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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 Bella Optical, 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 Bella Optical 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 Bella Optical 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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- Apr. 17, 2024
My entire family has been seeing Dr Amir for over 20 years !! Following him around town each time he... moved his practice to bigger space. He is truly an awesome doctor!
- Mar. 07, 2024
Love this place! The doctors and staff are very friendly and helpful.
- Mar. 01, 2024
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- Feb. 20, 2024
I have been going to Bella Optical for 5 years. The entire staff has been attentive, sincere, and ca... ring.
- Feb. 16, 2024
The office is really inviting, and Dr. Garcia really took her time by explaining everything to me.
- Feb. 01, 2024
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- Jan. 30, 2024
Dr Garcia is an excellent optometrist and she goes above and beyond in order to help you out and get... the right product that you need.
- Jan. 16, 2024
I've been visiting this office since 2012/2013 my level of services have never changed im pleased wi... th doctor and staff
- Jan. 06, 2024
Dr is very friendly and happy with the visit. Front office staff are great. They are all very welcom... ing and responsive to questions/requests.
- Dec. 29, 2023
It was my first visit here for an annual exam. Dr. Amir and his staff are professional, friendly and... efficient. This was a good experience.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Great experience. Everyone was very professional and friendly. My glasses were in less than 2 wks.
- Nov. 16, 2023
Friendly and informative!
- Nov. 06, 2023
They communicate very well with each other and with you as a person if you go there for exams they�... �re quick to do any adjustments that may be needed after you get a new pair of glasses and I feel like the doctor the eye doctor is just a very personable person he’s a good people person
- Oct. 07, 2023
Great clinic, professional staff, and an awesome doctor. My wife and I had our annual eye exam appoi... ntments with Dr Amir, and it was a great experience. He made a thorough check on our eyes and provided professional recommendations at the end. Definitely recommend this place.
- Sep. 22, 2023
I highly recommend Dr Amir and the friendly staff at Bella Optical. They are kind to my kids and alw... ays have been so warm and welcoming to everyone. 🙂
- Aug. 22, 2023
Update to first visit: New glasses ready in 8 business days. Fit well & progressive set correctly. ... Once again excellent support & service from staff. I'll be back! Original review: Had great first appointment here since my previous doc would not take my new insurance. Very friendly staff, focused doctor & Lynette was engaged & attentive to help me find glasses & prescription sunglasses. Generally good selection with designer names. Next test is how glasses fit since they are progressive lenses. A 14 business day wait to receive.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Continued great service!
- Jul. 23, 2023
My 4 daughters and I needed eye exams. I called Bella Optical to schedule the appointments and the l... ady I spoke to was super nice. The day of the appointments the staff were helpful and sweet. Our eye doctor was also very nice and answered all my questions. When it came time to pick our glasses we were not rushed and were able to find the right glasses for ourselves. I would definitely recommend Bella Optical on Huebner Road.
- May. 29, 2023
Excellent experience! Staff were friendly and professional, clean atmosphere, and they have specials... on services available.
- Apr. 21, 2023
Best eye care facility for glasses and contacts!

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