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Scleral Contact Lenses In Houston

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

provides advanced contact lens fittings at The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Eye Trends serving patients from Houston, in one of our six convenient locations in Spring, Woodlands, Conroe, Grand Parkway, Greenspoint, and Westchase

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?

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 lens 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 The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Eye Trends, our eye doctors provide advanced custom contact lens fitting for even the most hard-to-fit-patients.

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. The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Eye Trends 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 clear tissue on the eye’s outermost surface covering the pupil and the iris is called the cornea. The cornea’s function is to bend and focus light going into the eyes. Normally, the cornea has a smooth shape to provide clear vision. When the shape of the cornea becomes irregular, the light entering the eyes is not focused properly. Consequently, an individual will suffer distorted and irregular vision.

Keratoconus is a condition of the cornea that affects between .1% to .5% of the population, or 300 thousand to 1.6 million Americans. Keratoconus causes severe vision loss and discomfort but can be effectively corrected with scleral contact lenses. The The Specialty Contact Lens Center At Eye Trends provides advanced eye care for keratoconus patients from all over the state of Texas including many patients from Houston,Spring,Woodlands, and Conroe.

Our eye doctor has helped many patients, who were once legally blind due to their corneal scarring, regain excellent vision after being properly fit with scleral lenses.

People suffering from severe dry eye can find therapeutic benefits from transitioning to custom designed scleral lenses. Sclerals keep the cornea moisturized and protected while minimizing irritation to the eyelids and the rest of the eye.

Scleral lenses are extremely effective at correcting high astigmatism and irregular astigmatism. Because of their rigidity, scleral lenses can correct astigmatism to allow for excellent vision.

Scleral contacts are an ideal option for anyone that is severely nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. For presbyopia patients, scleral contacts can be designed as multifocal contacts to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness. Because scleral lenses are firmly positioned on the eye and do not move as soft contact lenses do, they provide unmatchable comfort compared to standard multifocal lenses.

All scleral lenses rest on the white part of the eye, the sclera. Our optometrists, will customize the scleral lenses by determining the exact diameter and space between the cornea and sclera. Some scleral lenses may have a space of a few millimeters, called mini scleral lenses, while standard scleral lenses are larger, full sized lenses. The larger scleral lenses are often recommended on very irregular corneal surfaces.

Scleral Lenses Are Custom Fit For Your Eyes

Our Houston Eye Doctors fit custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. Based on these measurements, a scleral lens is customized to ensure maximum comfort and acuity. Scleral lenses are crafted using microscopic adjustments for an ideal fit. Plus, our office carries the latest technology to ensure the highest level of care and precision in developing each scleral lens.

Our optometrists, have experience fitting a wide variety of specialty contact lenses for virtually any type of hard-to-fit contact lens patient. Scleral lenses are often the go-to lens for our patients due to their higher level of quality and unique features.

Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.

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Scleral Lenses Are Custom Fit For Your Eyes

Our Houston Eye Doctors fit custom scleral lenses that are designed to match the exact contours of your eye. We begin by using a topographer to digitally map out the exact dimensions and shape of your eye. Based on these measurements, a scleral lens is customized to ensure maximum comfort and acuity. Scleral lenses are crafted using microscopic adjustments for an ideal fit. Plus, our office carries the latest technology to ensure the highest level of care and precision in developing each scleral lens.

Our optometrists, have experience fitting a wide variety of specialty contact lenses for virtually any type of hard-to-fit contact lens patient. Scleral lenses are often the go-to lens for our patients due to their higher level of quality and unique features.

Our inventory of diagnostic contact lenses enables our optometrist to examine, test and prescribe the most suitable lenses for your eye-care needs. Our patients are often deeply touched by the enormous sense of relief they feel when they are able to manage their keratoconus and other corneal conditions successfully without surgery.

What Is The Cost Of Scleral Lenses? What Is The Process Of A Scleral Lens Fitting?
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Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are custom fit to the eye, requiring significantly more training on the part of the optometrist, expensive equipment, and multiple visits to achieve the optimal fit. In addition to the fitting process, the patient must also be trained on how to properly care, insert, and remove scleral lenses. Because of these reasons, professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher than other contact lenses. We are happy to discuss your specific costs and payment options based on your individual needs.

