Nowadays, lenses are getting known to more people as they are found to be very helpful. Although glasses are a good alternative and are used for years, when it comes to lenses, they are definitely a good choice. 

You might wonder how those tiny, intricate lenses that go into our optical devices are made? Here in this blog, we will look into the fascinating process of Lens Manufacturing which would include all the essential steps taken in the production of Lens Manufacturing. 

1. Conceptualization:

It starts with a basic understanding and idea to manufacture a lens. Firstly, the basic requirements of the lens are developed before any manufacturing process starts. With Focal Length, Aperture, quality, it is also essential to understand why, what and how the lens would be used. This step is taken over by a professional team with some software and tools to make the overall design of the lens. 

2. Material Selection:

With the first step of Conceptualization being done, the material selection is done carefully for the lens which has to be made. The types of materials available in the market differ in their quality and properties which have a great effect on manufacturing. So for the lens chosen to be manufactured, the required material of good quality is taken up in the second step of lens manufacturing. 

3. Lens Grinding and Polishing:

Now comes the intricate process of shaping the lens. This is done through a combination of grinding and polishing techniques. The lens material is carefully shaped using diamond tools to achieve the desired curvature and thickness. This step requires immense precision and attention to detail to ensure the lens meets the exact specifications.

4. Coating Application:

With the grinding & polishing of the lens with immense precision being done, coating is the next step required. A thin layer of coating is given to the surface of the lens to increase its durability. Coating techniques might differ for different lenses according to their design and properties. But the main reason for the coating is that it protects the lens from any kind of damage and also enhances its properties to work better.  

5. Quality Control:

Without the quality control checks, none of the lenses manufactured are out for the next processing. There is an intensified quality check of every lens manufactured to check that the quality of the lens is not compromised in any way. If any imperfection or mistake is detected, it is completely corrected and then rechecked to ensure no issue occurs with the lens while further processed or used. 

6. Assembly and Final Testing:

With the lenses being manufactured completely, they are to be assembled if required. Once assembled, the lenses go through a final testing by the experts to ensure that the lenses work flawlessly and deliver the expected results without any defect. 

7. Packaging and Distribution:

Finally, once the lenses pass all the required processes and are verified by the experts for any defect, they are packaged well for distribution. The process is as important as others because the lenses are to be carefully packaged, so they are not damaged in any way. 

What are Scleral Contact Lenses? How is it different from regular contact lenses? In this blog, we will discuss about everything you need to know about scleral lenses and whether it's right for you.

Many people have already had bad experiences in the past with contact lenses. Some people think contact lenses aren't for them, whether it's because of a lack of stability, discomfort, or being told their eyes are "the wrong shape" for contact lenses.

But that's not necessarily true. Over the years, contact lens technology is evolving dramatically. Today, there is a specialty lens option available for everyone. The scleral lens is perhaps the most adaptable type of specialty contact.

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What are Scleral Contact Lenses?

Scleral Lenses

Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter gas permeable contact lenses specially designed to vault over the cornea (the clear front of the eye) and rest over the sclera (the white of the eye). The scleral lens provides a smooth optical surface that works to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus and other irregular cornea problems.

Unlike conventional lenses that rest on the cornea, scleral lenses are fitted to leave space between the lens and the cornea. Scleral lenses are filled with isotonic fluid before they are fitted. The space between the cornea and the back surface of the lens serves as a tear reservoir to keep the eye moisturized. The moisture helps people with severe ocular diseases feel more comfortable, especially those suffering from dry eyes.

Types Of Scleral Contact Lenses

Scleral lenses are divided into three types based on their size. The sizes range from 14.5 to 24mm, more extensive than standard lenses, usually 9 – 9.5 in magnitude. The size of the scleral lens allows it to cover the entire cornea, extending to the sclera. As the average human cornea is 11.4mm, even the smallest scleral lens can cover the entire cornea.

Types of scleral lenses include:

The contact lens size usually depends on the complexity of the vision problem it corrects. Your optometrist will decide which kind of contact lens to use during your eye exam.

Benefits Of Scleral Contact Lenses 

Scleral lenses can provide benefits like:

Who is a Good Candidate for Scleral Lenses?

Anyone who wants the best vision possible with contact lenses may be a candidate for scleral lenses. But scleral GP lenses are beneficial for the following conditions:

Hard-to-fit eyes: When you cannot comfortably fit conventional GP lenses to your eyes or when the shape of your eye causes the lenses to dislodge too easily (such as during sports), scleral lenses may provide a more comfortable and secure fit.

Any of the following conditions can make wearing traditional contact lenses more challenging:

Dry Eyes: Scleral lenses can help if your eyes are too dry for conventional contact lenses. The generous space between the back surface of wide scleral lenses and the cornea, in particular, acts as a tear reservoir to keep the front of your eye moist and comfortable.

Cost of Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses are custom-made to the exact specifications prescribed by your eye doctor to provide the best possible vision, eye health, and comfort.

So, the cost of scleral lenses will vary from patient to patient due to the individual nature of the lens. Your optometrist can provide you with information on the cost of the procedure and whether your insurance policy will cover some of the expenses.

A bad experience with contact lenses can certainly be off-putting. But contact lenses may still be an option for you, without sacrificing comfort or clarity. Book an appointment to see our optometrist and discuss how scleral lenses or the Ejones Opticals can help improve your vision.

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