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Why Scleral Lenses Are Beneficial For Patients With Dry Eyes.

dry eye before and after scleral lens treatment by dr morrison
dry eye before and after scleral lens treatment

The above is a photo of a very dry and red eye (on the left) and a white calm eye on the right. The left is the first time inserting a scleral lens and the right photo is after six months of dry eye management with scleral lenses.

Living with dry eyes can be a constant struggle, affecting your daily life and overall comfort. As an experienced optometrist and contact lens specialist, I have witnessed the transformative power of scleral lenses in providing relief for patients with dry eye syndrome. In this blog post, we will explore the remarkable benefits of scleral lenses specifically tailored to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with dry eyes. Let's dive in and discover why scleral lenses are an oasis for those seeking respite from the desert of dry eyes.

1. Continuous Hydration:

Scleral lenses create a reservoir of tear-filled space between the lens and the cornea. This unique design allows for continuous hydration of the ocular surface throughout the day. By providing a protective shield over the cornea, scleral lenses prevent excessive evaporation of tears and maintain a stable tear film. This constant presence of moisture alleviates the discomfort associated with dry eyes and helps reduce symptoms such as stinging, burning, and gritty sensations.

2. Reduced Friction and Irritation:

Dry eyes often lead to increased friction between the cornea and traditional contact lenses, exacerbating discomfort. However, scleral lenses effectively eliminate this issue. As these lenses do not directly touch the cornea, they minimize friction and irritation, providing a comfortable wearing experience. The smooth and lubricated surface of scleral lenses ensures minimal interaction with the sensitive ocular tissues, making them an excellent choice for individuals suffering from dry eye syndrome.

3. Protection from Environmental Factors:

Patients with dry eyes are more susceptible to environmental factors, such as dust, allergens, and pollutants, which can exacerbate their symptoms. Scleral lenses act as a barrier, shielding the ocular surface from these external irritants. The large diameter of scleral lenses extends beyond the cornea and covers the white part of the eye (sclera), creating a protective shield. This barrier helps reduce exposure to environmental factors, allowing individuals to enjoy outdoor activities without the fear of triggering dry eye symptoms.

4. Increased Tear Stability:

One of the primary causes of dry eyes is an unstable tear film. The tear reservoir formed by scleral lenses helps stabilize the tear film, preventing rapid evaporation and maintaining its integrity. The lens design allows tears to circulate beneath the lens, promoting an optimal environment for tear stability. This enhanced tear stability not only reduces dryness but also promotes better visual clarity and overall ocular health.

5. Customized Moisture Solutions:

Every individual's dry eye condition is unique, and one-size-fits-all solutions often fall short. Scleral lenses offer a customizable approach to managing dry eyes. They can be filled with preservative-free artificial tears or lubricating solutions before insertion. This customization allows for tailored management of dry eye symptoms, providing a personalized solution for each patient's specific needs. The ability to customize moisture solutions makes scleral lenses a versatile and effective option for managing dry eyes.


Dry eye syndrome can significantly impact your quality of life, making simple tasks a constant struggle. However, scleral lenses offer a glimmer of hope for those seeking relief from dry eyes. With their continuous hydration, reduced friction, protection from environmental factors, increased tear stability, and customizable moisture solutions, scleral lenses provide an oasis for dry eyes. If you have been battling the desert of dry eyes, I encourage you to consult with an experienced optometrist to explore the benefits of scleral lenses and embark on a journey towards improved eye comfort and visual well-being.

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