Does Vision Or Medical Insurance Cover The Cost Of Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are not automatically covered by vision or medical insurance. Most insurances will reimburse the costs for scleral lenses when medically necessary, yet the rates and restrictions vary greatly from one vision insurance provider to the next.

Depending on your plan, some of the costs associated with professional fitting or lenses may be covered. In general, medical insurances do not cover scleral lens fittings. Our insurance team will provide assistance in helping you apply any insurance benefits towards your scleral lenses. However, given that insurance policies vary widely we cannot guarantee how much coverage you will receive from your insurance.

Note: Scleral lenses are hard lenses and last far longer than soft contact lenses. While their costs may be greater, their lifespan and benefits often become an affordable investment.

  • Consultation and testing (Digital Imaging)
  • Scleral Lens Fitting
  • Dispensing of the Lens
  • Scleral Lens training for care, insertion and removal
  • Scleral Lens Follow up(s) for micro adjustments
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What Is The Cost Of Scleral Lenses? What Is The Process Of A Scleral Lens Fitting?

Unlike regular contact lenses, scleral lenses are custom fit to the eye, requiring significantly more training on the part of the optometrist, expensive equipment, and multiple visits to achieve the optimal fit. In addition to the fitting process, the patient must also be trained on how to properly care, insert, and remove scleral lenses. Because of these reasons, professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher than other contact lenses. We are happy to discuss your specific costs and payment options based on your individual needs.

Does Vision Or Medical Insurance Cover The Cost Of Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are not automatically covered by vision or medical insurance. Most insurances will reimburse the costs for scleral lenses when medically necessary, yet the rates and restrictions vary greatly from one vision insurance provider to the next.

Depending on your plan, some of the costs associated with professional fitting or lenses may be covered. In general, medical insurances do not cover scleral lens fittings. Our insurance team will provide assistance in helping you apply any insurance benefits towards your scleral lenses. However, given that insurance policies vary widely we cannot guarantee how much coverage you will receive from your insurance.

Note: Scleral lenses are hard lenses and last far longer than soft contact lenses. While their costs may be greater, their lifespan and benefits often become an affordable investment.

  • Consultation and testing (Digital Imaging)
  • Scleral Lens Fitting
  • Dispensing of the Lens
  • Scleral Lens training for care, insertion and removal
  • Scleral Lens Follow up(s) for micro adjustments

Scleral Lenses Are The Gold Standard Of Contact Lens Comfort And Work For Just About Anyone
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Patients Talk About 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 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.

What is your history? 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.

What is your vision history? 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.

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Other Specialty Contact Lens Fittings In Houston

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.

More About Specialty Contact Lenses
  • It is not uncommon for patients to have difficulty wearing contact lenses for a number of reasons. Due to the individual eye shape, certain conditions or impairments or the aftermath of surgery, some patients are considered to be “hard to fit” as contact lens wearers.

    For hard to fit patients that prefer to wear contact lenses however, there are options available that can provide comfortable and effective contact lens wear. This will require a specialized fitting with an eye doctor that is an expert that knows your condition and the various products available to find the right match for your specific condition.  You may be considered a hard to fit contact lens candidate if you have one of the following conditions:

    Dry Eyes

    Astigmatism

    Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

    Keratoconus

    Pellucid Marginal Degeneration

    Post-LASIK or other refractive surgery

    Presbyopia (reduced near vision common in individuals aged 40 and over).

    Corneal Scarring

    Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses

    Dry Eye Syndrome causes your eyes to feel dry, gritty, burning, red, and irritated.  Dry Eye Syndrome can also cause blurred vision. Often these symptoms can sometimes worsen by the use of contacts. In fact, many people who do not normally suffer from chronic dry eyes, will experience some of these symptoms as a result of contact lens wear.

