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  • Writer's pictureDr. Roya Habibi

What is a Scleral Lens and Why Should YOU Care?

A scleral contact lens is a gas permeable contact lens that is unique in that it doesn't directly touch the front of the eye (the cornea). Instead, it vaults over the cornea and sits on the scleral (or white of the eye). While that might sound unusual, these lenses offer the maximum benefit of protection and lubrication for those suffering from poor vision or dry eye complications.

Could you benefit from a Scleral Lens? If you fit any of the profiles below, the answer is probably a resounding "Yes."

  • People with distorted eyes: Keratoconus, complications after LASIK, after corneal transplantation, etc.

  • People with severe dry eyes: Sjogrens, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Graft-versus-host disease, graves disease.

  • People who can't close their eyes all the way: Nerve Palsys, Bells Palsy, Acoustic neuroma, after eyelid surgery.

  • People who have very high prescription: "normal" eyes with high vision correction can benefit from this lens because of it's great vision it provides.


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Hi, I'm  Dr. Roya!

I'm an Optometrist with extensive experience and expertise in the fields of dry eye, eye comfort, keratoconus, speciality contact fitting, and comprehensive eye care.


As a globally recognized professional in my field, I shifted my focus in 2023 towards sharing my knowledge and skills with other practitioners in order to help the greatest number of people. To achieve this goal, I have established Ojos Del Mar, a concierge eye care clinic located in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, where through a multi year Advanced Fellowship training program, I impart my knowledge to licensed Costa Rican optometrists, assisting them in enhancing the quality of eye care available to the people of this beautiful country. 

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