Why I am Passionate about Scleral Lenses
I am often asked why I am so passionate about scleral lens technology. My answer will be a question: How many non-invasive technologies have the ability to provide clear, comfortable vision to a patient who previously suffered from ocular pain along with distorted, non-functional vision? How many non-invasive technologies are there that can dramatically change lives? Our lives revolve around our vision. There are millions of people around the world suffering ocular pain and vision loss due to corneal disease, trauma, ocular surgery and a host of other ocular conditions that can be successfully treated with scleral lens technology.
Scleral lens technology is the fastest growing and the most innovative technology within the contact lens industry. Our specialty scleral lens practice is the oldest and one of the largest scleral lens practices in North America. We have patients with significant vision issues visiting us from over 50 countries around the world. The following photos and images are examples of what a well-designed and fit scleral lens can achieve:
The eyes displayed here belong to patients who had no functional vision until we fit these eyes with scleral lenses. All of these patients are now seeing clearly and comfortably, often years of non-functional vision until they received their scleral lenses.
The following eye cannot close due to an acoustic neuroma. We designed a lens to keep the eye moist at night.
Some eyes are so distorted that it is not possible to provide the patient with a scleral lens using conventional technology. In cases like these we have to take an impression of the ocular surface and then send the impression to a special laboratory where 3D printing technology is used to make this highly customized lens where every “hill and valley” along the ocular surface is replicated onto the back surface of the EyePrint Pro scleral lens.
This is a photo of a scleral lens over an eye with an extremely rare condition known as “Stevens Johnson Syndrome”. This eye was scheduled to undergo surgery several months after this photo was taken. We fit this eye with a scleral lens in order to keep the ocular surface moist and to protect the eye from the environment and the blinking action of the eyelids.
The eyes below developed corneal irregularities after radial keratotomy. These irregularities were either present immediately after the surgery, but could develop many years later.
This eye was damaged due to trauma and surgery.
Scleral lens over a very profound eye with a corneal transplant.
These images show a scleral lens over a corneal transplant. Note the stitches.
This image shows a scleral lens over an eye with keratoconus. The lens vaults over the cone.
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