Scleral Lens User Guide: Maintenance and Replacement
Scleral lens maintenance and replacement FAQ
- How long will my lenses last?
- How can I keep my lenses in top condition?
- How do I store my lenses when I am not wearing them?
- What if I lose or break a lens?
How long will my lenses last?
There is no universal answer to this question. There are many factors, including:
- Lens thickness: Most lenses are made of roughly the same material, but some are thicker than others.
- Eye disease: Some people’s eyes are hard on the lenses just by virtual of a disease state. The more disease, the faster the coating will wear off as well.
- Handling and care: A good cleaning regimen is paramount. If you are not cleaning your lenses properly, they may become ‘etched’ by chronic deposits and have to be replaced.
- HydraPeg: Some lenses have coatings or treatments that the manufacturer may, or may not, be willing or able to re-apply when it wears off. If that coating is importantto your lens performance, you may have to purchase more lenses to get it back.
How can I keep my lenses in top condition?
Follow your provider’s instructions to the letter, for best results.
Rub cleaning, not just disinfection: If you are putting your lenses to soak in disinfection solution overnight, but not doing a ‘rub cleaner’ step as well, consider using a rub cleaner and talk to your lens provider about which one. The best and most effective cleaners - such as Lobob ESC for daily use and Progent for weekly or occasional use - are not compatible with HydraPEG coating, so users may need to determine what is the most pressing need - the benefits of the coating or the benefits of a super-clean lens.
Be observant. If you seen white stuff on your lenses that won’t come off during cleaning, call your doctor’s office. Don’t wait till it’s unfixable.
Ask your provider if they can re-condition or re-coat your lenses.
How do I store my lenses when I am not wearing them?
How long are we talking about?
If you mean overnight storage, follow your standard disinfection protocol.
If you're talking about days, weeks or months, or you're not sure, that's when you follow longer-term storage protocols.
Are your lenses coated with Hydra-PEG?
Lenses coated with HydraPEG need to be stored wet per the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are not sure whether your lenses have this coating, or aren’t sure whether it’s still there or has worn off, check with your provider.
All other lenses: Store dry.
All other lenses should be cleaned, dried and stored dry in a standard screw-top contact lens case.
What if I lose or break a lens?
It happens. Freak accidents happen. Lenses go down drains or go flying during removal and can’t be recovered.
Talk to your provider and insurer before this happens so that you don’t get caught off guard. Find out what the cost of a replacement lens is, and under what circumstances insurance will cover some or all of it.
FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THIS GUIDE IS COMPRISED OF PEER-TO-PEER SUGGESTIONS, NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. CONSULT YOUR EYE DOCTOR WITH ALL YOUR EYE CARE AND LENS QUESTIONS.