Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are specialized lenses that offer unique benefits for certain eye conditions. Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are larger in diameter and designed to vault over the entire corneal surface, resting on the white part of the eye (sclera). This design makes them particularly suitable for individuals with irregular corneas or severe dry eyes.
The unique shape of scleral lenses provides enhanced comfort and stability. They create a tear-filled vault over the cornea, which can help in managing conditions like keratoconus or post-surgical irregularities. These lenses are often a preferred choice for those who cannot tolerate regular contact lenses.
Orthokeratology, commonly known as Ortho-K, is a non-surgical procedure involving the use of specially designed contact lenses that reshape the cornea overnight. These rigid lenses are worn while sleeping and temporarily correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness). This allows for clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Ortho-K is an excellent option for individuals who want to be free from corrective eyewear during the day. It’s particularly appealing for athletes, those with active lifestyles, or individuals who work in environments where glasses and contacts are impractical. Regular follow-ups with an optometrist are essential to monitor the corneal health and ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.