Vision Therapy in O'Fallon

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 Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon, 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 Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon 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 O'Fallon

Our optometry practice in O'Fallon

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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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 Crown Vision Center - O' Fallon 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. 30, 2023
Dr. McCoy is very knowledgeable and thorough. The staff is friendly and professional. The location i... s convenient. Highly recommend!
- Nov. 12, 2023
Everything was perfect. First time visiting this one and was actually fun experience. Staff was supe... r nice and there was few minutes wait which made interesting listening party next door in their cooking class 🤣🤣 Really wanted to go there after my eye exam.
- Aug. 25, 2023
Dr. McCoy is An Amazing doctor! Such a great doctor plus so explains everything so well! Highly reco... mmend him!!
- Aug. 22, 2023
Excellent professional service and offered savings compared to other places I've experienced.
- Aug. 19, 2023
My recent visit with Dr. McCoy and his staff was exceptional! My older brother is blind and I am con... ditioned by media to fear lifestyle limiting conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Both the technician and Dr. McCoy greeted me with confident smiles, gentle manners and addressed my concerns with straight forward explanations. Dr. McCoy was thorough, precise and exacting. There wasn't anything about my vision that he didn't check out. The office imaging technology was terrific and so easy to do! Being able to view the retina images of my eyes on a screen as Dr. McCoy explained put me at ease.
- Aug. 04, 2023
Knowledge staff were very helpful and informative. No wait time and worth my drive out there from St... l city.
- Jul. 08, 2023
Everyone I saw and interacted with were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
- Jul. 01, 2023
My husband and I recently had our routine eye exams with Dr. McCoy and had a great experience! There... was little wait time, the technician who did our testing was very nice, and Dr. McCoy was thorough and answered any questions we had. Looking forward to our eye exam next year!
- May. 22, 2023
Dr. McCoy and his technicians are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I also love the wide se... lection of frames they offer. The office itself if very comfortable and visually appealing. (no pun intended).
- Feb. 24, 2023
Lovely experience. The staff and doctor were very kind and knowledgeable, and I didn't feel pressure... d into buying more than I needed.
- Jan. 19, 2023
Excellent, caring service and a good value. Will continue to go here for all of our vision needs. ... Staff was especially attentive to special need requests.
- Jun. 26, 2022
I had a concern about my vision and it wasn't time for my annual check up The staff helped me get an... appointment right away. The ladies up front are friendly courteous, and helpful. The doctor did not make me feel rushed during the exam. He answered by questions and took time to ensure I thoroughly understood the next steps. The facilities are clean and orderly. Altogether, the staff made sure that my visit was a success.
- Jun. 18, 2022
The friendly professionalism by staff, the thorough comprehensive exam with a complete explanation. ... Very comfortable and trusted! Dr.McCoy is keeping care as Dr.K had it, trusted!
- May. 27, 2022
I have gone to this location for several years and am very pleased. The doctors have been excellent ... and everyone else that works there are very kind and helpful.
- May. 23, 2022
The doctors are honest and they won’t recommend a prescription unless it’s needed. I’m also t... hrilled with the optometrists. My daughter and I both had issues with our glasses.
- Mar. 11, 2022
Very accurate Rx for these old eye. Staff did not push an expensive frame and lens package. Received... glasses within one week. Will continue to get exam and glasses from Crown Optical which I just began using 2 years ago.
- Feb. 25, 2022
Awesome Staff, Very helpful and knowledable.
- Oct. 29, 2021
My Grandson and I both needed glasses, and he's a first time contact wearer. When my grandson was tr... ying to put his contacts in, he had a very hard time. The ladies at Crown Vision were so very patient with him, I think it took him somewhere around 3 hours the first time, and almost 2 hours the next morning. They never made us feel as if we were taking up to much of their time. They were so patient and friendly and tried so many different ways to help him. We had to meet them at Crown Vision on Midrivers mall drive the next morning for extra practice, because he still couldn't get them in. The ladies continued to be patient , helpful and encouraging , and showed him many different ways to try. After trying so many times, he was finally able to get them in. He almost gave up, but their assurance and encouragement made him keep trying. My Grandson is a Rugby player, so it is very important that he wears these during games. It's very hard to find this type of service, but these ladies are exceptional, and I recommend them and Crown Vision (Ofallon) for anyone needing extra attention. They were the definition of 5 Star.
- Sep. 03, 2021
Good Staff. Very efficent
- Jul. 07, 2021
I worked for the parent company of Crown Vision Centers, AEG, in their remote, outbound call group f... rom April until June. My job was to make appointments for others to various CVCs in the Saint Louis metro area. My wife and I were long overdue for our eye exam appointments, so I scheduled both of us before I recently changed jobs. I went to my appointment this past Saturday, and my wife also went recently to her appointment. I was thoroughly impressed with the friendliness, helpfulness and professionalism of everyone who I met that day: Riley, Hannah, and Dr. John! It was a great experience as a first-time customer, and I highly recommend the O'Fallon CVC!

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