Sclerals are the next big thing in optometry

Sclerals have become the next big thing in optometry clearly because of the power they have to change patients lives.

We have had numerous patients come to our specialty lens clinic with a caregiver or family member due to the fact that they did not have the legal requirement for driving in glasses and they were unable to comfortably wear small diameter rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP).

Fortunately, when we completed the scleral lens fitting, the patient’s vision was quite often 20/20 or at least good enough to resume driving legally.

This why I love my job

Recently, a 68-year-old Venezuelan keratoconus patient visually disabled since he was a teenager was fit in sclerals.

Usually, when a patient comes from more than two hours away, we begin the fit with a trial scleral lens and then insert a soft contact lens (CL) on top of the scleral (like a reverse piggy-back).

This enables the patient to see while the lens settles for a few hours. In this case, the patient was offered a +8.00 soft CL yet he refused it because he said in Spanish, “I’m always blurry, this is just a different borroso!”

When he got his new sclerals his entire demeanor changed and excitedly told us that he wants to wear them full time and will request to be buried in his lenses so he can see everything in heaven. 

This why I love my job and you will too if you go down the path to learn to fit sclerals.