Lens care & handling

  • Scleral lenses should be cleaned, moistened and stored in a suitable rigid gas-permeable lens solution system. If there are protein or mucus deposits present on the surface of the lens, more intensive cleaners may be necessary.
  • For insertion into the eye, the lens should be filled with an unpreserved saline solution. For patients who are prone to getting air bubbles behind the lens, a more viscous unpreserved artificial tear solution may be used.
  • Hands should always be washed thoroughly with soap before handling scleral lenses.
  • Appropriate care of the lens and its storage case is critical in avoiding eye infections.
  • When inserting, removing or cleaning the lens, work over a soft, clean towel. Dropping the lens onto a hard surface may cause it to break.