How to Properly Care for Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses are a type of contact lens that are larger in diameter and rest on the sclera, the white part of the eye. These lenses are specifically designed to improve vision for individuals with corneal irregularities or certain eye conditions.


Properly caring for your scleral lenses is crucial to maintain their effectiveness and ensure the health of your eyes. By following the correct care routine, you can prevent discomfort, infections, and complications associated with prolonged lens wear.


Why Proper Care of Scleral Lenses is Important


Proper care of scleral lenses is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it helps maintain the clarity of the lenses, allowing for optimal vision correction. Over time, debris, proteins, and lipids can accumulate on the lens surface, leading to decreased visual acuity. Regular cleaning and disinfection remove these deposits, ensuring clear and crisp vision.


Secondly, maintaining proper hygiene when handling scleral lenses reduces the risk of eye infections. Bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms can proliferate on the lens surface if not properly cleaned and disinfected. These pathogens can cause serious infections, such as microbial keratitis, which can result in vision loss if left untreated.


Lastly, proper care extends the lifespan of your scleral lenses. With regular cleaning, disinfection, and careful handling, you can maximize the longevity of your lenses. This not only saves you money in the long run but also ensures that your lenses continue to provide optimal vision correction.


Steps for Proper Care of Scleral Lenses


Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Scleral Lenses


Cleaning and disinfecting your scleral lenses is a crucial step in maintaining their hygiene and clarity. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with mild, fragrance-free soap and water before handling your lenses. Dry them with a lint-free towel.

2. Place one lens on your palm and apply a few drops of recommended multipurpose solution or hydrogen peroxide-based lens cleaner.

3. Gently rub the lens using your fingertip in a circular motion for about 20 seconds. This helps remove debris and deposits.

4. Rinse the lens with the recommended solution to remove any loosened debris.

5. Fill your lens case with fresh solution and place the lens inside. Make sure the lens is fully submerged. Close the case tightly and leave the lens to soak for the recommended time.

6. Repeat the process for the other lens.

7. After the recommended soaking time, remove the lenses from the case and rinse them thoroughly with the solution before insertion.

Always follow the instructions provided by your eye doctor and use solutions specifically recommended for scleral lenses.


Storing and Handling Your Scleral Lenses


Proper storage and handling of your scleral lenses are essential to prevent damage and maintain their hygiene. Follow these guidelines:

1. Use a clean, dry, and dedicated lens case for storing your scleral lenses. Avoid using tap water, saliva, or homemade solutions, as they can introduce harmful microorganisms.

2. Fill the lens case with fresh disinfecting solution before placing the lenses inside. Ensure the case is clean and free from any debris.

3. When removing the lenses from the case, use clean fingers or a lens removal tool recommended by your eye care professional. 

4. Check the lenses for any visible debris or damage before insertion. If you notice any abnormalities, consult your eye care professional before wearing the lenses.

5. After removing the lenses from your eyes, clean them as mentioned earlier and store them in the case with fresh solution. Replace the solution in the case daily to prevent microbial growth.

By following these storage and handling practices, you can prolong the lifespan of your scleral lenses and reduce the risk of infections.


Ensure Clear Vision and Healthy Eyes with Proper Scleral Lens Care Today


By following these steps, including cleaning and disinfecting your lenses, storing and handling them correctly, you can enjoy the benefits of scleral lenses while keeping your eyes healthy. Always consult your eye doctor for personalized recommendations and regular check-ups to ensure the best possible care for your scleral lenses.


Schedule an appointment with our optometrist at Ocean Park Optometry in our Santa Monica, California office to discuss scleral lenses and receive personalized guidance for proper care. Call or text (310) 452-1039 to book your appointment today.

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