Scleral lenses have gained popularity in recent years for their ability to address a wide range of vision problems, including severe astigmatism, keratoconus, and dry eye syndrome. These specialized contact lenses offer numerous benefits, but they also come with their fair share of questions and concerns. One common query is whether scleral lenses can get stuck in the eye. In this blog, we'll explore this frequently asked question and provide answers to help you better understand the safety and functionality of scleral lenses.
Understanding Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses are large, gas-permeable contact lenses that vault over the cornea and rest on the white part of the eye, known as the sclera. Unlike traditional contact lenses, which cover only the cornea, scleral lenses create a reservoir of tears between the lens and the eye's surface. This provides several advantages, including improved comfort and visual clarity for those with complex eye conditions.
The Concern: Will Scleral Lenses Get Stuck in My Eye?
One of the most common concerns people have when considering scleral lenses is the fear of them getting stuck in the eye. This worry is understandable, as the thought of a foreign object adhering to the eye's surface can be unsettling. However, it's crucial to understand that scleral lenses are designed with specific features to minimize the risk of getting stuck.
Here are some reasons why scleral lenses are unlikely to get stuck in your eye:
Size and Design: Scleral lenses are significantly larger in diameter than standard contact lenses. This extra size makes them less prone to displacement. Because of their rigid material, they are unable to “fold up” in the eye. Additionally, the design of scleral lenses ensures they maintain a stable position on the eye.
Scleral Lens Fitting: Scleral lenses are custom-fitted to each individual's eye shape and size. This precise fitting ensures a comfortable and secure fit, minimizing the chances of the lens moving or becoming dislodged.
Expert Guidance: Scleral lenses are typically fit and prescribed by experienced eye care professionals. These experts ensure that the lenses are suitable for your eyes and provide guidance on proper handling and care. They will teach you how to properly remove lenses and give you tools to do so.
** In my experience, nine times out of ten, if a patient calls me saying their lens is “stuck” in their eye, they have already removed the lens but they didn’t realize it and now they are using the plunger on their eye.
The best way to ensure this isn’t the case is to cover your other eye. If you can see very well, your lens is likely still in the eye. If your vision is very blurry, you likely do not have a lens in the eye and it is probably on your counter, floor, or stuck to your clothing! **
Tips for Safe and Comfortable Scleral Lens Use
To further reduce the risk of any discomfort or complications with scleral lenses, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:
Follow Care Instructions: Always follow the cleaning and disinfecting instructions provided by your eye care professional. Proper hygiene is crucial to maintaining eye health and lens longevity.
Handle with Clean Hands: Wash your hands thoroughly before handling scleral lenses. This minimizes the risk of introducing dirt or bacteria to your eyes.
Regular Check-Ups: Schedule regular follow-up appointments with your eye care provider to ensure your lenses are fitting correctly and to address any concerns.
Emergency Protocol: If you ever feel discomfort or suspect your lens is stuck in the eye, stop trying to remove the lens and consult your eye care professional.
Scleral lenses can provide exceptional visual clarity and comfort for those with challenging eye conditions. While the fear of them getting stuck in the eye is a common concern, it's essential to understand that with proper fitting, care, and guidance from your eye care provider, the risk of this happening is minimal.
If you are considering scleral lenses to improve your vision, Book a consultation with us and we will address your specific needs and provide you with the necessary information and support for safe and comfortable lens use.