Vision Therapy in San Tan Ranch

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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert, 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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert 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 San Tan Ranch

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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  • Medicare
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  • Spectera
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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 20/20 Image Eye Centers - Gilbert 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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- Dec. 28, 2023
Great place for eye care! Friendly staff and reasonable prices!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Friendly staff.
- Dec. 10, 2023
Staff is super friendly and Dr Ng is awesome
- Nov. 10, 2023
Dr. Stott is excellent! The staff is friendly and efficient. I will not go to any other eye doctor.
- Oct. 01, 2023
Great with kids!! Fast service.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Excellent service, Jeff is honest and patient with frame selection too!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Dr. Kyle Stott and the staff at this office are wonderful! They were very thorough and patient with... all my questions during my eye exam, and when picking out new glasses. I am so thankful I found this office in our neighborhood!
- Jul. 07, 2023
The staff is super helpful!
- Jun. 07, 2023
Dr Stott is amazing. He is very patient and understanding. The staff is very friendly.
- May. 17, 2023
Everyone is very professional and friendly. They are experts at glasses and got me exactly the right... style and prescription.
- Apr. 30, 2023
Dr Scott is awesome! Best Eye Doctor in the Valley!
- Apr. 07, 2023
Always friendly, efficient, and on time.
- Mar. 14, 2023
Everyone at 20/20 image is so sweet, Friendly, and patient. They deserve 10 stars. If you are decidi... ng between Oasis Visions and 20/20 image, do not go to Oasis.
- Feb. 01, 2023
The doctor and staff actuality care about your needs and experience
- Jan. 31, 2023
The staff at this location are so fantastic - knowledgeable, friendly, and they know what they’re ... doing. Dr. Stott has been more helpful than any doctor I’ve ever seen. He actually diagnosed my dry eyes and helped to make it better - he didn’t just shove plugs in like every other doctor I’ve been to! He also (along with the staff) hooked me up with multi-focal contacts that work! My last doctor told me I was stuck with glasses, unless I wanted to wear contacts for distance, and reading glasses for near and mid-distance. (Was he even aware of multi-focal contacts??) I’m so happy. Like, SOOOO happy!!! What a fantastic place. I’d bear hug everyone there, if it wasn’t weird to do so.
- Jan. 07, 2023
Amazing doctor and staff
- Dec. 30, 2022
20/20 has delivered me the best pair of glasses of my life, TWICE now. I walked out of there being a... ble to see leaves on trees down the block!
- Oct. 12, 2022
The doctor and staff were all wonderful with my child. The doctor explained everything to me that he... was doing, was very thorough during the exam and helped me understand the need for glasses. The woman at the front desk helped me choose the glasses and decide which would be best, was very helpful and incredibly sweet and patient with my one year old. I am so glad I chose this business and will continue using them for myself and family!
- Oct. 05, 2022
For eye exams and contact fittings both Dr. Stott and Dr. Ng are great doctors. The staff in the of... fice are friendly and helpful, and I actually think they have continued to become more helpful and friendly over the 4-5 years I have been going to this office. Getting glasses at this office can be an adventure though - getting glasses for my grandmother took a long time with communication hiccups and the factory breaking the frames. I have seen other customers come in with similar issues. But if you are someone needing and eye exam or contacts then you shouldn't have any issues!
- Aug. 31, 2022
This is one of the best opticians around Gilbert with better appointment and good customer service a... nd referral.

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