Vision Therapy in Pine City

Scleral Lenses: Breaking Barriers for Sjogren's Syndrome

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Understanding Sjogren's Syndrome: An Autoimmune Condition

Sjogren's syndrome is an intricate autoimmune condition that launches an immune system attack on the body's own moisture-producing glands. While it can affect multiple organ systems, it commonly impacts the eyes and mouth.

The result? Persistent dryness in these crucial areas causes not only daily discomfort but also a host of potential complications, with the eyes being particularly vulnerable to its effects.

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Sjogren’s Impact on Daily Life

Living with Sjogren's syndrome is akin to waging a daily battle against one's own body. The dryness experienced in the eyes and mouth causes constant discomfort, affecting every facet of life.

Dry Eyes: The absence of tears leads to a gritty, burning sensation, making simple tasks like reading or blinking painful. Over time, it can damage the cornea — the eye's clear front surface.

Dry Mouth: Beyond affecting the enjoyment of food and drink, a dry mouth can hinder speech, alter taste, and trigger recurrent mouth infections. Saliva plays a crucial role in digestion and dental health, and its absence has far-reaching consequences.


Scleral Lenses in Pine City

Our optometry practice in Pine City

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

How Scleral Lenses Counter Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren's disease can significantly affect the eyes, leading to persistent dryness, discomfort, and potential complications. Traditional approaches to vision correction, such as glasses or standard contact lenses, often don’t provide relief and can exacerbate symptoms. This is where scleral lenses offer a groundbreaking solution.

The unique design of scleral lenses allows them to arch over the cornea, forming a space that is filled with saline solution. This maintains ocular moisture and acts as a protective shield.

Scleral lenses are tailored to fit individuals’ eyes, ensuring optimal comfort and effectiveness. Think of it as wearing a perfectly tailored suit for your eyes, designed to match their unique contours.

Here are four compelling reasons why individuals with Sjogren's disease find relief and comfort with scleral lenses:

  • Increased Moisture

    Scleral lenses cover a greater portion of the eye's surface. This design ensures that the eye remains in a moisture-rich environment throughout the day, alleviating dryness and discomfort.

  • Optimal Comfort

    Scleral lenses provide superior comfort due to their unique design. They vault over the cornea, avoiding direct contact with sensitive areas of the eye.

  • Consistent Clarity

    Unlike traditional lenses, scleral lenses offer consistent vision clarity. Dry eyes can cause fluctuations in vision, but scleral lenses help maintain stable and clear eyesight.

  • Protection and Relief

    Scleral lenses act as a protective barrier, shielding the eyes from external irritants and reducing the need for excessive blinking or eye rubbing.

Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 10, 2024
A friendly place.
- Apr. 10, 2024
Staff are always professional, pleasant and helpful.
- Apr. 07, 2024
The Dr. and staff have a very professional yet joyful attitude when talking with patients.
- Mar. 26, 2024
I felt welcomed and comfortable. Dr. Benedict was very thorough and checked me completely.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Been going here since I was 6 years old. Staff and doctors are great! I'll continue to go out of the... way to make sure I go see them. Always trusted them 100% to take care of my eyes.
- Mar. 20, 2024
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Took time to explain tests and results.
- Mar. 18, 2024
I am so grateful for the team at Pine Eye. I went in for a routine checkup knowing that my eyes had ... changed since the last visit. Dr. T. was honest with her genuine concern over the significant changes that had taken place and validated the feelings I had about my much my vision had been affected. I’ve got my new glasses and can see quite nicely.
- Mar. 14, 2024
Thanks! Great experience!
- Mar. 01, 2024
Dr. Garafalo is very talented, very thorough, and totally engaged in a great outcome or solution for... his patients. We are so glad we were referred to him by a friend. We highly recommend him as well.
- Feb. 17, 2024
Very thorough and were able to allay my fears
- Feb. 15, 2024
I’ve been to numerous optometrists in the past 4-5 years & always left with a new rx but still not... being able to see clearly. I always felt like I was crazy and just expecting to see “perfect” and that it was no longer an option after age 35 🤣. Dr Benedict took the time to figure out why I was having so much trouble with my overall vision for YEARS. He did some extra testing in my exam and found the problem. It literally changed my life! I also no longer feel like a hypochondriac 🤣
- Jan. 14, 2024
I take a 45 minute drive to Pine Eye instead of going to the local doctor in town. I'm a very indeci... sive person and I was struggling with frame's. The more the looked the more uncomfortable I started to feel. After staff noticing they helped narrow down choices and boosted my confidence on the best frame's for me. It was wonderful! Plus I'm very forgetful and always running late.. I get multiple reminders through emails and phone calls, which is greatly appreciated!
- Jan. 04, 2024
Hands down the best eye Dr I've been to! Dr. Toler is amazing, warm, and friendly. She explained eve... rything so I understood them and I left with a full understanding of what went on!! I'll continue to see Dr.Toler and will recommend this eye clinic to everybody I know!!
- Jan. 03, 2024
Dr. Iverson and staff are very helpful and friendly. Dr. Iverson does a great job answering question... s. Eye exam was very thorough. Requested prescription for computer use. Eyeglasses are excellent. I can see clearly now! Thank you.
- Nov. 12, 2023
Excellent care and kind staff. Helpful with finding frames, and transparent about insurance deductib... les and extra costs.
- Nov. 02, 2023
Fast and quick service
- Oct. 13, 2023
Highly recommend to all my friends and family. Best eye doctor and I am always highly satisfied with... the whole experience at pine eye. They were the first ones that got my prescription right… I couldn’t see for 30 years… and then I went to pine eye.
- Sep. 17, 2023
Excellent doctors and staff! Very personal service! I would highly recommend Pine Eye Associates!
- Aug. 29, 2023
Very strong communication between doctor and her staff! My doctor did a very intense appointment.... And that made me happy. I just got alot if issues going on. And she attended to my needs. Im 100 percent satisfied with my visit.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Dr. Garofalo is the best around. I’ll never see anyone else. He’s so pleasant, easy to be around... , we spend half of every visit laughing; my kids love him. The rest of the staff are lovely as well. I’ve never had a negative experience in our many years of going to Pine Eye.

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How Can I Get Scleral Lenses for My Sjogren's Syndrome?

Getting scleral lenses for Sjogren's syndrome is a journey toward comfort and an enhanced quality of life.

  • Step 1: Consultation with an Expert

    Begin your journey with a consultation with a scleral lens expert who will evaluate your symptoms, assess your specific needs, and determine if scleral lenses are the right option.

  • Step 2: Custom Fitting

    Scleral lenses are not one-size-fits-all; they are tailored to fit your eyes perfectly. Advanced technology takes precise measurements and maps your eye's surface.

  • Step 3: Trial and Adjustment

    Fitting scleral lenses is an iterative process that involves trying on a trial pair for assessment, with adjustments made to achieve optimal comfort.

  • Step 4: Training and Education

    Wearing scleral lenses requires training in insertion and removal and proper care and maintenance to ensure their longevity and effectiveness.

  • Step 5: Ongoing Care and Monitoring

    Scleral lenses require ongoing care and monitoring through regular appointments with your eye doctor to ensure they continue to fit well and meet your needs. At Pine Eye Associates, we support you on your journey to relief and comfort.


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Experience Relief with Scleral Lenses from Pine Eye Associates

Scleral lenses have the potential to provide significant relief and comfort for individuals dealing with the challenges of Sjogren's disease. 

If you or a loved one has Sjogren's disease and is interested in exploring the benefits of scleral lenses, schedule a consultation with Pine Eye Associates today. Your journey to relief and visual comfort begins here.

(320) 629-7262