Vision Therapy in Fisher's Landing East

How to Insert & Care for Your Scleral Lenses

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Scleral Lenses Candidates

Navigating the world of scleral lenses is vital in ensuring your eye health and optimal vision. At Advanced Eye Care, we are committed to providing thorough training to help you effectively insert, remove, and maintain your scleral lenses. Below is a comprehensive guide designed to make your scleral lens experience seamless.

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Inserting Scleral Lenses

1. Clean Hands: The process begins with a thorough hand washing. Use mild soap and a lint-free towel to dry your hands. This step is essential to prevent tiny fibers or contaminants from adhering to your lenses.

2. Eye Examination: Before inserting your lenses, examining your eyes for any redness or secretions is essential. If you experience any discomfort or changes in vision while wearing scleral lenses, don't hesitate to reach out to our office to schedule an eye exam.

3. Follow Professional Guidance: The experienced scleral lens team at Advanced Eye Care will provide specific instructions on the best insertion techniques during your visit to our clinic. Here's a general guideline:

  • Place a mirror flat on the table in front of you.
  • Examine the cleaned lens for any debris or cloudiness by holding it against the light.
  • Fill the lens bowl with your saline solution.
  • You can use your fingers or a specialized inserter tool for lens insertion. If you opt for using your fingers, the tripod method (employing two or three fingers) ensures stability and a flat lens placement on your eye.
  • Focus your gaze downward into the mirror, use one hand to hold your eyelids open, and gently insert the lens into your eye using your other hand. When you feel the saline against your eye’s surface, gently press and release. The lens will adhere  to your eye. Repeat the same process for the second lens.

If you experience discomfort, it could be due to an air bubble trapped beneath the lens surface. In such cases, remove the lens and reinsert it following the guidelines.


Scleral Lenses in Fisher's Landing East

Our optometry practice in Fisher's Landing East

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • VSP Individual Vision Plans
  • VSP Premier Edge
  • Eyemed Vision Care
  • Spectera
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Pacific Source
  • Blue Cross

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Tips for Removing Scleral Lenses

Clean Hands: After thoroughly washing your hands, look straight ahead. There are two methods for removing scleral lenses:

  1. Using Your Fingers: Gently press on your eye and pull the lens upward and out.
  2. Using a Plunger: Attach the plunger to the lower third of the lens, gently press on your eye, and then pull the lens upward and out. With practice, lens removal will become natural and effortless.

General Tips for Scleral Contact Lens Care

Scleral contact lenses are an innovative solution for various eye conditions, but their maintenance is crucial for your eye health and visual comfort. Here are some essential tips to ensure proper care:

Follow Your Optometrist's Instructions: Abide by your eye care professional's recommendations for lens cleaning, disinfecting, and storage solutions.

Proper Lens Insertion: When inserting lenses, ensure they are debris-free.

Adequate Lubrication: Use lubricating eye drops or preservative-free artificial tears to maintain eye moisture while wearing scleral lenses.

Regular Cleaning: Clean your lenses daily with the prescribed cleaning solutions. Rub and rinse them to remove any debris or deposits.

Regular Check-ups: Schedule routine follow-up appointments with Advanced Eye Care to monitor your eye health and lens fit.

Hydrogen Peroxide Care: If you use a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning system, ensure the lenses soak for the recommended duration before insertion.

Minimize Water Exposure: Avoid exposing your lenses to water, including swimming or showering while wearing them.

Avoid Overwearing: Stick to the recommended wearing time, especially if you're new to scleral lenses. Follow your optometrist's instructions for gradually increasing wear.

Replace Accessories: Replace your lens case regularly and follow care instructions to avoid contamination.

Emergency Removal Kit: Keep a lens removal kit with a plunger, spare lenses, and necessary accessories for unexpected situations.

Cleanliness: Maintain a clean lens storage case. Rinse it with saline and leave it open to air dry during the day.

Travel Precautions: When traveling, ensure you have all the necessary lens care items and spare lenses, and follow security regulations for carrying liquids.

Never Use Tap Water: Always avoid rinsing your lenses with tap water to avoid dangerous pathogens that can cause corneal ulceration leading to permanent vision loss.  

Proper care and maintenance of your scleral lenses are essential to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. Always follow your optometrist's guidance for the best practices tailored to your needs.

