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Scleral Contact Lenses In Redondo Beach , California

Scleral Lenses: The Revolutionary Contact Lens Technology Providing Incredible Comfort And Visual Clarity

Dr. Michael Hansen provides advanced contact lens fittings at Specialty Contact Lens Center At Advanced Eye Care Center serving patients from Redondo Beach , Manhattan Beach , Torrance , and Palos Verdes

Have You Been Told That You Are Not A Candidate For Contact Lenses? This Is No Longer True.

Have you tried to wear contact lenses only to end up wearing glasses as you suffered too much discomfort? Is your vision worsening due to Keratoconus or other corneal conditions?

Say Goodbye To The Old Days Of Contact Lenses That Didn’t Work For You!

Thousands of people who suffer vision loss as a result of various corneal conditions (listed below) can now see clearly once again through scleral lenses. Those who couldn’t wear contact lenses due to eye conditions or discomfort are able to correct their vision safely & successfully. Say goodbye to the old days of contact lenses that didn’t work for you. You no longer have to suffer discomfort or simply being forced to live with poor vision. At Specialty Contact Lens Center At Advanced Eye Care Center, Dr. Michael Hansen, provides advanced custom contact lens fitting for even the most hard-to-fit-patients.

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What Are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are specialized custom contact lenses that make contact lens use possible for many people for the first time - and they have many advantages over normal contact lenses as well including, fit, comfort, and visual acuity.

A scleral lens gets its name because it sits on the sclera, or the white part of the eye, rather than the iris (the colored part of the eye). Because a scleral lens sits on the sclera, it stays off the more sensitive areas of the eye. Friction and discomfort are virtually eliminated.

What Are The Advantages Of Scleral Lenses? It’s All In The Shape!

Scleral Lenses Are More Wearable And Protect Your Eyes Better

The vaulted dome design of scleral lenses offers unique advantages over traditional contact lens design. Scleral lenses move around much less than regular contacts, making them superior for physical activity, with far less irritation.

The vaulted dome shape of a scleral lens provides a smooth replacement corneal surface, improving vision for people with corneal scarring or corneal irregularities due to LASIK eye surgery complications, Keratoconus, or other eye conditions.

The design of the lens creates a pocket of space between the eye and the lens. The lens is filled with lubricating saline solution before insertion, providing hydration and comfort all day long.
The size of the lens means that your eyes are more protected from debris, dust, and other allergens, making it a good solution for someone that also suffers from eye allergies.

Enjoy Better Vision

Scleral lenses also provide unparalleled visual acuity by shielding the damaged cornea with a perfect optical surface. Its larger design means the lens is firmly in place, which further enhances vision when compared to traditional lenses. Due to their size and shape, scleral lenses provide greater durability, easier handling and a lower risk for complications. Specialty Contact Lens Center At Advanced Eye Care Center has a wide range of custom scleral contact solutions that can work for you.

Scleral Lenses For Keratoconus And Other Eye Conditions

Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with the following eye conditions:

  • Keratoconus
  • Severe Dry Eyes
  • Post-refractive surgical complications
  • Post LASIK eye surgery complications
  • Post RK eye surgery complications
  • Post PRK eye surgery complications
  • Severe astigmatism
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Trauma to the cornea
  • Corneal ectasia,
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Post Corneal Graft
  • Irregular Cornea
  • Severe Dry Eye
  • Ocular Pemphigoid
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Rarer conditions include:

  • Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy
  • Basal membrane dystrophy
  • Meesman's dystrophy
  • Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy
  • Thiel-Benke's dystrophy
  • Macular dystrophy

Because of the unique shape and comfort of scleral lenses, they are an ideal solution for people with certain eye conditions:

Following Eye Conditions Are:
  • Keratoconus
  • Severe Dry Eyes
  • Post-refractive surgical complications
  • Post LASIK eye surgery complications
  • Post RK eye surgery complications
  • Post PRK eye surgery complications
  • Severe astigmatism
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
  • Trauma to the cornea
  • Corneal ectasia
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Post Corneal Graft
  • Irregular Cornea
  • Severe Dry Eye
  • Ocular Pemphigoid
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Rarer conditions include:

  • Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy
  • Basal membrane dystrophy
  • Meesman's dystrophy
  • Reis-Bückler's Granular dystrophy
  • Thiel-Benke's dystrophy
  • Macular dystrophy
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Scleral Lenses For Keratoconus And Other Eye Conditions

The cornea is the outermost layer of your eye, a clear tissue that covers your iris and pupil. This part of your ocular structure helps to bend and focus light as it enters your eyes so you can see images crisp and clear. Normally, the cornea has a smooth and rounded shape. But with keratoconus, this shape is distorted – leading to an irregular corneal surface that causes blurred vision. Our eye doctors at Advanced EyeCare Center diagnose keratoconus during comprehensive eye exam.

