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Tips For Wearing Scleral Lenses

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Scleral lenses are ideal for patients with corneal irregularities, dry eyes, and hard-to-fit eyes. Their uniquely large circumference offers the best in visual comfort and clarity. But wearing and caring for your scleral lenses can take some getting used to.

Below are our top 5 tips for anyone who wears scleral lenses. If you have questions about scleral lenses or any other optometric matter, Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center in Cedar Park is here for you.

1. Lens Hygiene is Top Priority

Keeping your scleral lenses hygienic and free of buildup is key in ensuring the clearest possible vision. When you remove them from your eyes, rub them for several seconds with lens cleaner to remove surface debris and bacteria. Then, rinse them on both sides with saline solution before storing them.

Another hygiene tip: Before handling your lenses, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water, and to rinse and dry them with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Good hygiene will significantly minimize possible complications and keep your eyes feeling fresh.

2. Manage Your Dry Eye

Many patients with dry eye syndrome (DES) choose to wear scleral lenses for their hydrating and soothing properties. While sclerals can offer substantial relief from their dry eye symptoms, patients shouldn’t forget to seek treatment for their DES.

That’s because scleral lenses help manage dry eye, but don’t actually treat it. So, it’s best to follow up with your eye doctor about any eye drops, medications, or at-home remedies to support healthy tears.

3. Use a Cotton Swab For Cleaning

Patients with long fingernails can find it challenging to thoroughly clean their scleral lenses. Rubbing the inside bowl of the lens with a cotton swab and cleaning solution can effectively remove the buildup from the lens. Then, rinse off the cleaning solution with saline to remove the cleaning solution and any lint from the cotton swab.

4. Try Different Insertion Tools

Is your current insertion method not working as smoothly as you’d like? No worries! Ask your eye doctor about different tools you can use, such as the O-ring or applicator ring.

But please only insert your lens with tools that your eye doctor recommends!

5. Follow Up With Your Eye Doctor

Because scleral lenses are customized, they often require a few visits with your optometrist to optimize their fit. Even after the fitting process is complete, follow-ups will help ensure that your lenses are still in good condition.

If your scleral lenses are giving you any trouble at all, we can help. To schedule your scleral lens consultation, call us today!

Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center serves patients in Austin, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, Round Rock, and throughout Austin.

Frequently Asked Questions with Our Scleral Lenses Expert in Austin, Texas :

Q: How do scleral lenses work?

  • A: Scleral lenses rest and vault over the entire sclera (white of the eye), encasing a hydrating reservoir in between the lens and the cornea (front surface of the eye). This allows people with irregular corneas to wear contact lenses, since the lens isn’t in direct contact with the cornea itself.

Q: How long do scleral lenses last?

  • A: Scleral lenses generally last 1-2 years, depending on how well you care for them and how your tear film reacts with them. Even so, check-ups every 6 months are recommended to ensure they still fit well and provide clear vision.


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Can Dry Eye Treatment Help with Photophobia?

If you suffer from light sensitivity, our eye doctor in Cedar Park, Texas , can help!

Photophobia, defined as light sensitivity, can make it uncomfortable for you to be in environments with bright light. If you think about it, the whole concept of light sensitivity is somewhat unusual – because light is an integral part of vision. Without light, the entire process of vision cannot take place. So what causes photophobia?

At Lakeline Vision Source, we’ve diagnosed many of our photophobic patients with dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome, which currently affects about one-third of the worldwide population, can cause ocular stinging, eye fatigue, burning, and redness. In addition to these painful symptoms, dry eyes often cause light sensitivity.

Are dry eyes and photophobia a common combination?

Yes! Some studies have shown that three out every four individuals with dry eyes also suffer from extreme light sensitivity. One reason for this could be because a dry ocular surface has irregularities that disperse light entering the eye, leading to photophobia. Frequently, exposure to light can also trigger dry eye symptoms. But not all light is equal, and the following types of light are more likely to lead to the discomfort of dry eyes:

  • Computer and digital screens (any light source that emits a high quantity of blue light)
  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Flashing or flickering lights
  • Watching TV
  • Bright sunlight

Can dry eye treatments help with light sensitivity?

The effects of dry eyes and photophobia can be severe, with symptoms that seriously affect your daily living and quality of life. Disturbed vision and lower pain tolerance are some challenges caused by dry eyes. Combined with photophobia, many people suffer emotionally and physically, especially when these problems lead to social isolation, anxiety and depression. Fortunately, a variety of techniques and remedies may help. Our Cedar Park eye doctor shares the following tips:

  • Try indoor light sensitivity glasses – These specialty glasses are tinted for indoor use. They filter certain wavelengths of blue light that can worsen photophobia caused by dry eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors – Polarized lenses to cut down the sun’s glare, as well as rose-colored that help block the blue light sunglasses are both known to be particularly helpful. Be sure to buy sunglasses with UV protection, and consider wraparound styles because they block the highest amount of light. One important point – don’t wear sunglasses indoors! It can worsen your photophobia. Sometimes, gradual exposure to more light can improve the symptoms of light sensitivity.
  • Visit your eye doctor for dry eye treatments – By treating your dry eyes, we can help eliminate your light sensitivity. First, you need a specialized dry eye exam to identify the root of the problem. Then, our eye doctor will recommend the most suitable dry eye treatment, such as medicated eye drops, drugs to increase tear production, anti-inflammatory medicines, or even lubricating eye inserts.

Photophobia and dry eyes? Visit our Cedar Park, Texas , eye care center for an eye exam.

At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.

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