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Scleral Lenses for Sjogren's Syndrome: Vision & Comfort
November 12, 2023

Dr. Boshnick’s Advanced Scleral Lenses: Transformative Relief for Sjogren’s Syndrome

Key Takeaways

Key TakeawaysDetails
Understanding Sjogren’s SyndromeAn autoimmune disorder affecting tear and saliva glands, leading to dry eye and other ocular symptoms.
Impact on Eye HealthSymptoms include persistent dryness, discomfort, and light sensitivity, impacting daily activities.
Traditional TreatmentsArtificial tears and ointments provide temporary relief; scleral lenses offer a more effective solution.
Scleral Lenses TechnologyLarger in diameter, resting on the sclera, creating a tear reservoir for continuous hydration.
Custom Fitting at Global VisionLenses are tailored to individual needs, using precise measurements for optimal fit and comfort.
Comparing Treatment OptionsScleral lenses surpass traditional methods by providing prolonged hydration and stable vision.
Benefits for Sjogren’s SyndromeReduced dryness and irritation, improved visual clarity, and protection against external irritants.
Care and MaintenanceEssential for performance and longevity; involves hygiene, proper cleaning, and regular check-ups.
Conclusion: A New Lease on LifeScleral lenses offer more than vision correction; they enhance quality of life for Sjogren’s Syndrome patients.
FAQs HighlightCovering differences from regular lenses, comfort, wear time, vision improvement, and replacement frequency.

Sjogren’s Syndrome and Eye Health

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the glands responsible for producing tears and saliva. This condition often leads to a significant decrease in tear production, resulting in a condition known as dry eye. The dryness can cause a range of symptoms from mild discomfort to severe inflammation and scarring of the corneal surface.

In the realm of eye health, the implications of Sjogren’s Syndrome are profound. Patients often experience persistent dryness, a gritty or burning sensation in the eyes, and a susceptibility to light. These symptoms can severely impact daily activities, making tasks like reading, using a computer, or driving particularly challenging.

The traditional approach to managing these symptoms has been through artificial tears and lubricating ointments. However, these solutions offer only temporary relief and can be inadequate for severe cases. This is where scleral lenses, as provided by Global Vision Rehabilitation Center, come into play. Unlike conventional lenses, scleral lenses create a tear reservoir, which significantly alleviates the dryness and discomfort associated with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

A Closer Look at Scleral Lenses Technology

Scleral lenses represent a significant advancement in contact lens technology, especially for individuals with sensitive or irregularly shaped corneas. Unlike standard contact lenses that rest directly on the cornea, scleral lenses are larger in diameter, extending to the sclera, or the white part of the eye. This unique design not only ensures a more comfortable fit but also plays a crucial role in managing severe dry eye conditions, such as those caused by Sjogren’s Syndrome.

The technology behind scleral lenses is rooted in their ability to maintain a fluid reservoir between the lens and the cornea. This reservoir acts as a protective barrier, keeping the cornea continuously hydrated, which is vital for patients with reduced tear production. Additionally, the design minimizes lens movement and reduces the risk of dislodgement, making them an excellent option for active lifestyles.

At Global Vision Rehabilitation Center, we leverage the latest advancements in scleral lens technology. Our lenses are custom-fitted using precise measurements of each patient’s eyes, ensuring a perfect fit that addresses individual needs. The materials used in our scleral lenses are highly oxygen-permeable, promoting corneal health and providing optimal comfort for extended wear.

Comparison with Other Treatment Options for Sjogren’s Syndrome

When it comes to managing the ocular symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome, several treatment options are available, each with its own set of benefits and limitations. The most common treatments include artificial tears, lubricating ointments, and punctal plugs. While these methods can provide relief, they often fall short in offering a long-term solution, especially for severe cases.

Artificial tears and lubricating ointments, for instance, are designed to supplement the eye’s natural moisture. However, their effectiveness is temporary, and frequent application is necessary, which can be inconvenient and disruptive to daily life. Punctal plugs, which are inserted into the tear ducts to prevent tear drainage, offer a more sustained solution but do not address the underlying issue of tear production.