Scleral lenses, which are custom-designed contacts based on a digital map of your corneal surface, can be an effective treatment for keratoconus. Using the latest technologies and advanced diagnostics, we fit life-changing scleral lenses in El Segundo, California, and Redondo Beach, California.

Scleral lenses are customized to fit your eyes, which means that these innovative lenses can help improve eyesight for even the most severe corneal scarring. Our eye doctor has helped many patients who were classified as legally blind to see clearly and comfortably with the aid of advanced scleral lenses. If you have experienced severe vision loss, book a consultation to find out how we can enhance your sight with scleral lenses in Redondo Beach, California, and El Segundo, California.

Scleral lenses vault over your irregular cornea, thereby replacing it with a smooth dome that gives sharp vision. An additional benefit of this customized design is that a moisture-filled gap is created between your cornea and the scleral lenses. This gap becomes a therapeutic reservoir of lubricating tears that relieve the irritating symptoms of severe dry eye. Our dry eye specialists can alleviate painful vision caused by dry eye by fitting you with scleral lenses in El Segundo, California, and Redondo Beach, California.

Many people with extreme cases of irregular astigmatism have been told that they are not good candidates for wearing contact lenses. While that may be true if you try to wear standard contact lenses, scleral lenses can be the ideal solution. The precise, custom-tailored fit of rigid scleral lenses can correct astigmatism with exceptional results. At Advanced EyeCare Center, we are experiencing at providing vision correction for astigmatism with scleral lenses in Redondo Beach, California, and El Segundo, California.

If you have presbyopia or a high vision prescription for nearsightedness or farsightedness, standard soft multifocal contacts may not give you sufficient visual clarity and comfort. Yet multifocal scleral lenses, which are firmly positioned on your eye and do not move or revolve in your eye like soft multifocals do, can give unparalleled vision and a smoother wearing experience. We will perform a thorough eye exam to recommend the best type of contacts for your vision, including scleral lenses in Redondo Beach, California, and El Segundo, California.   

Irregular corneas, whether they are due to keratoconus, corneal scarring, or another medical condition, are individual in their variations – and every patient therefore requires a customized scleral lens solution. Our eye doctors use microscopic digital technologies to map your corneal surface with ultimate precision to custom-design your scleral lenses in El Segundo, California, and Redondo Beach, California. The results of your corneal mapping help our eye doctor determine the best type of custom-designed scleral lenses. While all scleral lenses rest on the white part of your eye (sclera), mini scleral lenses leave only a minute space between the sclera and cornea, and other types are larger, full-sized contact lenses that leave a wider space. In general, larger scleral lenses are recommended for very irregular corneal surfaces.  

Scleral Lenses Are The Gold Standard Of Contact Lens Comfort And Work For Just About Anyone
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We Asked Five Patients About Their Experience With Scleral Lenses

How Has Your Vision Been Since Switching To Scleral Lenses?

It has been very clear, a lot better than my soft contacts and a lot more comfortable all day. My favorite thing is that I can tell that my vision is corrected as perfectly as it can.

How Did Your Life Change When You Got Scleral Lenses?

It changed dramatically, I am a traveling nurse, driving early morning and late at night. I can now drive at night and the lights don't bother me, It has helped me tremendously for my job. I have been wearing sclerals for over 3 years and I could never go back to regular hard contacts.

Tell Us What Your Vision Was Like With Your Old Contacts?

I had 20/50 vision with contact lenses, and now I can see 20/25 and I have gone down on my reading glasses from 2.0 to 1.5. And the great part is I can’t even tell I have anything in my eyes. The biggest thing about sclerals is keeping them clean and taking care of them.

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What Is Your History Before Sclerals?

I was a keratoconus patient, I first had a corneal transplant on one eye and then the other. Did you try contacts after corneal transplant? I did but after 2 hours they hurt too much. Tell me the difference in your vision? There are no words to articulate, when I look at people I see detail like never before, it is like night and day.

