Are you experiencing vision issues after undergoing LASIK surgery or RK (Radial Keratotomy)? You’re not alone.
While these procedures are generally successful in correcting eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, some individuals may encounter lingering refractive errors, particularly irregular astigmatism.
This condition causes blurred and distorted vision that cannot be corrected with glasses. But the good news is that this condition can be treated with expertise at Complete Eye Care, Belmont. Contact us today.
Understanding Irregular Astigmatism
Irregular astigmatism differs from other types of astigmatism in that the difference in the powers of the cornea is not 90 degrees apart. It is one of the most serious and frequent complications of corneal refractive surgery, resulting in poor vision that cannot be effectively corrected with traditional glasses or standard contact lenses.
Similarly, reverse geometry lenses, combination lenses, and rigid sas permeable (RGP) lenses are often inadequate for post-refractive surgery patients. These lenses sit directly on the cornea, which may not be strong and stable due to the recent surgery. Attempting to wear these lenses can cause discomfort, pain, and potential corneal damage.
Why Scleral Lenses are Preferred for Irregular Astigmatism
Scleral lenses, on the other hand, offer an excellent solution for correcting irregular astigmatism and refractive errors following LASIK or R-K surgery.
Unlike traditional contact lenses, scleral lenses vault over the cornea, making them suitable for individuals who have undergone corneal refractive surgery. By resting on the sclera (the white part of the eye), scleral lenses provide superior comfort, visual clarity, and safety.
With scleral lenses, you enjoy the benefits of sharp vision associated with rigid contact lenses, while also getting the optimal comfort comparable to soft contact lenses.
Advantages of Scleral Lenses for Irregular Astigmatism
1. Optimal Fit
Scleral lenses are custom-designed based on a topography reading of your unique cornea, ensuring a precise fit and alignment.
2. Enhanced Comfort
The larger size of scleral lenses allows them to comfortably rest on the sclera, minimizing any discomfort associated with corneal sensitivity.
3. Visual Clarity
Scleral lenses provide clear and sharp vision by overcoming corneal surface abnormalities and irregular astigmatism.
4. Dry Eye Relief
Scleral lenses may also alleviate dry eye symptoms that can occur after LASIK surgery. The scleral lens is filled with a special saline solution before being inserted into the eye, creating a reservoir of nourishing fluid that bathes the eye’s surface throughout the day.
How Scleral Lenses are Fitted for Irregular Astigmatism
Our experts use advanced techniques such as topography readings and O.C.T. mapping to ensure a precise and safe fit for your unique cornea.
Using all 11,000 points from your topography, each scleral lens is made just for you. With this, you can expect significant improvements in visual clarity, color perception, and contrast, allowing you to go about your daily activities without visual limitations.
Get Clear Vision After LASIK and R-K Surgery in Belmont
Contact Complete Eye Care for scleral lenses if you’re seeking clear, comfortable vision after LASIK or R-K surgery.
Our eye care clinic proudly offers expert and personalized care in the Greater Belmont Area, including Gastonia, Charlotte, Lake Wylie, and Clover, S.C.