In contrast, scleral lenses, such as those provided by Dr. Boshnick at Global Vision Rehabilitation Center, offer a unique approach. By creating a continuous tear reservoir, these lenses ensure prolonged corneal hydration, surpassing the temporary relief offered by traditional methods. Moreover, scleral lenses protect the cornea from environmental irritants and help in maintaining a stable vision, which is often a challenge with fluctuating tear film in Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Benefits of Scleral Lenses for Sjogren’s Syndrome

For individuals suffering from Sjogren’s Syndrome, scleral lenses offer a multitude of benefits. These lenses are designed to provide a stable tear reservoir, which significantly reduces the dryness and irritation commonly experienced by patients. This continuous hydration is essential for maintaining corneal health in those with reduced tear production.

Beyond alleviating dryness, scleral lenses also offer superior visual clarity. They correct a range of refractive errors by creating a smooth optical surface over the cornea. This is particularly beneficial for Sjogren’s Syndrome patients, who often experience fluctuating vision due to their unstable tear film.

To learn more about the specific benefits and the fitting process of scleral lenses, visit our scleral lens information page.

Care and Maintenance of Scleral Lenses

Proper care and maintenance of scleral lenses are crucial for their performance and longevity, as well as for maintaining eye health. At Global Vision Rehabilitation Center, we ensure that each patient is thoroughly educated on the best practices for scleral lens care.

Firstly, it is essential to maintain a strict hygiene regimen. This includes washing and drying hands thoroughly before handling the lenses. Scleral lenses should be cleaned and rinsed with recommended solutions immediately after removal. Using the right cleaning solutions is vital, as certain chemicals can damage the lens material or leave harmful residues.

Storage is another critical aspect. Scleral lenses should be stored in a clean, dry case, and the storage solution should be changed daily. It is also recommended to have regular check-ups with your eye care professional, which allows for timely adjustments and replacements of the lenses as needed.

For patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome, who may have heightened sensitivity, the importance of these practices is even more pronounced. Proper care ensures that the lenses continue to provide optimal comfort and vision correction without causing any additional irritation or risk to the eye.

Conclusion and Next Steps

Living with Sjogren’s Syndrome can be challenging, especially when it comes to managing ocular symptoms. However, with Dr. Boshnick’s advanced scleral lenses, there is a path to improved comfort and clearer vision. These lenses are more than just a corrective tool; they are a means to regain a sense of normalcy and enhance the quality of life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the ocular symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome, we invite you to explore the treatment options available at Global Vision Rehabilitation Center. Visit our website to learn more about our services and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boshnick. Together, we can work towards a solution that brings lasting comfort and improved vision.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Scleral Lenses

Q: What makes scleral lenses different from regular contact lenses?
A: Scleral lenses are larger than standard contact lenses, as they cover the entire corneal surface and rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye. This design creates a stable fit and a tear-filled reservoir, which is especially beneficial for conditions like Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Q: Are scleral lenses comfortable to wear?
A: Yes, scleral lenses are known for their comfort. Their unique design minimizes contact with the sensitive corneal tissue, making them more comfortable than traditional contact lenses, especially for individuals with sensitive eyes or irregular corneas.

Q: How long can scleral lenses be worn each day?
A: Wear time can vary depending on individual tolerance and eye condition. However, scleral lenses are designed for extended wear, and many users comfortably wear them for a full day. It’s important to follow the specific guidance provided by your eye care professional.

Q: Can scleral lenses improve vision for patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome?
A: Absolutely. Scleral lenses not only provide relief from dryness and discomfort but also offer superior visual acuity. They correct vision by creating a smooth optical surface over the irregular cornea, which is common in Sjogren’s Syndrome patients.

Q: How often do scleral lenses need to be replaced?
A: The lifespan of scleral lenses varies, but with proper care and maintenance, they can last for up to one to two years. Regular check-ups with your eye care provider, such as those offered at Global Vision Rehabilitation Center, are essential to monitor the condition of the lenses and the health of your eyes.


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