Scleral Contact Lenses

What are Scleral Contact Lenses?

scleral lense.

Scleral contact lenses are large gas-permeable or hard contacts that rest on the sclera, which is the white part of your eye. They are specifically for patients with an irregular surface of the eye that cannot be corrected with conventional contact lenses or glasses.

What conditions would benefit from Scleral Contact Lenses?

  • Severe dry eye syndrome
  • Keratoconus
  • Post-RK surgery
  • Corneal ectasia or irregularity from LASIK surgery
  • Scarred or irregular corneas
  • Irregular or high astigmatism

What should you expect during your Scleral Contact Lens examination and fitting?

  • Heartland Eye Consultants is one of only 40 private practices in the United States to have this technology and the only practice in Nebraska and Iowa to have the sMap3D mapping technology for a fully customizable scleral contact lens.
  • We offer the highest level of technological precision for mapping the shape of the eye with the sMap3D. Featuring 360-degree coverage and 10-micron precision, the sMap3D™ corneo-scleral topographer captures one million measurement points to create highly detailed maps of the cornea and sclera. The data collected informs the design of our totally customizable scleral lenses.

scleral lense mapping.

  • Corneal Topography – This is a map of the surface of your eye and provides detailed information on the shape and irregularities of the cornea.

scleral lense.

  • Full ocular examination and possible dilation to assess if candidate for scleral contact lenses.
  • Scleral Lens Fitting – A trial lens will be placed on the eye to check comfort and vision.
  • You will return 1-2 weeks later for examination of your custom designed scleral contact lens. It will be placed on the eye for an evaluation of your vision and fit of the scleral lens. If there are no further modifications apparent after this, you’ll be trained how to insert and remove your scleral contact lenses. You will also be trained on the care of your scleral contact lenses.
  • You will return in another 1-2 weeks to assess how your scleral contact lens fits your eye after a full day of wear. Any final modifications will be made if necessary for your final scleral contact lens design.
  • Depending on your condition, the scleral contact lens will be assessed every 6-12 months to insure proper fit and comfort for your eye.

Heartland Eye Consultants is proud to have Dr. Holly Ternus as the only Doctor in Nebraska to have received a Fellowship in the Scleral Contact Lens Education Society and provide this valuable service to our patients. It is life changing for many patients with irregular corneal conditions and dry eye syndrome.  Please call us today if you think you might be an ideal candidate for Scleral Contact Lenses or if you have any questions regarding this service.

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