Vision Therapy in St. Cloud

Are Scleral Contact Lenses Right for You?

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Scleral Lenses Candidates

Scleral lenses are custom-designed to offer remarkable visual acuity and comfort improvements for individuals with sensitive eyes or corneal irregularities. Unlike traditional contact lenses, scleral lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, creating an improved optical surface.

This design minimizes irritation to the cornea and provides exceptional comfort. Additionally, a reservoir of pure saline solution between the back surface of the lens and the front of the cornea ensures that the eye is consistently submerged in a liquid environment, promoting optimal eye health and comfort.

Scleral lenses are particularly well-suited for hard-to-fit eyes, such as individuals with keratoconus, astigmatism, or medium-high astigmatism that cannot be corrected comfortably with other contact lenses. They also offer the advantage of all-day hydration for comfortable wear.

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Are Scleral Lenses Superior to Traditional Gas-Permeable Lenses?

In terms of comfort, visual clarity, and stability, scleral lenses outperform small diameter rigid gas-permeable lenses. For individuals with corneal irregularities or heightened sensitivity, scleral lenses are often the preferred and sometimes the only viable option.

It's important to note that while scleral lenses offer numerous benefits, they may come at a higher cost compared to various other gas-permeable lenses, but may be covered by insurance in certain cases. The decision regarding which contact lens is best for your needs should be made in consultation with our team of experts.

Whether you're a first-time wearer with nearsightedness or have complex vision needs such as astigmatism, bifocals, or a distorted cornea, we are here to provide you with the most suitable solution.

Several factors determine whether you're a suitable candidate for scleral contact lenses:

  • Corneal Irregularities

    Scleral lenses are often prescribed for individuals with irregular corneas, such as keratoconus, corneal ectasia, or post-surgical complications. These lenses provide a smooth, uniform refractive surface, improving vision.

  • Dry Eye Syndrome

    Scleral lenses can be a game-changer for people struggling with dry eyes. The reservoir of saline solution between the lens and the eye helps keep the eye surface consistently moist, reducing discomfort and improving vision.

  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC

    GPC is a condition where the inner eyelid becomes inflamed due to contact lens irritation. Scleral lenses can be an excellent solution for GPC patients. Due to a customized edge profile, scleral lenses are shown to have less frictional impact on the sensitive inner eyelid.

  • Severe Astigmatism

    Scleral lenses can correct astigmatism effectively. The stable fit provided by these lenses ensures astigmatic patients enjoy clear and stable vision throughout the day.

  • Ocular Surface Disorders

    Individuals with ocular surface disorders like Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Sjögren's syndrome can benefit from the constant hydration and protection provided by scleral lenses.

  • Complex Prescriptions

    Scleral lenses are customizable to correct even the most complex vision problems, making them suitable for individuals with multifocal or high prescriptions.

  • Intolerance to Traditional Lenses

    If you've had discomfort or intolerance with traditional contact lenses, including soft or rigid gas-permeable lenses, scleral lenses may offer a more comfortable alternative.

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- Apr. 23, 2024
Very kind, patient, helpful and I never have to wait long to get in.
- Mar. 30, 2024
The team's professionalism is exceeded only by their commitment to total customer satisfaction! Rod... Pederson
- Feb. 06, 2024
Professional and friendly staff.
- Nov. 02, 2023
Really great experience! New glasses came in super fast & dr.kim was super nice and kind
- Oct. 26, 2023
I had an excellent eye exam with Dr. Watson. She was careful to explain each step in the evaluation ... and she carefully answered all the questions I had. I will definitely be staying under her care.
- Oct. 26, 2023
Been receiving care at Northway Eye for over 10 years…great care.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Great staff who are friendly and knowledgeable. Bonus...NOT a CentraDONTCare affiliate.
- Jul. 06, 2023
Examination by D Matthew Andeson, assisted by Jen, office Megan and eyeglasses Sarah. The examinati... on was thorough, and answered any questions I might have had. The staff was helpful in submission of a referal to a surgeon, and in selecting glasses frames. The cost was very low in comparison to dentist and doctor exams, no one should feel denied this excellent exam for financial reasons. Thank you.
- Jun. 12, 2023
They're super nice and helpful. Thank you!
- May. 27, 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable people
- May. 25, 2023
Love the people! Environment is fun, clean and professional. I would recommend to others!
- May. 05, 2023
excellent service and very friendly and helpful
- Apr. 03, 2023
Dr. Watson and her staff are always pleasant and professional.
- Mar. 26, 2023
Dr Matthew was super friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience
- Mar. 16, 2023
very nice
- Mar. 04, 2023
I have been coming here since 2020 and have had a pleasant experience each time. Everyone here is so... professional, cheerful and kind. I had to reschedule due to a snow storm and they happily obliged. Everything was clean and beautifully decorated.. the waiting area was elegant and comfortable. I brought my three little children with to my appointment. Doctor Watson answered all of their eager questions with such kindness. They can't wait to get their eyes checked by her, too.
- Feb. 10, 2023
Great doctor and great staff!
- Jan. 25, 2023
Highly recommend
- Jan. 23, 2023
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- Jan. 13, 2023
Dr. Sufka is the best!

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Scleral Lenses in St. Cloud

Our optometry practice in St. Cloud

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
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  • EyeMed
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Consult with Our Scleral Lens Experts

The best way to determine your candidacy for scleral contact lenses is through a comprehensive eye examination and consultation with Northway Eye & Contact Lenses Center. During this evaluation, your eye doctor will assess your eye health, vision prescription, and specific needs. They will also take precise measurements to ensure a proper fit.

If you've been struggling with vision issues or discomfort related to your current eyewear, scleral contact lenses could be the solution you've been looking for. 

Don't let your eye condition limit your quality of life; Schedule an appointment with Northway Eye & Contact Lenses Center today and explore the benefits of scleral lenses and determine if you're a suitable candidate.

(320) 253-2441