The New Tool for Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye disease, also known as ocular surface disease, is a very complex disease. 48% of the population suffers from dry eye. Fortunately 60% of those patients only have mild symptoms, however, about 30% do have moderate symptoms and 10% have severe dry eye symptoms. These dry eye symptoms include pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and trouble seeing at night.
For most people, topical eye drops and oral supplements as well as behavioral changes can make a big difference in symptom relief. But for those with more severe dry eye scleral contact lenses may be the answer.
Scleral lenses are commonly known for their use in patients with Steven-Johnson syndrome, keratoconus, corneal grafts, chemical and thermal burn injuries, among other uses. However, the recent spotlight on scleral lenses has led to their use in an increased number of patients with severe dry eyes due to Sjogren’s syndrome, autoimmune diseases, chronic graft-versus-host disease, and post-LASIK dry eye.Studies have shown that up to 85% of patients achieve successful relief of dry eye symptoms with scleral lenses. In all forms of dry eye, but especially in the severe ocular surface disease population, scleral lenses are an option to alleviate symptoms of dry eye that may be debilitating.The scleral lens provides a liquid bandage to the cornea by holding tears between the lens and the eye. Vision is sharp and clear, pain and redness is reduced and the quality of life is often dramatically improved.
Scleral contact lenses can improve the vision, comfort and quality of life for someone with dry eye.