Scleral contact lenses are a type of contact lenses that rest on the sclera or the white outer layer of your eye. It is gas-permeable and it creates a saline-filled reservoir over your eye’s cornea. Scleral lenses can be used to treat various corneal conditions and they are among the safest and most effective forms of visual correction.
To help get satisfactory results and to ensure that your scleral lenses continue to be safe and reliable as you use them, scleral lenses and dry eye treatment expert Lumen Optometric shares some tips below.
Know When to Remove Your Lenses
Most scleral lens wearers can comfortably wear their lenses for 12 to 14 hours. However, experts recommend taking the lenses off one hour before you go to sleep. Moreover, if your lenses fog throughout the day and you feel like you need to remove them already, don’t hesitate to do so. Typically, fogging occurs as a result of poor alignment of the lens with the eye. In this kind of situation, the lens rocks and causes mucus to form. The mucus then becomes trapped in the saline layer of the lens, which causes the blurry vision. That said, it is important to get the best fit of scleral lenses for your eyes in order to minimize filming or fogging.
Rub Lenses After Removing
Make sure to rub your lenses after removing them so as to remove surface debris. You can ask your scleral optometrist to demonstrate the proper way of doing this so that you can avoid damaging the lenses. Generally, it is ideal to rub each lens for two to 20 seconds, depending on your care solution.
Use a Filling Solution With No Preservatives
A preservative-free filling solution is the best way to keep your eye’s health at an optimum level. Regular eye drops can cause damage to your eyes and your lenses because these often contain preservatives, so you should avoid using them at all times.
Lumen Optometric offers a range of eye care services. Our expertise includes neurolens treatment, scleral lenses, myopia management, and more. Call us at (626) 921-0199 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.