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- Jan. 24, 2024
Hands down the best I have ever been to! They absolutely know what they are doing and even took real... images of my eyes to make sure that they were healthy almost like an x-ray. Never seen that before in any other doctor's office. Very quick very knowledgeable and very informative. Clear communication! My last visit of visionworks at the Vancouver Mall set me on the hunt for a new doctor and found everything I was looking for and more here 🙏
- Dec. 22, 2023
I've been going to Advanced Eye Care for over a decade now, ever since I learned my eyes are bad. Th... ey're run pretty well and they have good customer service which has been consistent over the years. Building is clean and well-kept. They have some really nice eyeglasses selections in their shop that can be affordable with the right insurance, and they have cheaper options as well. The doctors seem to know what they are doing and can explain what's going on with your eyes that sounds patient and not scary. I've changed insurance a few times and already moved to another state but I don't want to let go of this place.
- Nov. 18, 2023
Very glad I found my new go to eye clinic. Dr. Drew was thorough and listened to all my concerns. ... The man of the hour was Tai who helped me picked out my glasses. After meeting Tai, I now understand there are levels to this game and Tai has achieved the highest level. Tai knows all there is to know about finding the perfect pair. The most important thing, he cares. Tai is truly an artisan of his field. My brother from another mother, thank you Tai!
- Jul. 27, 2023
We have been going to Advanced Eye Care for over Twenty years now and we have always been very grate... ful for all of their excellent services! They are very professional people who treat patients with respect and the best care possible! The entire care package from the Doctors Mari & Tim to everyone of the support staff (Tai & Kristin) and very friendly and caring! Sydney was most helpful in her IPhone Instructions. Thanks again for all your care!
- Feb. 28, 2023
Tai was fantastic and helpful choosing frames and lenses to suit my eyewear needs
- Feb. 25, 2023
Tai Hua was an amazing Optician. Specifically, he went out of his way to fix my glasses that I purch... ased from a different retailer. I give him 5 stars for going above and beyond, I highly recommend going to Advanced Eye Care.
- Feb. 25, 2023
Tai Hua was very helpful when I was picking out my new glasses 😁.
- Feb. 25, 2023
Tai is wonderful! He is always kind and helpful! He is the reason I have come here for almost 6 year... s!
- Feb. 21, 2023
Heather was amazing and super helpful with helping me pick out glasses. I was able to get in early ... and the Optometrist Mr. Garner was very kind and informative. 10/10 would recommend! Advanced Eye Car really does care ❤️
- Feb. 21, 2023
Great service, fast and at reasonable prices for great frames. Maje sure you ask for Tai Hua!
- Feb. 20, 2023
My family has been coming here for years and we have always had great service. Tai Hua always greets... us by name and is really helpful when picking out new frames. We appreciate all the employees here.
- Feb. 18, 2023
5/5 star service. Everyone was super kind and helpful. Huge shout out to Tai for helping me. I had o... rdered some contacts that ended up being on back order for a couple weeks. He figured out a way to get the contacts to me ASAP, kept me informed and was always professional and friendly. I know have my contacts sooner thanks to him and had a poor experience made great thanks to the wonderful staff.
- Feb. 12, 2023
Great service & wonderful staff. Kristin is always so helpful in picking out the best eye glasses an... d sunglasses. Ty is fantastic at figuring out my insurance coverage and giving style advice too. I always have a great experience here- I highly recommend Advanced Eye Care.
- Feb. 01, 2023
From the moment you walk in you are greeted with a friendly smile and atmosphere that puts you at ea... se. Pretesting with Dona is pleasant. All the Dr’s in the office are friendly, and genuinely care about your eye health. Then there is Tai…he knows his stuff about hooking you up with the right frames and lenses for all your needs and knowing how to use your insurance benefits to the max. Overall a great experience! Well done to everyone that works in this clinic, Advanced Eye Care!
- Feb. 01, 2023
I took my teenage daughter to Advanced Eye Care to get prescription eye glasses. Both the manager, T... ai Hua and the front desk receptionist were very friendly and warm. Tai helped us. He was professional and knowledgeable. My daughter took her time to pick out two glasses. Tai was patient in helping her pick out the right ones. It was Friday and almost closing time and he did not rush us at all. I really appreciate how well we were treated. We will definitely be back for eye exams and glasses. Thank you for the positive experience!
- Jan. 31, 2023
Went in for some sun glasses and Tai was very helpful with helping me find which one fit and how the... y looked on me! He really hooked me up!!
- Jan. 21, 2023
Great place. Staff is wonderful and very knowledgeable.
- Jan. 10, 2023
Every aspect of my experience has been great! The doctors and staff are wonderful. I just got my g... lasses and had my final fitting with Tai. He went above and beyond to make sure my frames fit perfectly. Thanks so much!
- Jan. 06, 2023
The entire experience with Advanced Eye Care was caring, friendly, patient and informative. Dr. Davi... d King was thorough and discussed my eye health in detail. Tai Hua, the Manager/Optician, explained the types of lenses as well as insurance coverage and costs. Thank you Advanced Eye Care!!
- Dec. 01, 2022
There are several reasons I was impressed with this clinic: there's parking!! It's bright and clean ... and the minute you walk in the door you're acknowledged even if they are assisting another client. Tim Garner, the doctor who saw me, was professional and friendly. He took the time to answer my (numerous) questions and even showed me examples online so I could better understand the subject. Elise, the young woman who was helping me with frames, was friendly but very professional for her short time in the business world, something I've found is not common. And patient! That girl deserves a raise after working with me! She was very knowledgeable about her inventory and unafraid to share an honest opinion. She also went the extra mile and adjusted my current frames so I could see until the new ones come in. Donna, who did the preliminary work up on my eyes, also keeps the front desk running smoothly and greets each client by name. Seriously. Who does that anymore? And she's funny and warm. Topping it all off was Tai, manager and certified optician, who took a personal interest in my situation and worked with Elise and me to find a final, very pleasing, solution to my vision needs. Honestly, why would you go anywhere else?

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