Scleral contact lenses refer to large, gas-permeable lenses that lie on the sclera or the white outer layer of the eye. They offer a simple and effective way to treat a number of cornea conditions, allowing for clearer and healthier vision. But to get the most of these advanced lenses, and ensure your safety and comfort, you’ll need to follow the necessary guidelines.
1. Rinse and fill them properly. After removing your lenses, make sure to rub them for 2 to 20 seconds to remove surface debris and microorganisms. Then, rinse them thoroughly with the solution for up to 10 seconds. Use only preservative-free filling solution for your lenses – avoid using regular eye drops because they have a toxic effect on both the eyes and lenses.
2. Remove your lenses at the right time of day. When exactly should you remove your scleral lenses? The ideal time to do so is one hour before you go to sleep. But if your lenses fog up throughout the day, and you feel like you should remove them, then do so. This fogging is usually caused by poor alignment of the lenses with the eyes. If you feel any pain or discomfort when wearing your scleral lenses, visit your optometrist promptly for a comprehensive eye exam.
3. Observe good hygiene when applying your lenses. Before inserting the lenses into your eyes, wash and dry your hands thoroughly. It’s generally a better idea to keep your fingernails short so you don’t catch your eye with them. Always work over a clean, flat surface when applying your lenses: this prevents damage to the lenses should they fall out of your eyes. Keep your lens case clean and dry, and make sure to never insert your scleral contacts while inside a bathroom.
4. Keep your aftercare appointments. This allows your optometrist to inspect your lenses and ensure they’re not causing any damage to your eyes.
As with prescriptive eyeglasses, scleral contact lenses require proper care and maintenance for safe and comfortable usage. To determine if this is the right option for you, consult Guilford Eye Center for a thorough exam. We proudly serve Greensboro, NC, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (336) 387-6777, or fill out this contact form to schedule your appointment.