Scleral Lens User Guide: Preparation and Setup
- Prepare a workspace that is safe for your lenses and comfortable and convenient for you.
- Wash your hands with non-moisturizing hand soap, and dry them thoroughly.
- Make sure everything you are using is clean.
Items you may need
- Non moisturizing hand soap
- Lint-free towel
- Rubber sink strainer
- 3x magnification mirror
- Alcohol wipes for anything you need to clean
- Nail trimmers
Yes, it's worth the effort: Scleral lenses are expensive to replace! Protect your investment with careful handling.
Hand washing... and drying: Always wash your hands with non moisturizing soap before handling them. Moisturizing soaps contains oils that will get on your lenses and may affect your vision and comfort. But drying your hands is also important. Due to acanthamoeba risk, you don't want tap water getting on your lenses. Hand soaps for contact lens users, such as OcuSoft, are great, and there are many other options, such as Neutrogena, or Dial bar soap.
Workspace: You must have a safe surface both during insertion and removal. Lenses bounce, drop, roll, and get scratched or even cracked; and at the risk of stating the obvious, you’re going to have a hard time finding a small, transparent object when you can’t see without it. There is nothing quite like the sensation when you drop a lens worth, perhaps, several thousand dollars and have no idea where it ended up.
Standing or sitting: Follow the training given you at the doctor's office. If something is not working for you, it's worth experimenting. Some people find it works best for them if they are seated at a table with a towel and a mirror laid flat on the table. Others do all their lens care at the bathroom counter. Keep in mind that bathrooms are not the cleanest places....
About those nails: You'll need to keep one fingernail short enough to be able to use a rub cleaning on your lenses.
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.