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  • Writer's pictureSimone Klose

Scleral Lenses in Namibia

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

At Olympia Eye & Laser Centre, we are committed to providing cutting-edge eye care solutions, and we are proud to be at the forefront of introducing EyePrintPRO technology to Africa in 2019. Today, we delve into the world of scleral lenses, a revolutionary vision correction method that not only transforms vision but also offers a non-surgical alternative for conditions such as keratoconus.

Understanding Keratoconus: Keratoconus is a progressive eye disorder characterized by the thinning and bulging of the cornea into a cone shape. This results in distorted vision, sensitivity to light, and increased nearsightedness or astigmatism. For individuals facing the challenges of keratoconus, finding an effective and comfortable solution is paramount.

The Role of Scleral Lenses: Scleral lenses have emerged as a game-changer in the realm of vision correction, especially for conditions like keratoconus. These large, gas-permeable lenses vault over the cornea, resting on the sclera (the white part of the eye). The liquid reservoir between the lens and the cornea helps to create a smooth optical surface, correcting the irregularities caused by keratoconus.

Key Benefits of Scleral Lenses:

1. Enhanced Visual Clarity: Scleral lenses provide exceptional visual acuity by compensating for the irregular shape of the cornea, offering clearer and sharper vision.

2. Comfort and Stability: The design of scleral lenses ensures they remain stable on the eye, providing a more comfortable experience compared to traditional contact lenses.

3. Moisture Retention: The liquid reservoir between the lens and the cornea helps maintain constant moisture, making scleral lenses suitable for individuals with dry eyes.

4. UV Protection: Scleral lenses cover a larger portion of the eye, providing added protection against harmful UV rays.

5. Delaying Surgical Approaches: For many patients with keratoconus, scleral lenses offer a non-invasive alternative to surgery, delaying the need for more drastic measures such as corneal transplantation. Other surgical services we offer include Corneal Xlinking, preventing further corneal thinning and ICRS (Intra corneal ring segments), with the latter being unique to Namibia.

Apart from conventional scleral lenses we can also offer our patients EyePrintPRO Technology. This innovative system customizes scleral lenses based on a 3D impression of the individual eye, ensuring a perfect fit and optimal visual correction. As one of only 10 locations in Africa offering this unique service, we provide our patients with the most advanced and personalized vision solutions.

Patient Testimonial:

Living with keratoconus can be challenging, but with advancements in technology and the introduction of EyePrintPRO at EyeDoc Namibia, there is hope for a clearer and more comfortable future. Scleral lenses, with their transformative benefits and the added precision of EyePrintPRO technology, exemplify our commitment to delivering unparalleled eye care to our patients. If you or someone you know is dealing with keratoconus, schedule a consultation with our experienced team to explore the possibilities that scleral lenses and EyePrintPRO can offer.

Your journey to clearer vision starts here at Olympia Eye & Laser Centre.

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