Contact lens research and development has made progress by leaps and bounds in designing lenses that are comfortable and provide even clearer vision than the choices of the past. For those who have had a hard time wearing contacts or have conditions that traditionally barred them from wearing contact lenses, these options may be for you.
Scleral Contact Lenses
The very first commercial contact lens design invented a hundred years ago is now rapidly gaining favor with eye doctors who specialize in contacts. With the advent of new, more breathable materials, these lenses solve issues that other contacts can’t.
Sclerals are large rigid lenses that vault over the sensitive cornea and rest out onto the white of the eye, avoiding the lens edge hitting the eyelid margin and improving comfort over the typical “hard lens”. Tears fill the void between the back of the lens and the front of the cornea.
Sclerals improve vision over that of glasses or standard contacts in those with corneal injuries, surgical complications after RK or LASIK and in cases of high astigmatism. Another growing use is for relief of discomfort and blur seen in moderate to severe dry eyes that are unresponsive to traditional dry eye therapy.
Hybrid Contact Lenses
The term hybrid means blend. In the case of contact lenses, it means an oxygen permeable (breathable) hard lens center encircled by a soft lens edge or skirt.
This lens design is used by practitioners who specialize in contacts for hard-to-fit patients. Its soft edge provides comfort and stability on the eye, and the rigid center improves vision over standard soft lenses or glasses in those with irregular corneal surfaces. In that way, the Synergeyes brand hybrid lenses work like a scleral lens. The difference is that it’s a reduced in size design and might be the better choice for smaller eyes.
Accent Vision Specialists are the premier local providers of contact lenses, with the largest inventory of in-stock lenses in Santa Fe. Our experience and depth of knowledge enables us to prescribe comfortable lenses for your needs, even in difficult to fit cases. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and see what options are available. We look forward to serving you!