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The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Scleral Lenses

Have you ever been informed that contact lenses aren’t suitable for you? You should seek a second opinion and inquire about scleral lenses if this is the case. They are bigger in diameter than regular GP (gas permeable) lenses, providing wearers with clearer vision and a lesser risk of problems. These lenses are also easy to maintain and last longer.

Below are some common do’s and don’ts when using scleral lenses.

The Do’s

DO #1: Practice Good Hygiene.

Before touching your contact lenses, always wash and thoroughly dry your hands. Preventing eye infections and other consequences requires good cleanliness. You should clean and maintain your scleral lenses regularly. Keep in mind that buildups might impair contact clarity. After removing your contacts, gently wipe them with the appropriate lens cleaning for a few seconds to remove bacteria and dirt. Before storing the lenses, rinse both sides with saline solution.

DO #2: Cleaning using Cotton Swabs.

If you have long fingernails, cleaning scleral lenses may be more challenging. Instead of your fingertips, you can use a cotton swab. To remove any buildup, use a cotton swab to massage the inner bowl of the lens with a cleaning solution. After cleaning the lenses, rinse them with saline to eliminate any leftover cleaning solution and cotton swab lint.

DO #3: Treat Dry Eyes.

Although scleral contact lenses can help improve dry eye symptoms, you should still treat the underlying eye problem. Scleral lenses do not treat the issue at hand. Consult your eye specialist to establish the best course of therapy for you. They may prescribe drugs or eye drops to help lubricate your eyes.

DO #4: Make Use of Insertion Tools.

Try something different if you’re experiencing difficulties with your current insertion technique or tool. Your eye doctor can prescribe scleral lens tools for you to utilise. Remember to only use tools that your eye doctor has recommended.

DO #5: Consult Your Eye Doctor on A Regular Basis.

Because scleral lenses are custom-made, you’ll need to visit your eye doctor frequently to ensure they fit correctly. Follow-up visits to your eye clinic might assist you in monitoring the condition of your lenses. You should also inform them if your contact lenses are giving you discomfort or issues.

The Don’ts

DONT #1: Using a Different Solution than Your Eye Doctor Recommends.

No matter what type of contact lenses you have, you should never use a solution that has not been approved by your eye doctor. In addition, running water, saliva, and other fluids should not be used to clean or store contacts. They contain bacteria that are potentially hazardous to your eyes.

Not cleaning your lenses with the appropriate solution might cause eye symptoms such as redness or the sense that something is in your eye. These symptoms are frequently persistent and will eventually lead to infection. 

DONT #2: Use Scleral Lenses for Too Long

Keratoconus patients frequently wear scleral lenses all day. To avoid overwear, lubricate your contacts correctly when using them for lengthy periods. Inflammation, discomfort, and infection can all be caused by inadequate lubrication. Don’t be afraid to ask your eye doctor for a recommendation for high-quality artificial tears. If you are out of town and need eye drops, search for brands that do not include preservatives.

DONT #3: Sleep With Your Scleral Lenses

According to specialists, sleeping with your contact lenses is not a smart idea. When you blink, tears are released from your eyes, which wash away dirt, dust, germs, proteins, allergies, and other debris. Because you are not blinking when sleeping, these dangerous compounds are more likely to build in your eyes if you sleep with your scleral lenses on. As a result, neglecting to remove your contacts before going to bed might cause eye irritation or infection.

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