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Posted on 02-26-2018

What Are Scleral Lenses?

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Here at Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we have been treating patients for more than 63 years. In that length of time, our optometrists have added some of the most advanced treatments to our services. This includes scleral lenses, which are used to treat several vision issues. Learn what this type of specialty lens is and what kind of treatments are available using a scleral contact lens.

What is a Scleral Contact Lens?

A scleral contact lens is an oversized lens made from a rigid gas permeable material. Since it is gas permeable, your eye will be able to receive plenty of oxygen, ensuring the contact is safe to wear. A scleral lens is designed to completely cover the limbus and cornea. The benefit of wearing a scleral lens is to reshape the cornea as part of a vision correction solution. 

What is Keratoconus and How Do I Know If I Have This Eye Condition?

Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea begins to bulge outward and forms a cone shape. With this progressive eye disease, a patient will suffer from myopia and astigmatism, if it is left untreated. Fortunately, here at the Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we offer scleral lenses as a viable remedy for keratoconus. 

How Long Will I Need to Wear Scleral Lenses for Treatment?

Most patients who need scleral lenses will wear them when they are asleep at night. For example, for individuals with nearsightedness, they are able to wear scleral lenses only at night. In the daytime, their vision is corrected completely without the use of daytime contacts. This makes scleral lenses an ideal choice for children or individuals with active lifestyles, such as sports players. In some instances, you will still need to wear vision correction lenses, such as eyeglasses, in the day. This is often the case for individuals suffering from age-related vision loss.

Choosing Eye Doctors in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, CA

Our eye doctors are conveniently located in both Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, CA. This enables our team to better treat the residents of the Bay Area with their vision correction issues. In addition to providing scleral lenses for eye conditions, we also provide comprehensive eye exams, dry eye treatment, and pediatric vision health. Contact the Silicon Valley Eye Physicians today at 408-703-5929 to schedule an appointment.

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