Hi Cheryl, Yes the lens keeps my eye hydrated, however I still use eye ointment 24/7. I will give you a bit of history that will hopefully help you. I used eye ointment from the day of my surgery, blurry of course but no pain, eventually that changed. I told my eye doctor if nothing could be done then I wanted my eye removed. He sent me to a contact lens specialist that got me a lens similar to the scleral but didn't cost as much, still had to use eye ointment 24/7. The lens worked great for a couple of years then my eye became more painful then before the lens. My eye doctor then gave me the daily lens (she wanted to do that before but I was afraid to try it). Within 2 days I felt WAY better! For a while I was afraid that after a couple of years I wouldn't be able to use the daily lens either but that hasn't happened. My eye feels really great, better then it did with the scleral lens. If you don't use eye ointment 24/7 with the scleral lens you have then I wouldn't think you would need it with the daily lens either.
I'm so sorry to hear that you have corneal scarring, I don't but my eye doctor said I had the worst looking eye she had ever seen! She is doing a paper on my eye showing the changes the lens made so other doctors and the insurance companies will see how great the lens is. My eye doesn't close all the way and only blinks because my other eye does, I wear a patch at night.
I'm sure you would love the no cleaning and no maintenance the daily lens gives you. Hopefully the lens would treat you as well as it has me. Put the lens in your eye in the morning and throw it away at night, no mid day changes. It wouldn't cost you much to try it out. As they say on the board, I'm not a doctor so I can't say what you should do but hopefully you find an eye doctor like mine that is willing to try new things.
A lady named Dena King that use to be on this board told me about the scleral lens years ago, she helped give me my life back. I continue to read this board and post when I think I can help someone like she helped me. Goodluck, Jill Marie