Scleral lenses are ideal for patients with corneal irregularities, dry eyes, and hard-to-fit eyes. Their uniquely large circumference offers the best in visual comfort and clarity. But wearing and caring for your scleral lenses can take some getting used to.
Below are our top 5 tips for anyone who wears scleral lenses. If you have questions about scleral lenses or any other optometric matter, Revision Optix in Simpsonville is here for you.
Keeping your scleral lenses hygienic and free of buildup is key in ensuring the clearest possible vision. When you remove them from your eyes, rub them for several seconds with lens cleaner to remove surface debris and bacteria. Then, rinse them on both sides with saline solution before storing them.
Another hygiene tip: Before handling your lenses, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water, and rinse and dry them with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Good hygiene will significantly minimize possible complications and keep your eyes feeling fresh.
Many patients with dry eye syndrome (DES) choose to wear scleral lenses for their hydrating and soothing properties. While scleral can offer substantial relief from their dry eye symptoms, patients shouldn’t forget to seek treatment for their DES.
That’s because scleral lenses help manage dry eye, but don’t actually treat it. So, it’s best to follow up with your eye doctor about any eye drops, medications, or at-home remedies to support healthy tears.
Patients with long fingernails can find it challenging to thoroughly clean their scleral lenses. Rubbing the inside bowl of the lens with a cotton swab and cleaning solution can effectively remove the buildup from the lens. Then, rinse off the cleaning solution with saline to remove the cleaning solution and any lint from the cotton swab.
Is your current insertion method not working as smoothly as you’d like? No worries! Ask your eye doctor about different tools you can use, such as the O-ring or applicator ring.
But please only insert your lens with tools that your eye doctor recommends!
Because scleral lenses are customized, they often require a few visits with your optometrist to optimize their fit. Even after the fitting process is complete, follow-ups will help ensure that your lenses are still in good condition.
If your scleral lenses are giving you any trouble at all, we can help. To schedule your scleral lens consultation, call us today!
Revision Optix serves patients in Simpsonville, Greenville, Mauldin, Taylors, and throughout Simpsonville.