Gas-Permeable Scleral Contact Lenses
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Are they expensive?
scleral contact lenses can last for many years, in the long term they
are very much cheaper than conventional and Disposable types, initial
costs are more but payments can be made over an agreed period. Inability
to afford does not exclude suitable patients from fitting.
long does a fitting take?
Usually several sessions are needed. If necessary a full day could be
3.) Are they easy to insert and remove?
Usually one of several different methods suits someone the best and with
practice becomes second nature ultimately many people can do it in complete
darkness if necessary!
they difficult and expensive to maintain?
No! They can be washed and rinsed with normal saline, stored and sterilised
like all conventional lenses.
they hurt/break in the eye? or drop out easily?
No! Because of their larger size resting on the white of the eye, well
underneath the lids - makes them secure from falling out and comfortable
as the lids glide over the smooth front surface without any edge contact.
Their additional thickness makes them much stronger - but they are still
brittle and could crack if mishandled.
if I have allergies?
Different gas-permeable lens material are available and the best suitable
to your problem can be used.
about after-care and follow up?
This is continuous and annual for fully fitted non-medical cases. Any
medical cases must be seen following final fitting for an appraisal by
an Ophthalmologist, and follow up as recommended.