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vickieastwood

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Tips on getting scleral lenses
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:19:02 pm »
Scleral lens are a wonderful solution for those of us with eye issues. They have helped me so much I wanted to share what I've learned with others. Here are my tips on starting the process.

1. scleral lens are measured by a special machine that takes thousands of measurements of your eye.

2. There are many ophthalmologists and corneal specialists who don't know anything about scleral lenses. Optometrists specializing in contact lenses seem to know more about them. Look for someone who specializes in sclerals and has the equipment to get your measurements.

3. People with Keritakosis(sp?) or dry eye disease also benefit from scleral lenses. Search for that, too to find a scleral provider.

4. Scleral lenses are pretty expensive but very much worth it. I learned that eye insurance may cover your scleral lenses, it usually covers for Keritakosis and your scleral eye care provider should be able to make the case for you to be covered as well. Mine were covered at 100% after ,y provider got involved.  Talk to your eye insurance, find someone who takes your insurance and escalate if you need to in order to get coverage.

Next I will think about tips on putting in and taking out your lenses. Feel free to post your tips too!


alabamajane

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Re: Tips on getting scleral lenses
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 08:02:57 pm »
Thanks for the info ,,, very informative and interesting!
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jessonia

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Re: Tips on getting scleral lenses
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2017, 05:55:28 am »
Thanks for this info, Vickie! I'm very much interested in a solution like this, as my biggest "nuisance" has been dry eye irritation and bumping around with a taped eye all day -I'm in a limbo stage right now while I wait to see how much more facial paralysis improves. I saw a neuroopthamologist my surgeon suggested I see and asked him about a protective lens -he said he was very against these lenses because of high likelihood of infections and damage to the eye which struck me as strange -he wanted to perform temporary tarsorrhaphy, which I ended up deciding against doing, that solution didn't sit right with me, and second opinions found it odd too and thought a gold weight would be better. I'd like to avoid eye surgery if possible. Did your doctor say anything about the drawback of scleral lenses, or anything to do to prevent infections or eye damage? I look forward to reading more about your experience and tips. Thanks again! -Jessica
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vickieastwood

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Re: Tips on getting scleral lenses
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 10:49:13 am »
Hi Jessonia, my opthomology surgeon didn't even know about scleral lenses, I don't believe they are trained in them. My guess is that yours just doesn't know anything about them so tried to steer you away. Basically they are hard contact lenses. The differences are that they are bigger ( covering and protecting your cornea), a machine take detailed measurements of your eye- up to 10,000 I think, and they are deeper so that you put drops in them that will stay against your eye all day while you wear them. The infection risk isn't any more than any contact wearer. I can't believe how much better my eye feels when I have them on. Any my vision went from legally blind to 20/30 in that eye. They are truly a blessing for me and it sounds like would help you too. Good luck and keep us informed!

 


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