Determining the need for specialty contact lenses often comes from facing challenges with conventional lenses or specific eye conditions such as corneal conditions, dry eye, and myopia in children.
Here's how you might identify the need:
Lifestyle: Contact lenses such as OrthoK lenses worn while sleeping are perfect for athletes, first responders, or anyone who wants to be glasses and contact lens free all day.
Scleral lenses are large-diameter, rigid gas-permeable contact lenses that rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye) and vault over the cornea. These lenses are often considered the gold-standard of contact lenses due to their superior comfort and crystal clear vision. Scleral lenses are often recommended for patients with corneal conditions, severe dry eye, or those who have not had success with other forms of contact lenses.
Dry eye syndrome is a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears or the right quality of tears to stay naturally lubricated. This can make wearing conventional contact lenses, even those that work for mild dry eye, extremely uncomfortable.
While there are many lenses for mild dry eye, scleral lenses are the gold-standard for moderate to severe dry eye, providing even the most dry eyes a moist and comfortable environment.