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Scleral Contact Lenses

Have astigmatism, keratoconus or severe dry eye?

Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates in New York City provides scleral lenses for
superior visual comfort and excellent optics.

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What Are Scleral Lenses?

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Scleral contact lenses are an extra-large type of rigid gas permeable lenses. Unlike traditional contacts, scleral lenses vault over the entire cornea, leaving a gap between the lens and the corneal surface. They rest on the white part of your eye (your sclera).

Scleral lenses are particularly useful for managing eye conditions such as:

  • Keratoconus
  • Astigmatism
  • Dry Eyes
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Post-refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK, PRK)
  • Presbyopia

We welcome you to call our eye doctors to discuss your needs and assess whether scleral lenses are right for you.

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Benefits of Wearing Scleral Lenses


With scleral lenses, you’ll experience superior vision and comfort, even if you have an irregular cornea. Below are some of the benefits of wearing sclerals:

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They stay centered on your eye and won't pop out easily

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Durable
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High-quality materials mean they'll last for the long haul

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Protects against allergies

Large lenses block debris, dust, and other allergens

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Breathable materials

Breathable material ensures oxygen reaches the eye

Lubricating Cushion in the lenses
Lubricating cushion

Pocket of moisturizing tears for all-day comfort and hydration

Ready to say goodbye to all those uncomfortable contact lenses and say hello to crystal clear comfortable vision? Book your appointment our eye doctors in New York City today!

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Scleral Lenses Reviews

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Scleral Lens Q&A with Dr. Susan Resnick, F.A.A.O.

Can scleral lenses help me with difficulty driving at night?

Yes – scleral lenses can definitely improve the quality of vision because of the unique structure of the contact lens lens. It provides a smooth, clear surface for the front of the eye, and can correct for more optical aberrations.

Are scleral lenses an effective treatment for someone with a high degree of dry eye disease?

Scleral lenses are often a very useful method of controlling dry eye symptoms because they hold a cushion of moisture inside the lens throughout the day, which allows the cornea to stay wet. This is as opposed to having the tear film evaporate, which is what causes dry eye in most cases.

Can scleral lenses help with post-corneal surgery complications?

This is the most common application of scleral contact lenses. as the lenses can cover many of the irregularities in the cornea that were caused by surgery, trauma, or scarring. Scleral lenses effectively serve as a round shell which sits over the cornea, restoring the eye to a normal shape so that the light can be more focused on the retina.

Will my medical / vision plan provide coverage for scleral lenses?

For many conditions, scleral lenses are considered medically necessary. It is dependant on the individual plan and whether or not the patient has met the deductible, but very often the lenses are considered a medical device. They differ from regular, soft contact lenses which mainly give us an alternative option to wearing glasses. Before a scleral lens fitting, our office can discuss with the patient how much coverage their plan is likely to provide.


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Dr. Susan Resnick

DR. SUSAN RESNICK O.D., F.A.A.O.

The treatment and management of dry eye as well as co-management of patients desiring refractive and cataract surgery are an integral part of Dr. Resnick’s practice.

Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus Treatment in New York City

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Are you suffering from:

    • Blurred or distorted vision.
    • Sudden worsening or clouding of vision.
    • Increased light sensitivity.

One of the most common conditions that scleral lenses help to address is keratoconus. This condition occurs when the normally round, clear part at the front of the eye, the cornea, begins to thin and bulge into a cone or football-like shape. This can severely harm your vision.

Scleral lenses help with this by providing a dome-like surface over the abnormal cornea, creating proper refraction for clear vision.

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Ready To Try Scleral Lenses?

First Step:

Call our eye care clinic in New York City to schedule an appointment with our professional scleral lens eye doctor.

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Second Step:
Contact Lens Fitting

Your Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates eye doctor in New York City will measure your cornea using a process called corneal topography.

Third Step:
Enjoy Clear Vision

Your customized scleral lenses will allow the right amount of light in and sit stably on the eye, offering superior vision, all-day hydration and increased comfort.

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FAQ | Understanding Scleral Lenses

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How do scleral lenses help with dry eye syndrome?

Scleral lenses are filled with a saline solution prior to inserting them, so your eyes are always hydrated and comfortable. This protects against dry eye symptoms such as pain, discomfort, eye redness, and itchiness while providing sharp and clear vision.

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What makes scleral lenses so comfortable?

Scleral lenses are always custom-fit to your eye which offers superior comfort. Moreover, their large size and shape also ensure they sit stably on your eye and don't pop out even during sports or other activities.

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Are scleral lenses hard to adjust to?

For some people, it can take up to 2 weeks to fully adjust to scleral lenses. Here are a few tips: wear them a little each day to get used to them; be generous in how much lens solution you use when inserting them; and, closely follow the hygiene instructions laid out by your eye doctor.

Experience a whole new world with scleral lenses!

Relieve your discomfort by scheduling a consultation with our eye doctors and we’ll help you find the best solution for your condition and lifestyle.

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