I’ve been a patient of theirs for many years, and my wife and 2 boys are now patients as well. The doctors and support staff are professional, friendly, thorough and patient. They continually invest in improvements to the equipment, the facility, the website all with a laser focus on the patient experience. They employ all the latest diagnostic tools and tests. They stock a large inventory of frames, lenses, etc. Comfortable waiting area, extended hours, contact refill ordering via the website, appointment scheduling via the website. Everything you want -I’m a patient for life
I went to Somerset Eye Care a few weeks ago to get a pair of prescription sun glasses. With only one week before a vacation to Caribbean, there was a slim chance that the glasses would be finished in time. I gave my short timeframe and they were able to expedite my order. They were able to order a pair of Nike’s out of the catalogue and they used my prescription from another eye doctor. Although their showroom is a bit limited, they can get a wide variety of different frames. Thanks to Somerset Eye Care, I had my new glasses for my trip and I appreciate the extra effort made by the staff to meet my needs. I highly recommend this place to anyone in the area if you want excellent customer service.
First time to the eye doctor’s in years, and first time to this particular office. The entire staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The cleanliness of the office was immaculate with a warm, welcoming environment. The staff was pleasant, and all seemed happy to be at work! I would highly recommend this practice.
Scleral contact lenses are able to improve vision with exceptional comfort while also reducing dryness, pain and glare for patients suffering from various ocular disorders or injuries to the eye. Scleral lenses have been highly successful in patients with Keratoconus, corneal degenerations, Dry Eye Syndrome, post-LASIK/PRK/RK and corneal transplants.
What are Scleral Contact Lenses?
Scleral lenses are custom-designed, large-diameter, rigid gas permeable lenses that completely cover the corneal surface (clear layer covering the colored part of the eye) and extend onto the scleral conjunctiva (white part of the eye).
Who would Benefit from Scleral Contact Lenses?
- Pellucid marginal degeneration
- Post-corneal Transplant
- Post-LASIK, post-PRK, post-RK
- Graft versus host disease
- Moderate to Severe dry eyes syndrome (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca)
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
- Neurotrophic keratopathy
- Corneal ectasia and scarring
- High or irregular astigmatism
- Other corneal degenerations and dystrophies
What are the Benefits of Scleral Contact Lenses?
1. Clear Vision
The design of these Scleral contact lenses allows the lens to maintain its uniform and regular curvature as it lies over the cornea without touching or conforming to the existing corneal shape as soft contact lenses do. Therefore, the corneal surface, as well as any irregularity that it may have, is masked by the dome-shaped even surface of the lens allowing the light to enter the eye and focus images clearly instead of in a distorted manner.
2. Unprecedented Comfort
Scleral contact lenses offer better comfort than corneal rigid contact lenses because Scleral lenses land on a much less sensitive layer of the eye and thus decrease lens awareness and sensation. The Scleral contact lens edge is tucked underneath the eyelids allowing the eyelids to glide over the smooth surface of the Scleral contact lens during every blink instead of bumping into the edge of the contact lens. Scleral contacts also have greater stability than corneal rigid lenses, allowing for less movement of the contact lens and better comfort.
3. Dry Eyes
It can be common to have dryness with contact lens wear, especially if you are already diagnosed with chronic dry eye syndrome or keratoconjunctivitis sicca. In the case of Scleral contact lens wear, there is a fluid layer in between your cornea and the lens that serves as a liquid reservoir or a cushion layer. This allows your cornea to be constantly protected and hydrated decreasing the symptoms associated with dry eyes.
4. Reduced Glare
Scleral lenses dedicate a large central area of the lens to your prescription that remains in a stable position over the pupil (central black part of the eye). The stability and the size of the area containing your prescription reduces the amount of glare that is experienced. This is a beneficial feature especially for those who have issues with night time driving glare as well as athletes. Corneal lenses are smaller and thus have a smaller area devoted to your prescription and moves around the eye with every blink, thus causing less stability of clear vision and increased glare.
Many individuals who are wearing Scleral contact lenses have damaged corneal tissue. Scleral lenses do not make any contact with the cornea and instead have a fluid barrier in between the lens and the corneal tissue, providing a source of protection.
At Somerset Eye Care we will train you on how to properly insert and remove your lenses. Here is a video to demonstrate different techniques that can be used
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