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Scleral Lenses

eye brown twinkle close upScleral contact lenses are large diameter rigid gas permeable contact lenses designed to pass over the cornea entirely, resting comfortably on the white of your eye, also known as the sclera. From this procedure, scleral lenses essentially replace the irregular surface of the cornea with a perfectly formed optical surface, giving you the perfectly crisp vision that far surpasses eyeglasses or other forms of vision correction. This extra area also allows the lens to be a liquid reservoir to provide extra comfort for those who otherwise may have comfort issues with regular contact lenses.

Noticeably larger than normal gas permeable lenses, scleral lenses vary in size from 14.5 mm to 24 mm across. The size of the scleral lens depends on what a person needs, which is often determined by the complexity of their eye condition. Mild keratoconus and abnormal astigmatism are usually considered less complicated and tend to require smaller, less costly, scleral lenses, whereas more advanced cases of keratoconus, severe and chronic dry eyes or advanced ocular diseases often are considered more complicated to treat, and usually require larger, more costly, scleral lenses.

Every person receives custom made scleral lenses to fit the unique contours of your eye. Specialty lenses require a specific expertise and a greater amount of time fitting than with standard gas permeable and soft contact lenses. In many cases, a digital map of your cornea will by created, displaying for your optometrist an image referred to as your “corneal topography.” This will help your eye doctor more easily find the right fit for you, and reduce the number of trial pairs and the amount of time spent in fitting.

Because of the increased amount of time that is required to obtain a corneal topography and customize a scleral lens that works best and is most comfortable for your eyes, as well as the larger material cost to produce, scleral lenses can be significantly more expensive than traditional gas permeable and soft contact lenses. Despite this, scleral lenses still remain the most comfortable and, in many cases, only way, to obtain comfortable, accurate vision for those suffering from severe dry eye, keratoconus and other similar eye conditions.

Vision Source Austin proudly uses Duette Scleral Lenses for the highest level of comfort plus versatility. Everyone has a unique pair of eyes, and Duette Scleral Lenses are designed to match each eye perfectly.

For more information on where scleral lenses may be used, view the following section:

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services, and Governor Greg Abott’s Executive Order GA-09 has mandated that all routine eye care be deferred until April 21 (subject to change) to help in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community.

What does this mean? If you have:

1. medical eye emergency

2. ran out of contact lenses and need to reorder

3. need to pick up an order you placed earlier

4. broke your glasses and need a repair or reorder

5. Running out of medications

Please text/call our office at 5124544401 or email us at info@visionsourceaustin.com.

We will do our utmost to help you with your vision needs.

For contact lens and eyeglass orders, we will offer curbside pickups (please call from your car when you arrive)

With sincerest wishes to you and your families for continued good health during this time, we thank you for your understanding and your continued support of our office. We remain at your service and look forward to welcoming you back to our office soon.

Sincerely

Dr Yu-Davis and staff

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Temporary reduced office hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please text us at 512-454-4401 to arrange other times if you are unable to make it during those hours.