Scleral lenses have truly gained increased popularity over the last few years. Not only are they remarkable at addressing irregular astigmatism, they have an amazing way of optimizing vision and comfort. Another mode of treatment explored by practitioners is its way of addressing ocular surface disease. In these cases, the scleral lenses serve as a therapeutic device in rehabilitating the ocular surface.
An interesting review was recently submitted in the Journal of Optometry where a practitioner revealed a case of a 48-year-old male who had been diagnosed with Graves’ ophthalmopathy. In addition to the excessive ocular surface staining, the patient had over ten diopters of astigmatism making previous contact lens wear virtually impossible.
The report went on to show that with a little care the patients result with scleral lenses was an absolute success. On his 5 months follow up there was a noticeable increase in the clarity of his vision, quality of his vision, and an improvement in ocular comfort1.
Are you taking advantage of the benefits of scleral lenses? How are you using them in your practice? Let us know in the comments section below.
Jason E. Compton OD FAAO
- Harthan, Jennifer S. Therapeutic use of mini-scleral lenses in a patient with Graves’ ophthalmopathy. J Optom. Jan 2014; 7(1): 62–66.