Scleral Lens User Guide: Overview

Overview   Prep & Setup   Rinsing & Filling    Application    Wearing   Removal   Cleaning & Disinfection   Maintaining & Replacing   Troubleshooting   Travel

Introduction

Scleral lenses are unlike any other contact lenses! They function more like a prosthetic device. That means they have very exciting potential for treating all kinds of corneal diseases, vision problems and even pain. But it also means that there are a host of seemingly minor details, many poorly understood, many specific to individual users' needs, that can play a surprisingly large role in your daily success and comfort in scleral lenses.

This guide was born out of the knowledge that for new users, it is hard to even start asking questions when you don't know what you don't know. We offer this guide as a peer-to-peer resource, a framework to help you:

  • understand what kinds of things are involved in scleral lens care
  • learn what questions to ask your doctor
  • identify and troubleshoot problems that may arise

This is a living, growing handbook, modified constantly as products in the market change, standards of care evolve, and our conversations on our Facebook group continue. We value input and feedback from doctors and patients alike!

Topics covered in the guide

What your doctor should provide

Your scleral lens provider should supply you with the following. If they haven't, please ask them to. Adapting to scleral lenses is quite a challenging process for many new users. There are far too many details to remember from verbal instructions, even when repeated.

It's important that you have detailed written instructions from your doctor that you can refer back to whenever needed.

1. Instructions for:

  • Storage
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Insertion (application)
  • Removal

2. Specific product recommendations for:

  • Preservative-free salines (or other solutions) for lens filling
  • Cleaning solution for rub cleaning
  • Cleaning solution for overnight disinfection
  • Application and removal devices
  • Drops that are okay to use on top of the lenses

3. Advice for the following:

  • How long can you, or should you, wear your lenses each day?
  • What should you do if you have unusual difficulty with lens application or removal?
  • Under what circumstances should you stop wearing your lenses?
  • Under what circumstances should you see the doctor before your next scheduled follow-up?

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

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.