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FAQ About Scleral Lenses and Keratoconus

Welcome to our FAQ page, where we delve into some of the most frequently asked questions about keratoconus, shedding light on treatments such as Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL), corneal transplants, scleral lenses, PROSE, EyePrint Pro, and more. This resource is designed to provide clarity and insight into various aspects of keratoconus treatments, helping you navigate your journey with informed confidence.

Keratoconus Specialists of Maryland, where we have been dedicated to providing expert care for individuals with keratoconus for over 40 years. Our practice is at the forefront of keratoconus treatment, offering a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those with keratoconus, our team is committed to delivering the highest quality of care. We pride ourselves on our ability to restore hope and improve the vision of many patients who had previously felt hopeless about their condition. Our personalized approach ensures that every patient receives the best possible treatment, empowering them to achieve better vision and an enhanced quality of life.

We are proud to serve patients from across Maryland, including the cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bethesda, Columbia, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Rockville, and Towson. We also welcome many patients traveling from Virginia, including Alexandria, Fairfax, Reston, Tysons, and Vienna, as well as from Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, and York.

FAQs on Scleral Lenses and Keratoconus

What are scleral lenses and how do they work for keratoconus?

Scleral lenses are large, gas permeable contact lenses that rest on the white part of the eye (sclera) and vault over the cornea. They are custom-made to fit the unique shape of each individual’s eye and can improve visual acuity and comfort by providing a stable, even surface over the cornea. Scleral lenses help to correct visual distortions caused by keratoconus by refracting light onto the retina.

How do scleral lenses compare to traditional contact lenses or eyeglasses for people with keratoconus?

Scleral lenses are typically used to correct vision in people with irregular corneas, such as those with keratoconus. They provide more stable and comfortable vision than traditional contact lenses or eyeglasses by covering more of the eye and offering a custom fit.

Are scleral lenses comfortable to wear, and can they be worn for long periods of time?

Scleral lenses are generally considered to be comfortable to wear, especially when compared to traditional contact lenses. They are larger and cover more of the eye, which can make them more comfortable for people with certain types of eye conditions. However, comfort can vary from person to person.

How long do scleral lenses last and how often do they need to be replaced?

Scleral lenses typically last for about one to two years before they need to be replaced. The exact lifespan depends on how well they are cared for and the specific type of lens. Regular check-ups are important to ensure the lenses are still in good condition.

Can scleral lenses correct vision in both eyes at the same time?

Yes, scleral lenses are designed to correct vision in both eyes simultaneously. They cover the entire cornea and part of the sclera, allowing them to correct vision in both eyes.