Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral rigid gas permeable contact lenses are made for corneas with irregular shapes due to diseases such as keratoconus, past RK, PRK, AK or LASIK surgeries, or past corneal transplants. These large lenses allow more comfort than small, rigid gas permeable contact lenses, and much better vision than any soft contact lenses.
Fitting of scleral gas permeable contact lenses has allowed many patients to achieve 20/20 vision with the ability to wear contact lenses 10-12 hours per day. Dr. Plank has adjusted his practice to specialize in the fitting of scleral lenses, rigid gas permeable contact lenses for myopia and high astigmatism and has patients from as far away Florida coming to visit him for this specialized service.
Dry eye Treatment
Dry eye disease is a chronic cause of decreased vision, discomfort, redness, and pain. Due to Oklahoma's environment (11th driest city in the U.S., 3rd worst allergy city in the U.S.), many Oklahomans are suffering from dry eye disease. The most common sufferers of dry eye disease include women over 40, digital device users, and allergy medication users. In addition, many prescription medications can create a decrease in tear film. Dry eye disease is becoming more frequent in children due to the amount of digital screen time as well.
Dry eye treatments range from OTC drops, Rx drops like Restasis or Xiidra, steroid drops like Lotemax and Eysuvis, nasal sprays like Tyrvaya, lid treatments with heat, and lid expression. Unfortunately, due to its chronicity, dry eye is rarely fixed but treatment plans can be created for each individual that keeps dry eye under control.