I was actually quite excited to get fitted for scleral lenses. Scleral lenses are designed to treat a variety of eye conditions, many of which do not respond to other forms of treatment. These large contact lens rests on the sclera (the white of the eye) and creates a tear-filled vault over the cornea. So, I was hoping they would be much more comfortable because they would not rest on my sensitive, damaged corneas.
The fitting consisted of positioning my head over about 90 degrees, using two fingers to hold my upper and lower eye lids back while the optometrist inserted the large lenses. A small plunger was used to pry the lenses from my eyes.
After doing this to test several lenses in each eye along with the – “this or that, one or two” vision check, I was exhausted and my eyes felt sore, but I left feeling hopeful that the scleral lenses would finally give me my life back.