How long does it take to get used to scleral lenses?
It may take between 5 to 10 days before they settle in completely. Scleral lenses provide initial comfort similar to soft lenses, especially for sensitive eyes or irregularly shaped corneas.
Are scleral lenses hard to add?
At the beginning, many of our patients with scleral lenses in find these contact lenses tricky to insert and remove. However, after a short training and practice in caring for your scleral lenses, you’ll find it easy! The first rule for healthy eyes with scleral lenses is to wash your hands well with a mild soap.
Are scleral lenses soft or hard?
Scleral lenses are contact lenses that are about the size of a soft contact lens. They fit on the conjunctiva, or white part of the eye, so they are very comfortable just like a soft contact lens.
Can you take a nap with scleral lenses?
Typically, eye care physicians recommend that you do not sleep in your scleral contact lenses. Sleeping in your scleral lenses can cause the tear layer behind the lens to become stagnant, increasing the risk of eye infections.
Can scleral lenses improve vision?
Patients are often surprised to discover scleral lenses are not excessively expensive. These lenses are often covered by insurance and, even when they aren’t, they provide enough of an improvement over regular lenses — in both comfort and vision — that patients are happy to make the investment.
Why do my scleral lenses hurt?
If patients complain of red eyes, discomfort, blurred vision or burning upon lens removal, it could be because the lens edge is too tight and is not allowing any tear exchange. This is one of the most common problems seen with scleral lenses.
What do you fill scleral lenses with?
Use a Filling Solution That Is Preservative-Free
When inserting scleral lenses, use unpreserved sterile saline solution by filling the bowl of the lens upon insertion. Don’t use tap water or a preserved solution as these can lead to an eye infection.
Can you shower with scleral lenses?
Soak your lenses in Clear Care every night to clean and disinfect your scleral lenses. Do not wear your scleral lenses while you sleep. They can be worn in the shower, but should not be worn while swimming.
Are scleral lenses worth it?
In terms of comfort, visual clarity, and stability, scleral lenses are superior to gas permeable lenses. In cases of corneal irregularity or severe sensitivity, scleral lenses are often the only viable option. However, they are more costly than GP lenses as well.
Why are my scleral lenses cloudy?
White blood cells (leukocytes) and tear debris can get in the tear fluid between the cornea and the scleral lens. The accumulated debris scatters light, causing foggy, cloudy, and hazy vision. A study from 2019 found that fogging symptoms are more common with thicker tear volumes underneath scleral contact lenses.