What is the purpose of scleral lenses?
Scleral contact lenses are a valuable therapeutic tool for patients with ocular surface disease as these lenses protect the ocular surface, provide continuous corneal hydration while providing optimal visual correction, and are often used in conjunction with other therapies.
Are scleral lenses medically necessary?
Medically necessary contacts are most often used in keratoconus treatment and pellucid marginal degeneration. … Scleral contact lenses are the most common medically necessary contact lens treatment used; however, SynergEyes hybrid contact lenses are also commonly used.
When should scleral lenses be fitted?
Consider fitting scleral lenses for: Patients with primary corneal ecstasia (e.g., keratoconus, keratoglobus and pellucid marginal degeneration). Patients with secondary corneal ectasia (e.g., post-LASIK, post-PRK and post-RK). Patients with persistent epithelial defects.
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.
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.
Does medical insurance cover scleral lenses?
Scleral lenses are not automatically covered by vision or medical insurance. Though most insurances will reimburse the costs for scleral lenses when medically necessary, the rates and restrictions tend to vary greatly from one vision insurance provider to the next.
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.
Can you see out of scleral lenses?
No. When properly fit scleral lenses will not dislodge or pop out of your eyes. This is because the lenses are large and come to rest on the white portion of the eye. The lenses do not move on the eye and the edges fit under the eyelids.