    First of all, if you have chronic dry eyes, you should see your eye doctor for treatment and relief before you think about contact lenses. Once your dry eyes are treated, it is safe to try contacts and there are a number of options that can be considered.

    Many brands of soft contacts and products such as disinfectant and cleansing solutions are made with ingredients that are designed to be more comfortable for individuals with dry eyes. Your eye doctor will be able to recommend some of these brands and products to you. Alternatively, gas permeable (GP) or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are made with a hard material that in some cases does not dry out like soft lenses and they are able to hold a certain amount of moisture beneath the lens to keep the eye from drying out. Gas permeable lenses are a very good option and can be quite comfortable for individuals with dry eyes.

    Additionally, your doctor might recommend a specific wearing schedule such as limiting the time you wear your contacts throughout the day or replacing your contacts on a more frequent basis.

    Toric Lenses for Astigmatism

    Astigmatism is a condition that causes blurred vision (in some cases double vision) because rather than being round, the front of the eye (the cornea) has two curves instead of one, therefore, having two focal points instead of one. This makes it hard for traditional contact lenses to fit and therefore requires specialized contact lenses such as toric lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs).

    Toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism and custom made to fit the eye of the patient. Most are made of soft material designed to stay in place on the eye, however in some cases, when the rotation of the lens (due to blinking and eye movement) can’t be stopped, gas permeable lenses might be tried. Due to the customization and more complicated fitting process required for these lenses, they are more expensive and take more time for the contact lens laboratory to make than traditional lenses.

    Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) and Contact Lenses

    GPC is a type of conjunctivitis in which the inner surface of the eyelid becomes swollen.  The condition can be caused or worsened by a buildup of protein deposits on contact lenses.  Your eye doctor may either recommend daily disposable lenses or RGP lenses (which are not water based) and therefore do not have a tendency for protein buildup.  Your doctor may also prescribe medicated eye drops and require you to stop the use of contact lenses until the symptoms improve.

    Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) or Gas Permeable (GP) Lenses

    Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) also known as Gas Permeable (GP) lenses are effective for many hard to fit patients.  The hard, oxygen permeable material lets the eye breathe and significantly reduces the chance of infection due to protein deposits which tend to harbor bacteria on soft lenses.  RGPs also hold moisture under the lens to keep eyes from drying out.

    Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses for Keratoconus

    Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea thins and bulges forward into a cone shape.  Traditional contact lenses may cause some discomfort in these patients and the vision may still be blurry therefore RGPs are often used for treatment for mild, moderate, and some severe cases.  Rigid gas permeable lenses may help to slow down the cone shape from worsening in some cases. Further, RGPs are able to assist in vision correction for keratoconus which is often not possible with soft contacts or even eyeglasses.

    Post-LASIK or Vision Correction (Refractive) Surgery

    While LASIK surgery has a very high success rate, there are vision complications and symptoms that sometimes remain.  Night vision after LASIK, in particular, can sometimes give you side effects such as glare or halos around lights.  RGPs are often effective in helping with these side effects and restoring clear vision.

    Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

    Presbyopia is a common condition in those people usually over 40 years old iin which the eyes’ ability to focus on close objects is impaired. Many people keep a pair of bifocal or multifocal glasses on hand for times when they have to read menus, newspapers, books, and other objects that require near vision.  For those that prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses, bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are an option.

    For some patients that have presbyopia and need correction for distance vision as well, one option is monovision.  Monovision is a contact lens fitting process in which you wear a contact lens in one eye for distance vision and the other contact lens of your other eye for near vision.  Another option is multifocal contact lenses.  In this contact lens fitting process, both eyes are usually fit for distance vision and both eyes are used for near at the same time.  Both contact lens fitting options usually take about one week for the brain and the eyes to adjust.

    If you have one of these conditions or find contact lens wear difficult for another reason, speak to your eye doctor. As technology improves there are more and more options for hard to fit contact lens patients to benefit from the comfort and convenience of contact lens use.

Our optometrists, have successfully helped many patients come from all over Houston including , Spring, Woodlands, Conroe

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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.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

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.