The consultants at Visionary Optics are experts in their field and always ready to help eye care practitioners and patients find the perfect fit for scleral lenses. Every month, we will feature a different Visionary Optics consultant and the valuable work they are doing.
Visionary Optics consultant Megan Schwarzinger loves making a difference in peoples’ lives with the lenses she designs. Megan has worked as an ophthalmic technician and assistant for years in both general and specialty clinic environments. She became a certified ophthalmic assistant and certified ophthalmic scribe in 2017 and joined Visionary Optics as a specialty lens consultant in 2019.
“I love working with Megan! She has been a great support for me during my residency and now that I’m out practicing my own, I still continue to consult with her. Megan is always quick to respond with lens orders and helpful in troubleshooting fits. She is great to work with and I know I can count on her as she is always just a phone call or email away!”
Dr. Stephanie Tran, Coastal Vision Medical Group, Long Beach, CA
Q&A with Consultant Megan Schwarzinger
What is the best part of your job as a Consultant at Visionary Optics?
Being part of a team that changes lives daily. I especially love when a doctor tells me that a patient who is brand new to scleral lenses liked the diagnostic lens so much, they asked if they could take it home. I hear that all the time, and it is one of my favorite things. I also really like collaborating with other consultants and doctors and establishing professional relationships with the doctors, and then using the sMap3D to design lenses based off data.
Is there a recent scleral lens fit success story that stands out to you that you can share?
I have two success stories that stand out:
- One doctor told me about an 80-year-old patient who was suffering from dry eye. She had done countless treatments that did not work and had been miserable for years with her eyes. And after only one week of wearing scleral lenses, she’s feeling a lot better and she was able to stop using eye drops for the first time in years.
- Another patient was 14 years old and had a corneal scarring from trauma. The patient had 20/400 vision and having trouble in school because of it when they first came into the office. After a successful lens fit, the patient is at 20/40 vision, which is a huge improvement.
Do you have any advice to doctors on how to make scleral lens fitting as successful as possible for the patients?
I would say the number one thing is staying informed on new designs and techniques, because technology is always changing. There’s always new data, new studies, even new terminology, so staying up to date is really helpful. As a scleral lens partner, the Visionary Optics team strives to keep our doctors as up-to-date as possible. When doing remakes, sending pictures and detailed documentation to the consultant is also important. And for doctors who are treating patients managing dry eye or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), keeping that at bay will improve outcomes.
What Doctors Have to Say About Megan:
Dr. Renee Hanson
Swagel Wootton Eye Institute
Megan is my personal consultant at Visionary Optics. Since day one, she has been so amazing. She is personable and friendly and extremely easy to work with. She always responds so quickly whenever I email her. What I like best about Megan is she shares my passion for fitting these lenses, and is truly so happy when we achieve a good fit. She loves hearing my patients’ success stories. I’m so fortunate to have Megan as a part of my specialty contact lens team. Thanks, Megan!
Dr. Cynthia Zwolensky
The customer service provided by Visionary Optics has far surpassed that of any other scleral lens company that I have worked with over the years. I have had the pleasure of working alongside Megan on countless scleral lens fittings and refits. I am contacting her on a daily basis with questions and concerns, and she always helps to provide insight and answers. She is an exceptional consultant with a vast amount of scleral lens knowledge, and is one of the many reasons that our office has made Visionary Optics our main scleral lens supplier through the years. I could never say enough about Megan and Visionary Optics! I highly recommend their products and expertise.
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