Scleral contact lens fitting is available in the Philippines. It was not available though in the earlier years. I have come across one foreign keratoconus blog with a Filipino with keratoconus asking where to get scleral lenses in the Philippines. He seemed desperate, I tried to reach out but the blog was no longer active. That was where the idea started. I used to think that small rigid gas permeable lens is the answer for all corneal irregularities, now I know I am wrong.
As more literatures are coming out, I realised that scleral lenses are invaluable in managing complicated corneas such as keratoconus, post surgical corneas such as in post LASIK and other post refractive surgery complications and corneal transplants. These lenses act as band-aids with cushions, vaulting the entire injured or compromised area. And since the lenses are filled with saline, these are great too for patients with ocular surface diseases such as dry eyes. The skirt of the scleral lens lands on the least sensitive part of the eye which is the sclera, that is why patients tolerate scleral lenses more than small rigid gas permeable lenses. As to the cost, it may be more than what conventional rgp’s would cost, but the outstanding vision and comfort that these lenses provide make it all worth it. When we do scleral contact lens fitting, we do series of tests and fittings before finalising the best fit for you.
How long does a scleral contact lens last? Well, depends on the progression of the condition as well as how well you clean them. A safe estimation will be 2 years or so.
We welcome inquiries on scleral contact lens fittings.