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Scleral Lenses

Mobile Eye Clinic

Myopia Control

Dry Eye

Scleral Custom Contact Lenses

The Ideal Solution For:

  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Ocular Surface Disease
  • Surgery Complication
  • Extreme Dry Eye
  • And Other Corneal Conditions

Scleral Lenses: See Better & Live Comfortable

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Other Conditions That Can Benefit From Scleral Contact Lenses:

  • Corneal Ecstasia
  • Severe Dry Eyes
  • Sjorgen’s Syndrome
  • Stevens – Johnson syndrome
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Post Lasik Complications
  • Graft versus host disease
  • Post RK Complications
  • Severe Eye Allergies
  • Neurotrophic keratopathy
  • Post PRK Complications

Our optometrists are passionate about scleral lenses as they are the first contact lens that provides the ideal solution for patients with corneal irregularities or severe dry eye.

Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are designed using a digital topographical map of the eye, ensuring the best possible fit.

Scleral Contacts’ unique design provides patients with the ideal solution:

  • Vaulted rigid lens creates a new optical surface replacing the misshapen cornea, resulting in superior vision.
  • The lens is extra wide, which means that unlike regular contacts it sits on the white of the eye, preventing most of the discomfort commonly associated with corneal irregularities and contact lenses.
  • Due to the size of the lens, there is virtually no movement of the contact in the eye, leading to better vision and reduced discomfort.
  • For patients with severe dry eye from Sjorgens or other conditions, the vaulted design provides all day long relief with a special pocket for a lubricating solution.

Providing Advanced Scleral Lens Fitting For Patients From:

Hoffman Estates | Elgin | Carpentersville | Cary |

Palatine | Barrington | Crystal Lake | Huntley |

Schaumburg | Lake In The Hills | Woodstock |

Who Are The Ideal Candidates For Scleral Lenses?

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Keratoconus

Keratoconus is an eye condition that causes an irregular bulging or irregular shape of the cornea. This leads to discomfort and lower quality of vision.

According to research by the Boston Sight Foundation,

  • 78% of people with keratoconus problems seeing while driving at night.
  • 77% of keratoconus patients had issues with reading regular print.
  • 73% of keratoconus patients had difficulty with work or activities that required up close vision.
  • 59% of people with keratoconus complained of pain.

Scleral lenses provide the ideal solution for someone with keratoconus. The unique vaulted design means that less pressure is placed on the cornea, reducing the discomfort usually experienced with contact lenses. Furthermore, the clarity of vision is greatly improved with the vaulted design, as it provides the eye with an alternative, correctly shaped lens, for drastically improved vision. Learn more about Insertion & Removal of Contact Lenses.

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Corneal Irregularities & Ocular Surface Diseases

For patients with irregular corneas or ocular surface diseases, scleral lenses offer the best possible vision combined with the greatest comfort when compared to other contact lens modalities. Scleral lenses are the first option for patients with:

  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid marginal degeneration
  • Post-refractive eye surgery or LASIK
  • Post-corneal transplant
  • Post-penetrating keratoplasty
  • Corneal scarring
  • Irregular astigmatism
  • Eye injuries or burns
  • Scarring after an eye infection
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Severe cases of dry eye
  • Congenital defect Pterygium (conjunctival degeneration)

Meet Our Optometrists

Dr. Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth M. Atkinson, OD

Dr. Elizabeth is passionate about Scleral lenses, as she see’s first hand the results and consequent emotions that the patient has after switching over to Sclerals.

Dr. Elizabeth Atkinson says “The challenge with Scleral Lenses is that so many people just do not know about them. They are so versatile and provide solutions for so many kinds of patients, I foresee Sclerals becoming more and more prevalent with patients.”

Dr. William Atkinson

William Atkinson, OD

Dr. Bill has many years experience working with specialty contact lens fittings, and helping patients with Keratoconus in particular. Dr. Bill believes that Scleral Lenses are a cut above the rest of the options for patients with Keratoconus, but also for many other patients that have difficulty wearing contact lenses. What makes Scleral Lenses so game changing is the fact that they improve so many different aspects of the patients eye comfort and vision.

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Why Have I Not Heard Of Scleral Lenses Before?

Have you been told that you are not a candidate for contact lenses?

If you have issues with contact lenses and have not tried scleral lenses, we urge you to take another look. Scleral lenses are custom contact lenses that are designed to vault over the eye and rest on the white of the eye. This makes it the ideal contact lens for anyone with a condition that affects the surface of the cornea such as post LASIK surgery complications, Keratoconus, and Pellucid Marginal Degeneration.

Many optometrists and ophthalmologists do not have the equipment and training to fit patients with Scleral lenses. Because of this fact, many patients are left with the message that there is nothing that can be done, when in fact there is an ideal solution available. 

Are Scleral Lenses Comfortable?

A study by Visser (2007) assessed the patient's response to scleral lenses versus their previous method of vision correction.

  • 78.9% reported that scleral lenses improved comfort!
  • 78.2% reported that sclerals improved visual quality!
  • 87.7 reported that they felt overall satisfaction with scleral lenses!

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