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With digital devices being all the rage today, more and more people experience dry eyes syndrome. And if you wear contact lenses, the itchiness and burning can get really uncomfortable. Unfortunately, many contact lens wearers have resorted to wearing glasses because of the discomfort dry eyes symptoms bring.
Ongoing advances in optical technology have brought about specialized lenses, called scleral contacts, to provide relief for dry eyes sufferers. Read on as a Marysville, WA optometrist discusses dry eyes and how scleral lenses work.
Your eyes naturally produce tears on an ongoing basis. The tears create a moisturizing that’s supposed to keep your eyes lubricated.
Dry eyes develop for one of three reasons (or all three reasons):
Here are the symptoms to watch for:
Scleral lenses form a mini-dome overtop the cornea, creating a fluid-filled reservoir. In effect, the reservoir helps maintain moisture levels by keeping your tears from evaporating.
Scleral lenses not only help keep your eyes moist, but the gentle pressure of the fluid helps smooth out imperfections along the cornea’s surface. Since imperfections on the cornea account for diminished vision, this smoothing effect produces noticeably clearer vision for the wearer.
Most anyone who experiences dry eyes can reap the benefits of scleral lenses, even people who don’t need corrective eyewear. They also work especially well for people who have corneal irregularities.
As mentioned before, corneal irregularities account for many types of vision problems. If your cornea doesn’t have a perfect dome shape, you won’t see as clearly as you should. This goes for glasses and contact lens wearers alike. Scleral lenses fix this problem.
Corneal-related conditions that can be improved by wearing scleral lenses include:
If you have more questions or want to schedule a consultation, feel free to call our Marysville, WA optometry office today!