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Scleral Contact Lenses

Sclaral contact lenses in grand prairieWhat are scleral lenses?

Scleral contact lenses are large diameter gas permeable (GP) contact lenses which provide the same benefits as regular GP lenses in that they allow oxygen to pass through the lens to the eye. Though not as common as soft contact lenses, scleral lenses offer a number of advantages over soft lenses, such as:

  • Clear vision
  • Long-wearing comfort
  • Longer wearing time
  • Ease to insert and remove
  • Much less complications

Scleral lenses get their name because they vault over the entire cornea and rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye). This larger size is a great advantage offering more stability than traditional GP lenses (they have minimal risk of dislodging from the eye), making them even more comfortable. You see, they are created to fit with little to no movement of the lens during blinking, creating optimum stability on the eye in comparison to traditional GP corneal lenses.

What are the advantages of scleral lenses?

Scleral lenses offer the comfort of a soft lens with the benefits of a GP lens, and even more so for those with sensitive eyes or irregularly shaped corneas. Due to the design of scleral lenses vaulting over the cornea and resting only on the less sensitive sclera, these contact lenses are much more comfortable for people with keratoconus.

Who can benefit from scleral lenses?

Almost anyone who would prefer to have the clearest and sharpest vision possible with a contact lens is a suitable candidate. They are especially advantageous for people with irregular corneas or irregularly shaped eyes, and dry eye syndrome.

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NOTICE OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE/REDUCED BUSINESS HOURS DUE TO COVID-19

Dear Patients and Families of First Eye Care Grand Prairie,

In light of the recent development and spread of COVID-19, our top priority has remained the safety of our patients, families, community, and staff.

The American Optometric Association (AOA), Texas Optometric Association (TOA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that “health care facilities and clinicians should prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks” and to “postpone routine dental and eyecare visits.

To better follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC, we have made the decision to postpone routine eye exams and temporarily close. A doctor will be on call for urgent or emergency medical eye visits only. Should you have an ocular emergency that requires immediate or urgent care, whether it is an injury, infection, foreign body, or sudden change in vision, please call/text (469) 563-2460.

We will have limited staff in the office on an as needed basis for urgent/emergency visits, and to take care of contact lens orders, picking up glasses, etc. Patients can arrange to get their contact lenses ordered and shipped to home, or curbside pick up of glasses/contact lenses can also be arranged. We believe that this unfortunate but necessary step will allow us to better follow the CDC’s guidelines and the Dallas County Shelter in Place Order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

We will continue to monitor and keep you informed as the situation unfolds and will update you on changing hours as we learn more.

We want to thank you for your overwhelming understanding and support as we get through these difficult times together (but socially distant). We are most concerned for your health and safety, and that of your family, and look forward to seeing you again soon!