Are you looking for scleral lenses in Sydney?
When it comes to scleral lens fitting, choosing the right provider is crucial for optimal care and long-term success. At Westmead Eyes Optometrists Western Sydney, we are dedicated to the fitting and prescribing of scleral contact lenses and have done so for many years, specialising in complex corneal conditions such as keratoconus, corneal grafts or transplants, corneal scars, and severe dry eyes.
Our patients are referred to us throughout Sydney and NSW from both general optometrists and eye specialists for this specialty service. We also attract a significant number of patients who have sought us out independently, seeking a better solution than their current contact lenses.
What are scleral 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 conventional 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 have invested in and are fortunate to have access to accurate tools including anterior OCT, computerised corneal topography, and scleral profilometry (sMap3D) to design and precisely fit even the most complex cornea conditions. These technological advancements play a vital role in the customisation and effectiveness of scleral lenses.
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. For many of our patients, a scleral lens is life changing, and 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
Why Choose Us?
The increasing availability of scleral lenses has unfortunately resulted in a decrease in the quality of care provided resulting in poor lens fits. We stand out from other providers by offering specialised expertise and advanced technology in scleral lens fitting. We understand that patients with complex corneal diseases require a higher level of attention, which may not be effectively met by general optometry providers who have limited experience in contact lens fitting or inadequate training and equipment.
Unlike non-specialty optometric business models, we prioritise patient education, training, and ongoing support. We recognise the importance of equipping patients with the knowledge and skills they need to safely handle scleral lenses and adapt to their use over the long term. We go the extra mile to ensure that patients with medical indications receive the comprehensive care they deserve.
When you choose us as scleral lens provider, you will develop a relationship with us for life. We are dedicated partners in your ocular health and overall well-being. With our extensive experience, you can trust that you are in the hands of professionals who truly care about your vision and quality of life.
How much are scleral lenses?
We charge a package fee from $3150, which includes all the consultations involved for the initial lens fitting process, 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.
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.