One of the features commonly touted about contact lenses, along with their convenience and discreet vision correction, is their small size. But smaller isn't always better, especially if you're dealing with specific eye or vision issues that pose special challenges for ordinary corneal contacts. In such cases, you may be well advised to consider a pair of scleral contact lenses - and we'll be happy to fit you for those lenses right here at Prudhomme Vision in Manchester, CT.
Why Scleral Lenses?
When most people today think of contact lenses, they think of the minuscule variety that sits directly on the corneas of the eyes. But these contacts actually evolved from a larger form. The earliest contacts were what we would call scleral contacts -- rigid lenses that maintain a consistent curve as they vault over the entire corneal curve, coming to rest not on the cornea but on the sclera or "white" of the eye. But opting for scleral lenses in this day and age isn't taking a step backward. Scleral lenses have some distinct advantages over corneal contacts, especially if you suffer from:
- Keratoconus - Keratoconus deforms the corneas into a cone-shaped bulge that ordinary corneal contacts can't correct for easily.
- Graft vs. Host disease - This disease is another condition that can cause corneal irregularities.
- Dry eye - Dry eye can be worsened by standard corneal contacts, while scleral lenses provide a natural tear reservoir.
- Astigmatism - Some patients with astigmatism enjoy more accurate vision correction from scleral lenses than from other types of contacts.
- Post-surgical corneal issues - If you've had LASIK, a corneal transplant, or other corneal surgery, scleral contacts are a good choice for optimal vision correction with minimal risk of corneal irritation or infection.
Expert Fittings From Your Optometrist in Manchester CT
Your optometrist in Manchester CT, Dr. Jeremy Prudhomme or Dr. Regan Marquis Prudhomme, can determine whether scleral contacts are a good choice for you by performing a contact lens exam. You might be a candidate for full-sized scleral lenses, semi-scleral lenses, or corneoscleral lenses, depending on the type and severity of your eye/vision problem. Whatever kind of scleral lenses you receive, you may be surprised at just how comfortable they really are, despite their larger-than-average dimensions. We will repeat the necessary fitting procedures until you're completely happy with the results.
Call Our Optometry Center Today
If regular contacts don't just work for you, find out whether your answer lies in scleral lenses from the professionals at Prudhomme Vision. Call our optometry center today at 860-644-3364 to schedule a contact lens exam!