Have Sclerals Changed Your Life? 

In middle school I was diagnosed with Astigmatism and wore contact lenses, but in college, I started having issues and was diagnosed as having the early stages Keratoconus. I went to a lot of eye doctors, tried a lot of contacts, and eventually I underwent corneal transplant. The surgery was not successful, and my vision remained as it was before surgery. Driving at night was no longer something that I could do because of blinding glare. Scleral Lenses literally changed my life, I didn’t know what I was missing.

Common Questions
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Scleral lenses are made-to-order, customized to fit the contours of your cornea. Not only does this require top-tier skill and advanced professional training, but to achieve superior visual results for each patient, we equip our offices with the latest technologies – many of which are more expensive than standard optometric equipment. Also, you will require multiple visits to be fit perfectly with scleral lenses in El Segundo, California, and Redondo Beach, California, and to learn the proper care, insertion and removal techniques for your new scleral lenses. All in all, this leads to higher fees associated with the manufacture and fitting of scleral lenses. However, it is important to keep in mind that scleral lenses last much longer than soft contact lenses. So while their initial costs may be higher, their lifespan and benefits often make them an affordable, worthwhile investment.

Does vision insurance or medical insurance cover the cost of scleral lenses?

Scleral lenses are not always covered by vision insurance or medical insurance plans. When sclerals are determined to be medically necessary, most insurances will reimburse the costs – however, the rates and restrictions vary significantly between different providers.

Contact our offices for more information about scleral lenses in Redondo Beach, California, and El Segundo, California; our staff will be pleased to discuss the specific costs and payment options for scleral lenses.

The process of being fit with scleral lenses is longer and more comprehensive than a standard contact lens fitting. When you visit our offices in El Segundo, California, and Redondo Beach, California, for scleral lenses, the basic steps of our service will include:

  1. Consultation and testing (Digital Imaging)
  2. Scleral Lens Fitting
  3. Dispensing of the Lens
  4. Scleral Lens training for care, insertion, and removal
  5. Scleral Lens Follow up(s) for micro adjustments

Fitting patients with a wide range of specialty contact lenses in El Segundo, California, and Redondo Beach, California

Your eyes are unique, with their own size, shape, and vision condition. Because of all the possible variations that vision can have, fitting some people with contact lenses is more difficult than fitting others. Yet, this is not a reason to give up! Even if you have a hard-to-fit vision condition, our eye doctor can help you experience the supreme clarity and comfort provided by contacts. Nowadays, many types of specialty contact lenses are available, and we are experienced in fitting patients with the ideal solution in El Segundo, California, and Redondo Beach, California. We will examine your eyes thoroughly to diagnose your vision condition and recommend the ideal contact lenses.

At Advanced EyeCare Center, we customize specialty contacts for hard-to-fit vision conditions, such as:

  • Scleral lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal scarring, severe dry eyes, corneal transplants, and irregular astigmatism
  • Scleral contact lenses
  • Gas permeable (GP) and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses
  • Multifocal contact lens fitting for presbyopia and myopia
  • Soft daily lenses for moderate dry eye, discomfort, and eye allergies

There’s a pair of contact lenses for everyone, and we look forward to helping you find the right one for your needs!

Meet Our Scleral Lens Optometrist

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Nicole Kohan, OD, FSLS

Dr. Kohan received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. During her final year at SCCO, she expanded her education beyond the walls of the school to four externships sites in three different states. At Hoopes...
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Michael Hansen, O.D.

Michael Hansen, O.D. received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the prestigious Southern California College of Optometry, graduating Suma Cum Laude with distinction in 2000. There, he received several scholarships for excellence in scholastic and clinical performance. Dr. Hansen has served many diverse patient constituencies. At the Alaska Native Medical...
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Other Specialty Contact Lens Fittings In Redondo Beach

Our practice specializes in custom contact lens fittings for a wide range of specialty contact lenses. This includes:

  • Gas permeable (GP) and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses
  • Multifocal contact lens fitting for presbyopia and myopia
  • Soft daily lenses for moderate dry eye, discomfort, and eye allergies
  • Scleral lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal scarring, severe dry eyes, corneal transplants, and irregular astigmatism.

Our optometrist, Dr. Michael Hansen, has successfully helped many patients come from all over California including Redondo Beach , Manhattan Beach , Torrance , Palos Verdes

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