Scleral & Keratoconus Contact Lenses
At Vision Source - Orland Park, we design lenses for challenging eyes.
Scleral Contact Lenses offer keratoconus & irregular cornea patients many advantages compared to traditional contact lenses, including:
- sharp vision
- stable vision
- reduced glare
- improved vision for night time driving and driving when raining or snowing
We design Scleral contact lenses to vault over the most sensitive part of your eye and rest gently on the “white” of your eye (the sclera). This makes them significantly more comfortable because they do not rub on or touch your cornea.
Any irregularities in the surface of your cornea are then filled in with a gentle layer of cushioning liquid that helps provide a smooth clear surface to optimize your vision.
Scleral Contact Lenses are especially helpful for the following conditions:
- Irregular corneas. Vision problems like ghosting, halos, double vision, & distortions caused by an irregularly shaped cornea typically cannot be properly corrected with glasses or soft contact lenses.
- Dry eyes. If your eyes are too dry for conventional contact lenses, Scleral Contact Lenses can help. They act like a band-aid creating a prosthetic shield that gives a continuous protective tear reservoir to keep the front of your eye more moist and comfortable. Scleral Contact Lenses can be very helpful for severe dry eye caused by Sjögren’s Syndrome and other autoimmune disorders. For many severe dry eye patients with red, painful, light-sensitive eyes, the continuous hydration from scleral lenses provides a dramatic improvement in comfort. Our Dry Eye patients love their Scleral lenses.
It is amazing how such a small piece of technology can make such a difference to the lives of our patients.
We have established expertise in medically necessary contact lenses in cases such as:
- Pellucid Marginal Degeneration (PMD)
- Complex pre- and post-surgical cases (Lasik, PRK, RK)
- After corneal transplant surgery
- Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) seen in Sjögren’s Syndrome
Scleral lenses are also highly effective for managing debilitating glare many patients experience years after undergoing Radial Keratotomy surgery (R-K).
We use many advanced specialized contact lens designs to give our patients the best attainable result, including:
- Zenlens & Zen RC
- BostonSight Scleral Smart 360
- Custom Stable Elite
- Gaudí Digitally Designed
- Maxim 3D by Acculens
- Onefit 2.0 & Onefit MED
- Synergeyes UltraHealth
- ScanFitPRO by EyePrint Prosthetics–totally digitally designed from our Eaglet ESP scanner
- WAVE custom scleral lenses–also totally digitally designed with our Eagle ESP scanner
- & many others.
Dr. Joseph DiGiorgio and Dr. Stephanie DiGiorgio are certified to fit the BostonSight SCLERAL lenses. These unique scleral lenses are designed based on data gathered from thousands of challenging cases involving irregular and diseased corneas used by the Boston Foundation, developers of the PROSE lens.
Does my insurance cover scleral lenses?
Many vision plans and some medical insurances will cover scleral lens fittings for certain conditions and prescriptions. This is called medically necessary contact lens coverage. Our office can help determine if you have this option and if your condition qualifies for this coverage with your insurance.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. DiGiorgio and the team at Vision Source - Orland Park for a custom Scleral Contact Lens evaluation to see the difference scleral lenses make for your eyes.