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Scleral lenses: back to basics

24 Feb 2024
Main Stage

The first documentations of contact lenses, fitted by the 19th century pioneers of this extraordinary concept, were quite remarkably, sclerals, and were fitted for a variety of irregular and diseased ocular surface presentations. While the Victorian specialists had only one available material, glass, today’s practitioner has a plethora of both materials and designs from which to choose. Since the early 1970s, soft contact lens materials have become increasingly popular, dominating the current contact lens marketplace and accounting for 90% of contact lenses fitted worldwide. With a resurgence, a renaissance, of scleral contact lens fittings and fitting techniques developed over the past decade, this lecture will consider the widespread visual and comfort benefits of scleral lenses, going absolutely ‘back to basics’, and will consider whether or not our 20th and 21st century deviations in instrumentation and contact lens modalities have been an effective, or indeed, positive journey.

Learning outcomes:

Practitioners will be able to explain the benefits of scleral contact lenses to patients

Practitioners will recognise the visual and comfort benefits of scleral contact lenses.

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Speakers
Nick Howard, Contact lens optician
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