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Scleral Contact Lenses

Last Updated: 04/6/18

Sclera Lenses, dry eye treatment
  1. Treatments for the Following Eye Issues
  2. Optometrists - Scleral Lens Fitters
  3. Sources

The Scleral Lens (Sclera Lens) is a lens that sites over the cornea and sclera part of the eye.

A Sclera lens is similar in form in some respect to contacts used for eye correction, but are double the size and meant to protect the cornea of the eye. Unlike traditional contacts, scleral lenses are gas permeable (GP) contacts, rigid lenses made of durable plastic that transmits oxygen. Also known as rigid gas permeable lenses, RGP lenses, and oxygen permeable lenses.

GP can be used to correct vision:

  1. like traditional contacts or glasses
  2. correct vision from long-term eye strain
  3. prevention of blindness from cornea scaring by protecting cornea from dry eye damage after damage to either the facial nerve (Cranial Nerve 7), or trigeminal nerve (Cranial nerve 5)

1. Optometrists - Scleral Lens Fitters

Scleral Lenses are available worldwide, different brands and manufacturers. One option in the United States and Canada is BostonSight® under the name PROSE (prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem)

These lenses are available in different brands and which is ideal should be considered after reviewing all brand advantages and disadvantages.

Scleral lens fitters are the doctors who help select the right shape of scleral lense for patients, based on eye issues and eye shape. There are many brands and lens fitters worldwide.

Coming soon, a complete list of manufacturers, brands, and fitters around the world.

2. Sources

  1. All About Vision. "Scleral Lenses." http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/scleral-lenses.htm
  2. All About Vision. "Lenses (RGP Or GP Contacts)." http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/rgps.htm
  3. http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/meibomian-gland.htm
  4. http://www.contactlenses.org/scleral.htm
  5. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20120323/Relief-for-dry-eyes-through-scleral-contact-lenses.aspx
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4hydjQVzns
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxs3cu3Ws0Y
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4hydjQVzns
  9. http://www.sclerallens.org/
  10. https://www.lenntech.com/water-chemistry-faq.htm