Have you been told that you are not a contact lens candidate due to previous ocular surgery, corneal disease, dry eyes, and/or high prescription? If you answered “yes,” consider scleral contact lenses. Scleral lenses are large diameter, rigid gas permeable contact lenses. They provide excellent comfort and vision to patients with a variety of ocular conditions including keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, dry eye syndrome, and previous corneal surgery (corneal transplants, LASIK, PRK, RK, etc.).

Scleral contact lenses rest on the sclera, which is the white part of the eye, instead of the cornea. The sclera is less sensitive than the cornea making scleral contact lenses extremely comfortable. Scleral contact lenses also create a fluid-filled vault over the cornea. This creates a perfect optical surface and much improved vision when compared to traditional soft contact lenses and spectacles. The fluid-filled vault provides excellent vision and nourishes the cornea, making scleral lenses valuable in the treatment and management of ocular surface diseases such as Dry Eye Syndrome.

Scleral contact lenses are custom made to each patient’s eyes. To ensure success it requires advanced knowledge of the fitting process. Dr. Tucker earned her Fellowship from the Scleral Lens Society which distinguishes her as an expert scleral lens fitter and patients from all over Texas travel to see Dr. Tucker for fittings.

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