Envision Optical
Optometrist in QLD and NSW

Scleral Contact Lenses Help Tom Cruise Perform Crazy Stunt

September 15, 2015
Posted By: Envision Optical

At Envision Optical we are committed to enhancing the lives of patients on the Gold Coast by providing individual vision and eye health solutions. We want every person to experience clear vision, and many of our Gold Coast patients have complex vision and eye problems that they have not been able to have resolved in the mass produced chain store environment that prevails these days. One of our specialty areas at Envision Optical is in complex contact lens fitting for patients with eye surface disease that prohibits clear vision with glasses or contact lenses. One of the most common of these is keratoconus which causes a distorted curvature on the surface of the eye resulting in blurred vision. Our optometry team is very experienced and skilled in designing complex contact lens solutions for these patients to ensure they can experience maximum visual quality. In many cases these patients would effectively be legally blind without  their lenses.

What’s a Scleral Contact Lens?

Scleral contact lenses are large diameter rigid lenses that “vault” completely over the uneven eye surface neutralising its optical distortion and creating a “new” smooth effective focussing surface on the scleral lens. These contact lenses are also very effective in providing comfort in severe dry eye patients. They are complex to fit, but both Celia and Shonit have a great depth of experience in fitting these lenses and attend educational events every year to stay at the forefront of the use of this incredible technology. I’ll write more about scleral contacts in the future, but today I wanted to share this interesting application of scleral contacts that despite our depth of experience at Envision Optical we have yet to be personally involved in!

I recently saw the latest Mission Impossible film and without giving too much away there is an awesome stunt sequence at the start that Tom Cruise personally performs and he uses scleral contacts to help him. The scleral lenses Cruise uses are to protect his eyes and allow him to open them in high speed winds he encounters while actually hanging onto the wing of a plane as it takes off and flies up to 1.5km off the ground. Amazing!

If you know anyone who suffers from complex vision problems, refer them to one of our four Gold Coast practices at Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Tweed Heads South or Nerang. We’d be privileged to look after them.