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Located at 2111 Custer Drive in Fort Collins

Located at 2111 Custer Drive
in Fort Collins

Scleral Contact Lenses

Have you been told that contact lenses will not work for you?

If you are looking to wear contact lenses but have always had problems with comfort or have been told you’ll never be able to wear contact lenses because of an irregularly shaped cornea or other eye problem, it may be time to look into a type of contact lens known as a “scleral lens.”

Proudly serving Missouri's Greater St. Louis Area since 1969.

What are scleral lenses?

Scleral lenses make it possible for many people to wear contacts for the first time and they have many advantages for normal contact lens wearers as well.

A scleral lens is a larger lens that rests on the sclera or white of the eye, rather than the colored portion (or iris). The lens, which covers a larger area creates a pocket filled with artificial tears, fitting securely around the eye. Due to their size scleral lenses provide sharper vision, greater durability, easier handling and a lower risk for complications.

Scleral lenses are a replacement for the irregular surface of the cornea with a perfectly formed optical surface, to ensure a perfectly clear vision that wouldn’t be possible from eyeglasses or any other type of vision solution. This extra area also allows the lens to be a liquid reservoir to provide extra comfort for those who otherwise may have comfort issues with regular contact lenses.

When Are Scleral Lenses An Effective Option?

Typically, our eye care professionals prescribe scleral lenses typically for patients with keratoconus, corneal dystrophies and degenerations, and in the case of corneal scarring.

In addition, they are helpful for people with extreme dry eye syndrome, chronic inflammatory conditions, Sjorgen’s disease, and other specific conditions. Many of our patients who try scleral lenses report that they are pleased to finally enjoy sharp and comfortable vision!

Scleral lenses can also be the ideal treatment for people with a vision prescription that exceeds the standard parameters of soft contacts.

Contact our optometrists to schedule a consultation at our optometry practice. We offer expert fittings for scleral lenses and a premium selection of these specialty contacts for hard-to-fit vision conditions.

How Much Do Scleral Lenses Cost?

Because of the increased amount of time that is required to obtain a corneal topography and customize a scleral lens that works best and is most comfortable for your eyes, as well as the larger material cost to produce, scleral lenses can be significantly more expensive than traditional gas permeable and soft contact lenses.

Despite this, scleral lenses still remain the most comfortable and, in many cases, only way, to obtain comfortable, accurate vision for those suffering from severe dry eye, keratoconus and other similar eye conditions.