Dr. Momnie of Chicopee Eyecare discusses Scleral Lenses
For over thirty years, the doctors at Chicopee Eyecare have been fitting specialty contact lenses for patients with specific eye conditions. As an example, Drs. Momnie and Guzek-Latka have fit several infants and children with aphakia contact lenses (following cataract surgery) and a video of Dr. Momnie inserting a contact lens in a four month old infant can be seen on YouTube.
They have specialized in fitting irregular corneas, mostly patients with a disease called keratoconus, for many years and have used soft lenses, rigid (formerly called “hard”) lenses, and hybrid lenses (combination of rigid center and soft skirt). The optometrists began fitting scleral lenses in 2015 after it became apparent that some patients with advanced corneal disease or severe dry eyes simply could not wear one of the aforementioned lenses and scleral lenses technology had improved due to new materials with better “breathability.”
Scleral lenses are large gas permeable lenses that completely vault the cornea (never touching it) and land on the sclera, the white part of the eye. They are remarkably comfortable and give excellent vision. Scleral lenses require more expertise to fit and definitely require more of the doctor’s time so it is no surprise that only a small percentage of eye doctors fit them. Chicopee Eyecare is one of the few offices in Massachusetts that fits scleral lenses and most of their patients are referred by other eye doctors.