Hi Alex and welcome.
I am hoping we'll get some success stories here eventually (and if there are some that I haven't noticed maybe someone can post a link) from Aussie members with sclerals fitted successfully for dry eye. I find it really frustrating that I know many fittings are happening - for example, here in the US I am sure there are fittings with Jupiter and other lenses that are successful but I virtually never hear from people who are successfully wearing those lenses long term for dry eye. Wish they'd come out of the woodwork already
Have you worked with moisture retaining eyewear yet?
Originally Posted by alex123711
If it's @ BFS in Boston, you spend 1-2 weeks there. If it's anywhere else, it will typically be a series of appointments with anywhere from days to weeks in between as they order and try out successive lenses.
1. How long does the process usually take to get them done/ get appointments etc.
Depends whether you can get insurance to cover it. Most people who go to BFS are usually getting insurance coverage to handle some or all of it.
Me, yes. I have them for vision as well as dry eye though.
3. Were they worth it for you.
There are scleral fitters in Australia. If you go to one, I would insist on getting information on their success rates fitting sclerals specifically (and exclusively) for dry eye and if possible try to speak with a patient of theirs who has been wearing the lenses for awhile.
4. I'm not from the U.S (AUS) so will there be any problems getting them done?
They're quite tough so long as you take care of them. One thing to keep in mind though is that for dry eye, the lens should be plasma treated, and this treatment may need to be redone periodically. My lenses start getting a little uncomfortable and the vision degrades slightly and that's how I know I need them re-plasma'd.
5. How long do they generally last/ need to be replaced?
Note that there is a difference between the cost of initially getting lenses fitted and the cost of purchasing replacement lenses. This varies by practitioner. At BFS the replacement lenses are a small fraction of the cost of the original fitting process.
If you can pursue it locally, like i said I'd try and get some references first to know you're not just a guinea pig, but considering the cost of heading overseas for it, that would probably make sense to try.
I'd like to weigh up the pro's and cons beforehand because it is likely to take up a lot of time and money for me being overseas.
The Dry Eye Zone