Scleral Contact Lens In Seattle
Scleral Lenses: Revolutionary Contact Lens Technology Providing Incredible Comfort And Visual Clarity
Dr. Ross Cusic provides advanced contact lens fitting at Specialty Contact Lens Center At Optical Images serving patients from Seattle , Bellingham , Olympia, Vancouver
Scleral Lenses For Keratoconus And Other Eye Conditions
Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with the following eye conditions:
Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with certain eye conditions:
- Severe Dry Eyes
- Post-refractive surgical complications
- Post LASIK eye surgery complications
- Post RK eye surgery complications
- Post PRK eye surgery complications
- Severe astigmatism
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
- Trauma to the cornea
- Corneal ectasia,
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Post Corneal Graft
- Irregular Cornea
- Severe Dry Eye
- Ocular Pemphigoid
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
- Rarer conditions include:
- Basal membrane dystrophy,
- Meesman's dystrophy,
- Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy,
- Thiel-Benke's dystrophy,
- Macular dystrophy
Scleral Lenses For Keratoconus And Other Eye Conditions
The clear tissue on the eye’s outermost surface covering the pupil and the iris, is called the cornea. Mainly, the cornea’s function is to bend and focus light going into the eyes. Normally, the cornea has a smooth shape. When the shape of the cornea becomes irregular, the light entering the eyes is not focused properly. Consequently, an individual will suffer distorted and irregular vision.
Keratoconus is a condition of the cornea that affects between .1% to .5% of the population, or 300 thousand to 1.6 million Americans. Keratoconus causes severe vision loss and discomfort, and is effectively corrected with scleral contact lenses. The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Optical Images provides advanced eye care for keratoconus patients from all over the state of Washington including many patients from Seattle ,Bellingham ,Olympia, and Vancouver.
Our eye doctor has helped many patients that were legally blind due to corneal scarring, regain excellent vision after being properly fit with Scleral Lenses.
Athlete's, law enforcement, construction workers, actors, and others are great candidates for scleral lenses. Because of their large diameter, scleral lenses protect the eye by preventing dirt and debris, do not move when active.
People suffering from severe dry eye can find therapeutic benefits from transitioning to custom designed scleral lenses. Sclerals keep the cornea moisturized and protected while minimizing irritation to the eyelids and the rest of the eye.
Scleral lenses are extremely effective at correcting for higher amounts of astigmatism and irregular astigmatism. Because of their rigidity, they correct for astigmatism which allows for excellent vision even for people with high amounts of astigmatism.
Scleral contacts are an ideal option for anyone that has higher amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. They can also be made as bifocal contact lenses. Because scleral contacts are firmly positioned on the eye and do not move as soft contact lenses do, they work well as bifocal contact lenses.
All scleral lenses rest on the white part of the eye, the sclera. The exact diameter and space between the cornea and sclera is determined by our optometrist, Dr. Ross Cusic, varying from a few millimeters away, called mini scleral lenses, to much larger full scleral contact lenses that are usually recommended on very irregular corneal surfaces.
What Is The Cost Of Scleral Lenses? What Is The Process Of A Scleral Lens Fitting?
Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are custom fit to the eye, requiring significantly more training on the part of the optometrist, expensive equipment, and multiple visits to achieve the optimal fit. In addition to the fitting process, the patient must also be trained on how to properly care, insert, and remove scleral lenses. Because of these reasons, professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher than other contact lenses. We are happy to discuss your specific costs and payment options based on your individual needs.
Does Vision Or Medical Insurance Cover The Cost Of Scleral Lenses?
Scleral lenses are not automatically covered by vision or medical insurance, and while most vision insurances will reimburse for medically necessary contact lens, the rates and restrictions vary greatly from one vision insurance provider to the next. Depending on your plan, some of the costs associated with professional fitting or lenses may be covered. In general, medical insurance do not cover scleral lens fittings. Our insurance team will provide assistance in helping you apply any insurance benefits towards your Scleral Lenses. However, given that insurance policies vary widely we cannot guarantee how much coverage you will receive from your insurance.
Patients with Down Syndrome overwhelmingly require eye care, with 70% requiring glasses and 45% of people with down syndrome have strabismus, which is usually best treated by a Vision Therapy Optometrist. Furthermore, there are a variety of ocular diseases associated with Down Syndrome patients such as tear duct abnormalities that can lead to severe discomfort, keratoconus (misshapen cornea) and congenital cataracts. A patient with down syndrome will also require specialized glasses made for their unique facial features.
Dr. Ross Cusic fits custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. We then make the sclerals to exactly match. This custom design provides the highest level of comfort and visual acuity, using microscopic adjustments with new advanced technology to customize the fit of each lens.
Our optometrist, Dr. Ross Cusic, has experience fitting a wide variety of contact lenses for all virtually every type of patient. Our professional eye doctor also uses some of the latest technology for advanced contact lens fitting.
Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.
Scleral Lenses are the Gold Standard Of Contact Lens Comfort and Work for Just about Anyone
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We Asked Five Patients About Their Experience With Scleral Lenses
How has your vision been since switching to scleral lenses? It has been very clear, a lot better than my soft contacts and lot more comfortable all day. My favorite thing is that I can tell that my vision is corrected as perfectly as it can.
How did your life change when you got scleral lenses? It changed dramatically, I am a traveling nurse, driving early morning and late at night. I can now drive at night and the lights don't bother me, It has helped me tremendously for my job. I have been wearing sclerals for over 3 years and I could never go back to regular hard contacts.
Tell us what your vision was like with your old contacts? I had 20/50 vision with contact lenses, and now I can see 20/25 and I have gone down on my reading glasses from 2.0 to 1.5. And the great part is I can’t even tell I have anything in my eyes. The biggest thing about sclerals is keeping them clean and taking care of them.
What is your history? I was a keratoconus patient, I first had a corneal transplant on one eye and then the other. Did you try contacts after corneal transplant? I did but after 2 hours they hurt too much. Tell me the difference in your vision? There are no words to articulate, when I look at people I see detail like never before, it is like night and day.
What is your vision history? In middle school I was diagnosed with Astigmatism and wore contact lenses, but in college I started having issues and was diagnosed as having the early stages Keratoconus. I went to a lot of eye doctors, tried a lot of contacts, and eventually I underwent corneal transplant. The surgery was not successful, and my vision remained as it was before surgery. Driving at night was no longer something that I could do because of blinding glare. Scleral Lenses literally changed my life, I didn’t know what I was missing.