Scleral lenses are custom-made, large-diameter rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contact lenses that offer a variety of advantages to patients with a wide variety of ocular conditions, corneal irregularities, and/or visual impairments. These inventive contact lenses provide a precise, customised fit. Patients who have had little success donning standard RGP contact lenses or traditional soft lenses are known to benefit from these lenses.

If you have just received a prescription for scleral lenses, these are 5 things you can anticipate once you begin donning them.

1. Proper fitting is essential.

In contrast to other contact lenses, scleral lenses have a specialised design and are tailored to suit your eyes with absolute precision. However, you must first undergo an eye exam to obtain a comfortable fit that provides the highest level of vision correction.

During the exam, your doctor will take measurements of your eyes and evaluate the alignment of your lenses. In addition, your doctor will determine the lens power to provide you with the clearest vision. During this initial appointment, you will have the opportunity to test on diagnostic scleral contact lenses and experience the potential vision and comfort they will offer. Scleral contact lenses are known for providing vision correction that is crisper and clearer than spectacles and other types of contact lenses. Next, your doctor will design and order your lenses, and you must return them in about two weeks to receive them. During the second visit, you will learn how to insert, remove, and care for them. Finally, your physician will determine if adjustments are necessary to enhance fit, comfort, or vision. We are always available to assist you with difficult-to-fit contact lenses.

2. Your eyes will eventually adapt to scleral lenses.

Scleral lenses have a significantly larger diameter than other contact lenses. The diameter can vary between 14.5 mm and 24 mm. The lenses’ large diameter and fixed shape enable them to ascend over the cornea and rest solely on the conjunctiva that covers the sclera or the transparent white part of the eye. This may require some adjustment time. Even though scleral lenses are commonly quite pleasant to wear, it may take up to ten days to adjust to your new lenses. Your physician will provide recommendations for navigating this adjustment period with ease.

3. Wear scleral lenses only when your eyes are not irritated.

Do not wear your contact lenses if your eyes are inflamed or you suspect an infection. If your eyes become irritated after hours of wearing your glasses, remove them to give your eyes a vacation and allow them to recuperate, and then consult your eye doctor.

4. Take care of your lenses.

When you receive your contact lenses, your eye doctor will provide detailed maintenance instructions. General recommendations include maintaining short fingernails and always cleansing your hands before handling your lenses. In addition, it is essential to sanitise your contact lenses after every use of the products recommended by your doctor. Finally, your physician will suggest a case for storing them, which must be kept clean and dry when not in use. Proper maintenance ensures that your scleral lenses last longer and are less susceptible to infection. With proper maintenance, scleral lenses should last between two and five years.

5. You cannot sleep while wearing your contacts.

Sleeping while wearing contact lenses is prohibited unless an eye care professional specifically recommends it. Even if you take a brief siesta, you should always remove your contact lenses before bedtime.