Are you looking for scleral contact lenses in Sydney?
At Westmead Eyes Optometrists Western Sydney we are trained in the fitting and prescribing of scleral contact lenses. These lenses are especially helpful for patients with keratoconus, corneal grafts or transplants, corneal scars, and severe dry eyes.
Our patients are referred to us throughout Sydney from both general optometrists and eye specialists for this specialty service. We also help a large number of patients who have found us on their own accord looking for a better solution than their current contact lenses.
What are scleral contact lenses?
Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter gas permeable (GP) contact lenses that rest on the white of the eye and not directly on the cornea (the clear white area). They are very comfortable for patients, as they vault over the entire ocular surface that has the highest amount of nerves. A scleral lens is actually very comfortable even the first time we put the lens on, so this is a great option for sensitive eyes or irregular corneas. They do not dislodge or pop out of the eye, which is a common problem with corneal gas permeable lenses.
Scleral lenses are only fitted by a practitioner trained in this technology, and we are proud to offer the latest technology in scleral lens options. We are fortunate to have access to accurate tools including anterior OCT, corneal topography, and scleral profilometry (sMap3D) to design and precisely fit even the most complex cornea conditions.
Scleral lenses may offer clarity and comfort for patients who have been previously told they were not good candidates for contacts or who have been unsuccessful with other types of contact lenses. When the need is there, a scleral lens can often solve problems that are unsolvable through any other means.
Our scleral lens patients fall into a number of categories:
Those for whom corneal transplant surgery is an option. With careful contact lens fitting most patients will not require a corneal transplant
- Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
- Scarred corneas due to injury or disease
- Irregular or high astigmatism
- Failed or unsuccessful previous corneal surgery:
- Radial keratotomy
- Laser Refractive Surgery. (LASIK, LASEK, PRK)
- Corneal grafts/ transplants which do not have satisfactory vision.
Those for whom a Scleral contact lens is indicated for corneal protection.
- Severe dry eyes
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Graft vs Host disease (GvHD)
- Neurotrophic corneal disease
- Sjorgren’s syndrome
- Chemical and burn injuries
Those who want superior optics and stable vision. They may be unsatisfied with their current contact lenses and/or glasses.
- Complicated prescriptions:
- High astigmatism
- High myopia/ hyperopia
- Multifocal contact lenses wearers who do not have comfortable vision
- Athletes to improve sports performance
How much are scleral lenses?
We charge a package fee from $3150, which includes all the consultations involved and ongoing reviews, one pair of scleral lenses and a lens care kit to get you started. This will cover a basic set of scleral lenses that will improve your vision. Additional charges may apply for eyes which require more complex designs. One set of scleral lenses can typically last 2 years if they are well looked after. All scleral lens orders have a 90 day warranty to cover for any modifications required to the lens.
If you would simply like a trial to see if scleral lenses will benefit you, the charge is $165. This cost is included in the package fee should you proceed to order. If you have a referral from Westmead Hospital Eye Clinic, this fee is waived with no out of pocket expense to you.
If you have private health insurance with extras cover — such as Medibank Private, BUPA, or others — part of the cost of the initial package or replacement lenses may be claimable.
In the event that your scleral lens is not effective and it needs to be discontinued within our 3 month warranty period, we offer a 50% credit of the lens costs towards another optical appliance. This amount will be given to you as a credit on your account at Westmead Eyes. The cost of our consultations are non refundable.
My Big Fat Scleral Lens is a patient support group on Facebook with members from all over the world who are wearing scleral lenses for a variety of complications.