Have you been told in the past that you weren’t a good candidate for contact lenses because of chronic dry eyes or a high astigmatism? Did you pay for refractive surgery only to have to wear glasses or contacts again? Ever wanted to be free from your glasses so badly that you decided to settle for less than ideal vision and comfort just to make it work? Or maybe you have an eye condition like keratoconus and just want to be able to see clearly regardless of if it’s in glasses or not? If any of these scenarios sound familiar you might be the perfect candidate for scleral contact lenses.
A common complaint of soft contact lenses is that the vision fluctuates throughout the day. This is because the clarity of soft contact lenses depends in large part on the moisture provided to your cornea and the lens by your tear system. This moisture can vary at different times due to environmental factors, computer usage, certain medications, or a dry eye condition. The result is blurred vision that comes and goes randomly during the day. Scleral lens wearers won’t experience this fluctuation in vision due to the above mentioned tear layer that bathes the cornea and keeps it lubricated for as long as the lens is worn.Also, if you do happen to have a high astigmatism, keratoconus, or have had LASIK, instead of your cornea being a smooth rounded surface it might be more irregular - meaning it could have different levels of steep and flat areas (like a bumpy road) or it could be extremely steep (like the end of a football instead of round like a basketball). This makes correcting your vision - even through glasses - somewhat difficult. However, the design of scleral contact lenses provides you instead with a smooth, regular, viewing surface.
The larger diameter of scleral contacts means they will naturally move less on your eyes. The edges rest underneath the lid margins lending to very little possibility of the lens dislodging and coming out - which can sometimes happen with standard RGP’s. With this lessened movement also comes less visual disturbance, making for an all around better experience.Reduced Glare
Technically anyone who would like optimum vision and comfort can try scleral contact lenses. You don’t have to have any special eye conditions to wear them. In fact, even athletes make great candidates since it is crucial that they have crisp stable vision without the worry of their lenses popping out, drying out, or having other complications. Additionally, there are several eye and health conditions that can greatly benefit from the usage of scleral lenses. These include:
Still on board? You’ll need to have a recent eye health examination to make sure your eyes are healthy enough to wear contacts and to determine your prescription. From here you can make a contact lens fitting appointment where several measurements will be taken into account in order to narrow down the best size and optics for your new lenses. Also, keep in mind if you are over the age of 40 you might still need to wear glasses to help you with up close tasks.
More than likely if you are reading this, you’ve experienced the strange sensation of an eyelid twitch. It can happen anywhere, at any time, and almost always stops the moment you try to point it out to someone else (and of course resumes the second they turn away just to make you look extra crazy). Well you aren’t crazy - at least in this case - eyelid twitches are a real thing!
Better known in professional lingo as “myokymia”, this twitching sensation is the result of involuntary, spontaneous, rippling muscle contractions. These spasms can actually occur in almost any of the muscles in your body. When relating to the eyelids, myokymia is most common in your lower lids but can happen in your top lids as well.
Eyelid myokymia is typically very temporary. The twitching will usually only last for a few minutes, but in some rare cases can last for a few days or even weeks.Your doctor will likely advise you that there is no cause for concern as common Myokymia resolves on its own without the need for treatment. Other than causing mild annoyance, the eyelid twitching shouldn’t cause any long term complications or interference with your vision.
Do your eyes ever feel dry and itchy? Do you ever experience eye fatigue, redness, blurred vision, or excessive watering? You could be suffering from dry eyes - especially if you live in Oklahoma City which ranks as the 17th driest city in the U.S. And despite the name, dry eye isn’t just an annoying feeling - it’s a legitimate chronic eye disease that affects an estimated 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 alone. And since another estimated 89% of the population have never even heard of Dry Eye Syndrome, it’s easy to see why some would just write off those annoying symptoms as a normal part of their lives.
In honor of Mother’s Day kicking off Women’s Week, the Eye- Q blog has decided to dedicate a post solely to women’s eye health related issues. So what makes women’s eye health so special? Women are actually more commonly affected than men by a number of ocular health issues including dryness, cataracts, age related macular degeneration, and complications from autoimmune disorders such as Sjogren's or lupus. Furthermore, according to Prevent Blindness America, 66% of people who are blind or visually impaired are women.Let’s start with that statistic - why are women more at risk for eye complications than men?
No, it’s not a typo. Sjogren’s - pronounced show-grins - is a type of autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and damage to various parts of the body; most commonly the tear and saliva glands. This damage results in symptoms ranging from dryness and discomfort to difficulty swallowing and can even affect the lungs and kidneys.So why exactly does this happen? Let’s start with a quick health lesson. The immune system is responsible for fighting disease and killing harmful viruses and bacteria. However, with autoimmune diseases, your immune system has a hard time knowing when to stop fighting and mistakenly attacks your own body. With Sjogren’s, your exocrine glands - the glands that secrete moisture such as saliva, sweat, tears, breast-milk, gastric mucous, etc - become the main targets.
So it’s the weekend and the mild discomfort you were experiencing midweek has now escalated into full blown intense pain. Or maybe you were working on the yard and something flew into your eye? Or perhaps you were wearing your contact lenses for too long and your eye is now extremely red and unhappy. Who do you call? (I’ll give you a hint, it’s not Ghostbusters.) But seriously, should you go to the ER if you injure your eye in some way? The answer might surprise you.