Five Patients Share Their Experiences with Scleral Lenses
*All stories are based on real patient experiences
How has your vision been since switching to scleral lenses?
“It has been very clear, a lot better than my soft contacts and a 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 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 before sclerals?
“I was a keratoconus patient and first had a corneal transplant on one eye and then the other.”
Did you try contacts after a 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.”
How Sclerals Changed Your Life?
“In middle school, I was diagnosed with Astigmatism and wore contact lenses, but in college, I started having issues and was diagnosed as having early-stage Keratoconus. I visited many eye doctors, tried a lot of contact lenses, and eventually underwent a corneal transplant. The surgery was not successful, and my vision remained as it was before the operation. 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.”
If you’re seeking relief for your astigmatism, keratoconus, misshapen corneas or dry eyes, Dr. Alexa Ives can help. provides scleral lenses to patients from Murrysville, West Newton, Delmont, Pittsburgh, and throughout Pennsylvania.