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Therapeutic uses of scleral contact lenses for ocular surface disease: patient selection and special considerations

Authors Harthan JS, Shorter E

Received 8 February 2018

Accepted for publication 23 March 2018

Published 11 July 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 65—74

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTO.S144357

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Editor who approved publication: Mr Simon Berry


Jennifer S Harthan,1 Ellen Shorter2

1Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL, USA; 2University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Abstract: Scleral lenses are being prescribed for the management of corneal irregularity, uncomplicated refractive error, and ocular surface disease. There are many potential therapeutic uses of scleral lenses in addition to providing similar benefits as corneal gas permeable lenses. Scleral contact lenses are a valuable therapeutic tool for patients with ocular surface disease as these lenses protect the ocular surface, provide continuous corneal hydration while providing optimal visual correction, and are often used in conjunction with other therapies.

Keywords: scleral lenses, ocular surface disease, contact lenses

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