Vision Therapy in Bethany

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 Bethany Vision Clinic, 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 Bethany Vision Clinic 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.


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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 Bethany Vision Clinic 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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- Jul. 23, 2024
Bethany Vision Clinic has changed our lives...Dr. Engel made such a huge improvement for our son and... he will be our forever EYE guy!! His staff is simply amazing and always willing to help!!
- Jul. 16, 2024
Personal service and a real attempt to do what they can to solve or at least improve your issues and... to fit you in in an emergency
- Jun. 26, 2024
My experience with Bethany Vision Clinic the past several years has been excellent. In my opinion, t... he best eyecare facility in Lincoln. Dr. Engel's and staff are top notch!
- May. 22, 2024
Dr. Engel and Staff are always kind, efficient and swift!!!!
- Oct. 28, 2023
Personalized care and attention to details.
- Aug. 15, 2023
Recently moved to town, so needed to find a new eye doctor! I was very impressed and pleased by my v... isit with the entire staff! From the moment I walked into the door, the staff was very welcoming! The doctor was excellent! Picking new frames was easy! I am very pleased and would highly recommend Bethany Vision Clinic!
- Jun. 29, 2023
Bethany Vision Clinic is wonderful! They are friendly, patient, hassle free & great communicators. A... small hometown feel in the city.
- Dec. 29, 2022
Great people very professional
- Feb. 24, 2022
Dr. Engle listens!
- Feb. 17, 2022
I've been going here for over 15 years. After they changed owners a few years ago, I love it even mo... re. Staff is very friendly and treats you like a friend or acquaintance rather than a customer. The Dr. takes his time to explain things so you understand them and makes time to get you in very quickly if an urgent eye issue happens.
- Dec. 20, 2021
Very friendly, helpful staff. We really like the doctor and all the opticians
- Nov. 11, 2021
Dr. Engel was efficient and thorough and answered all of my questions. I love the contact lens polic... y to send home for ten days and then follow up to make sure they are working for you!
- Nov. 06, 2021
Always great, friendly service and a thorough exam. Highly recommend Dr Engel and his staff!!
- Oct. 12, 2021
Bethany Vision has the most terrific, friendly staff! Scheduling an appt has always been easy, and a... ppointments always quick. The waiting area looks cozy with a fridge, TV, magazines, and more, though I've never been able to enjoy it because I never have a wait! Dr. Engel has always provided tremendous care, taking the time to educate me on the overall health of my eyes and how to ensure healthy vision for years to come. He has helped to correct so many vision issues, and I cannot thank him enough. Love, love, love Bethany Vision Clinic!
- Oct. 01, 2021
Dr. Engel is the best!
- Aug. 11, 2021
This vision clinic did not disappoint me. It was recommended to me from my vision doctor in NC. I wa... s well cared for by Megan who also helped me pick out my frames. The doctor was excellent and showed a sincere touch. Don’t think about going anywhere else.
- Jul. 30, 2021
I’ve been seeing Dr. Engel for 20 years and now all my children see him. He’s the only one I’l... l trust to see them. He’s very kind and great with kids too. The staff is very helpful and kind. I have very sensitive eyes, especially to prescription adjustments, and they have been so helpful and accommodating.
- Jul. 22, 2021
Dr. Engel & his staff are very friendly & professional. These people know what they are doing. Highl... y recommend this place for any of your vision needs.
- Jul. 08, 2021
I appreciate being able to schedule an appointment during their extended hours. That is very nice of... them. Very pleasant and professional atmosphere.
- Jun. 03, 2021
Dr. Engle and his team are incredibly focused on delivering a high quality, top notch, and personal ... experience. They all really care! I would highly recommend!

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Scleral Lenses in Bethany

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