with a non-preserved saline solution, which bathes the eye all day. This can provide comfort for patients suffering from a variety of conditions. Many patients with some of these conditions cannot even keep their eye open without the use of their scleral lens. If you or a loved one suffers from any of these conditions, they may be a candidate for scleral lenses:
- Extreme dry eye syndrome
- Unresolving keratitis
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment
- Stevens’Johnson syndrome
Existing scleral lens patients
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Dr. Stephanie Woo is trained and qualified to fit and manage scleral lens patients. She is one of only 150 practitioners certified as a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. Fellows of the Scleral Lens Education Society demonstrate extensive knowledge on fitting, managing, and caring for scleral lens patients. Dr. Woo is one of 6 optometrists in Arizona with this distinction. She is also past president of the Scleral Lens Education Society, a non profit organization committed to teaching practitioners the art and science of scleral lens prescribing. Call us today to see if scleral lenses are right for you!