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Scleral Lenses For Visual Rehabilitation Following a Corneal Transplant

Tens of thousands of corneal transplants, or keratoplasty procedures, are performed every year. Several reasons explain why one would undergo keratoplasty.

  • Eye diseases or eye injuries that are left unmanaged or uncorrected
  • Severe cases of glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration or cataracts
  • Advanced stages of corneal degeneration or dystrophy

Essentially, a diseased cornea can lead to blindness without proper care from an eye doctor, and keratoplasty is meant to restore as much vision as possible. However, following the surgery, patients may experience vision problems and may require specialty contact lenses to see clearly and comfortably.

Post-Keratoplasty: Treatment & Recovery

Recovery from a corneal transplant might take up to a year, as the eye needs time to adjust to the new cornea. Many patients emerge from the surgery nearsighted or with astigmatism. Often, eye doctors will prescribe eyeglasses or specialty lenses to help with vision during this interim period that may at times have to carry on being worn after the eye has fully healed.

Visual Rehabilitation With Scleral Lenses

Keratoplasty frequently results in irregular corneal surfaces due to the transplant’s inability to fully adapt to the eye. Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs), hybrid contact lenses, or scleral lenses may be recommended to give a patient clear and comfortable vision without the need for additional surgery.

Scleral lenses are often the optimal choice, as the lens is designed to vault entirely over the cornea rather than rest on it. Scleral lenses allow a patient’s cornea to remain hydrated, provide clear vision, and avoid any risk of corneal scarring.

Contact The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Eye Trends to learn how scleral lenses can provide you with clear and comfortable vision following a corneal transplant.

The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Eye Trends serves patients from Houston, Spring, Woodlands, and Conroe, all throughout Texas.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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