9 Ways To Care for Your Scleral Lenses
Caring for scleral lenses is a critical aspect of maintaining good eye health and ensuring the longevity of these specialized contact lenses. Scleral lenses are designed to cover a larger surface area of the eye, including the cornea, and they provide a stable and clear vision for people with various eye conditions. However, proper care of scleral lenses is essential to prevent eye infections, remove debris and deposits, prolong lens life, maintain lens fit, ensure optimal oxygen flow to the cornea, and prevent eye irritation. In this context, a regular cleaning and disinfection routine is necessary to keep scleral lenses comfortable, effective, and safe for use.
9 Key Steps To Take When Caring for Your Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses are contact lenses that cover a larger portion of the eye’s surface, including the white part (sclera) and the cornea. Caring for your scleral lenses is important to ensure their longevity and to prevent eye infections or other eye-related problems. Here is a long and detailed list of how to care for your scleral lenses:
- Wash Your Hands: Before handling your scleral lenses, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Rinse your hands thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Dry your hands with a clean, lint-free towel.
- Rinse Your Lenses: Before inserting or removing your scleral lenses, rinse them with saline solution or multipurpose solution. Rinsing your lenses helps remove any debris, dirt, or oil from the surface of the lens.
- Fill the Lens Case: Fill the lens case with fresh, sterile peroxide solution or multipurpose solution. Place your scleral lenses in the lens case with the concave side facing upward (special case if using peroxide). Make sure the lenses are completely submerged in the solution.
- Soak the Lenses: Soak your scleral lenses in the solution for at least 4-6 hours (6 if peroxide). This step helps disinfect the lenses and remove any buildup of protein or other deposits.
- Rub the Lenses: After soaking the lenses, remove them from the lens case and rub them gently with your fingers. Rubbing helps remove any remaining debris, dirt, or protein deposits. Rinse the lenses with saline solution or multipurpose solution.
- Disinfect the Lens Case: Rinse the lens case with saline solution or multipurpose solution after every use. Allow the case to air dry with the caps off before storing it.
- Replace the Lens Case: Replace your lens case every month to reduce the risk of contamination.
- Use Only Recommended Solutions: Use only the recommended saline solution or multipurpose solution for your scleral lenses. Do not use tap water, distilled water, or homemade saline solution to clean or store your lenses.
- Avoid Wearing Lenses in Water: Avoid wearing your scleral lenses while swimming or showering. Water can introduce bacteria or other microorganisms that can cause infections.
What Conditions Can Scleral Lenses Help to Treat?
Scleral lenses are specialized contact lenses that can help to treat various eye conditions. These lenses are designed to cover a larger area of the eye, including the sclera (white part of the eye) and the cornea (clear front part of the eye), providing a more stable and comfortable fit compared to traditional contact lenses. Here are some of the eye conditions that scleral lenses can help to treat:
- Keratoconus: Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to thin and bulge into a cone-like shape, leading to distorted vision. Scleral lenses can help to correct this condition by providing a more regular and stable corneal surface for better vision.
- Corneal Irregularities: Corneal irregularities can result from various conditions such as corneal dystrophies, scarring, or trauma. Scleral lenses can help to provide a smooth and regular corneal surface for better vision.
- Dry Eye Syndrome: Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor-quality tears, leading to discomfort and vision problems. Scleral lenses can help to address this condition by creating a reservoir of tears between the lens and the ocular surface, providing better lubrication and comfort to the eyes.
- Post-Surgical Vision Correction: Scleral lenses can be used to correct vision after certain eye surgeries such as corneal transplants or LASIK procedures. They can help to protect the cornea during the healing process and provide better vision.
- High Prescriptions: Scleral lenses can also help people with high prescriptions who cannot be corrected with traditional contact lenses or glasses. Scleral lenses have a wide range of parameters and are more stable, allowing for clearer vision.
Scleral lenses can help to treat various eye conditions. If you have any of these conditions or are interested in scleral lenses, it’s important to consult an eye care professional who can help determine if these lenses are right for you. Get in touch with our experienced team today for more information about whether or not scleral lenses are right for you or how to care for them.