Scleral contact lenses

J Am Optom Assoc. 1998 Jan;69(1):33-40.


Background: Scleral contact lenses provide unique therapeutic and vision rehabilitative properties that overcome the therapeutic gaps encountered with conventional contact lens therapies.

Case reports: Four case reports are presented in which serious visual impairment was remediated with the application of scleral contact lenses: kerataconus, Terriens marginal degeneration, penetrating keratoplasty from Fuchs' dystrophy, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Conclusion: The availability of new and diverse materials--in particular, the use of highly oxygen-permeable materials for scleral contact lenses--has allowed reevaluation of the clinical role of scleral lenses in the management of irregular corneal surface disorders and ocular surface disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Contact Lenses*
  • Corneal Diseases / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Sclera*


  • Polymethyl Methacrylate