Scleral Contact Lenses

Bowman Optometry specializes in all types of contact lenses. Whether it be daily disposables for an athletic event, a tinted lens to change eye color, or a custom rigid gas permeable lens for keratoconus—we can fit you properly and comfortably.

Considering giving contact lenses a try? Here’s what you need to know….

The Different Types of Contact Lenses

Soft Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses- the most safest most hygienic of all contact lenses. Wear them for the day, then throw them away when the day is done. These now come in toric for astigmatism, tinted for eye color change, and multifocal for presbyopia (age-related focusing deficiency at near).

Soft disposable lenses- similar to the above category but disinfection is required nightly and the life of the lens is determined by the polymer used. Most are monthly disposable but some are two week disposable. Some of these are approved for extended wear but only with doctor supervision.

Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are unlike any other contact lens on the market. They are a specialized type of contact lens that can benefit individuals with a range of eye conditions, including keratoconus, irregular corneas, and severe dry eye. These lenses have a larger diameter and rest on the white part of the eye (sclera) rather than the cornea. The sclera has very few nerve endings compared to the cornea. Fewer nerve endings mean less sensitivity which ultimately means a very comfortable contact lens.

The above image is a cross-sectional image of the front of the eye. This image helps show how the larger diameter scleral lens vaults over the entire cornea. This provides a smooth surface for one to see clearly.

Advantages of Scleral Contact Lenses:

  1. Improved Vision: Scleral lenses create a smooth, even surface over the cornea, providing clear vision even for those with irregular corneas.

  2. Comfortable Fit: Because they vault over the cornea, scleral lenses often provide more comfort for individuals with sensitive or dry eyes.

  3. Longer Wear Time: Scleral lenses hold a reservoir of tear fluid between the lens and the eye, making them suitable for extended wear.

  4. UV Protection: Many scleral lenses offer UV protection, shielding your eyes from harmful UV rays.