Keratoconus and the design of Scleral Contact Lenses

Contacts are the perfect choice for people who want to keep their sight clear while participating in sports or other activities. But the convenience and comfort of contact lenses are often inaccessible to those who suffer from a common condition called keratoconus. Thankfully, a new technology called the Eaglet Eye Profiler is making this process much easier—and can now be found in Dr. Barry Leonard’s office! Read on to learn more about these innovative, specialized keratoconus contacts and whether they could be right for you.

What Is Keratoconus?

The cornea, the clear dome-shaped structure that covers the surface of your eye, normally focuses light into your eye. Keratoconus is an ocular condition that causes the cornea to bulge or thin, distorting its normal shape. Since the cornea can no longer properly focus light, vision becomes blurry and warped. This condition can be particularly debilitating, making everyday tasks like driving and reading very difficult.

Scleral keratoconus contacts can help with keratoconus because they never come into contact with the cornea and create a hydrating vault of fluid over the eye. They are perfect for people whose eyes do not naturally accept traditional contacts. Until this time, however, the process of fitting specialized scleral lenses required a lot of time and guesswork.

Difficulties of Keratoconus Contacts

Before now, optometrists fitted patients for scleral keratoconus contacts through a process known as corneal topography, which created a detailed map of the eye’s surface. By looking at this topographical representation, optometrists could figure out which parts of the eye had been distorted or dystrophied by the patient’s keratoconus. Since performing this task required a great deal of technical skill, it involved plenty of trial and error. Patients often had to schedule a dozen exams in order to determine the correct fit. Once the contacts arrived, they were sometimes uncomfortable or incorrectly fitted.

How Do Keratoconus Contacts Help?

Now, with the help of the Eaglet Eye Profiler, the process has become more efficient and precise. Using this innovative new equipment, Dr. Leonard and his staff can not only measure the whole cornea, but also specifically determine the shape and size of sclera (the white of the eye). This enables Dr. Leonard to streamline the process while still ensuring a perfect fit.

Since the fitting is more precise, the resulting scleral contacts are much more comfortable. You’ll be able to wear them for longer periods of time and enjoy clearer vision, while keeping your eyes moist and healthy. In addition, the Eaglet Profiler includes algorithms from every contact company in the world, enabling Dr. Leonard and his staff to order specialized scleral lenses for anyone.

Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more about these innovative new keratoconus contacts, please get in touch with Dr. Leonard and his staff at 818-891-6711 today! We use the Eaglet Profiler to ensure a precise fit and perfect comfort. And since the process is quicker and more efficient, you’ll be out of the office in no time. We would love to help you see more clearly and enjoy everyday life more.

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