What Are Scleral Lenses?
Scleral contact lenses are an extra-large type of rigid gas permeable lenses. Unlike traditional contacts, scleral lenses vault over the entire cornea, leaving a gap between the lens and the corneal surface. They rest on the white part of your eye (your sclera).
Scleral lenses are particularly useful for managing eye conditions such as:
- Dry Eyes
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
- Post-refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK, PRK)
We welcome you to call Dr. Jennifer DenHartog to discuss your needs and assess whether scleral lenses are right for you.
Benefits of Wearing Scleral Lenses
With scleral lenses, you’ll experience superior vision and comfort, even if you have an irregular cornea. Below are some of the benefits of wearing sclerals:
They stay centered on your eye and won't pop out easily
High-quality materials mean they'll last for the long haul
Large lenses block debris, dust, and other allergens
Breathable material ensures oxygen reaches the eye
Pocket of moisturizing tears for all-day comfort and hydration
Ready to say goodbye to all those uncomfortable contact lenses and say hello to crystal clear comfortable vision? Book your appointment Dr. Jennifer DenHartog in West Des Moines today!
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Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus Treatment in West Des Moines
Are you suffering from:
- Blurred or distorted vision.
- Sudden worsening or clouding of vision.
- Increased light sensitivity.
One of the most common conditions that scleral lenses help to address is keratoconus. This condition occurs when the normally round, clear part at the front of the eye, the cornea, begins to thin and bulge into a cone or football-like shape. This can severely harm your vision.
Scleral lenses help with this by providing a dome-like surface over the abnormal cornea, creating proper refraction for clear vision.
Ready To Try Scleral Lenses?
Call our eye care clinic in West Des Moines to schedule an appointment with our professional scleral lens eye doctor.
Your Specialty Contact Lens Center at Premier Vision Clinic eye doctor in West Des Moines will measure your cornea using a process called corneal topography.
Your customized scleral lenses will allow the right amount of light in and sit stably on the eye, offering superior vision, all-day hydration and increased comfort.
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Scleral Lenses Reviews
Just over two years ago, at the age of 70, I began experiencing double vision with my left eye, first noticeable when looking at street lights at night. My optometrist then discovered that the lens placed in my eye during cataract surgery twelve years previous had become dislodged and would need to be replaced.
Unfortunately, the surgery to replace the lens resulted in a rare eye hemorrhage, a condition which blackened the cornea and caused the internal eye pressure to rise dramatically. A second surgery was necessary to install a Baerveldt implant to relieve the pressure, which was then successfully accomplished.
After months of follow-up visits and medications, I was left with a traumatized cornea, a drooping eyelid and a constant scratching feeling. It was then that I was referred to Dr. Jennifer DenHartog, O.D. at the Premier Vision Clinic in Clive, Iowa.
Dr. Den Hartog recommended fitting me with a scleral contact lens to cover the cornea and relieve the irritation I was experiencing. Her examination and measurements were perfect and I immediately felt total relief from the scratching. In addition, over the next several months, the drooping eyelid gradually resumed its normal position. She and her staff generously gave of their time to assist me in practicing with the placement and removal of the lens.
Today, I’m wearing the lens all day without any problem. It’s such a relief to have a normal feeling eye. I’m very satisfied with the expertise and patient-friendly care provided by Dr. Den Hartog and her staff.