Caring for your Ortho-K Lenses
Steps for Cleaning
Your cleaning kit should contain (1) a cleaning solution (2) a soaking/rinsing solution (3) a clean storage case and possibly (4) eye drops for rewetting the devices while in the eye (Natural Ophthalmics Ortho-k Thick drops).
STEP 1 – CLEANING WITH CLEANING SOLUTION
This solution is a very mild abrasive and is used in conjunction with finger-rubbing to dislodge and remove debris from the lens surface. The cleaner is in suspension, so shaking it is necessary before use. Dispense 2-3 drops of cleaning solution into the palm of the hand and place the Orthokeratology device in the palm. Without too much pressure, gently massage the cleaning solution across both surfaces of the lens for approximately 1 minute. Most solutions start out clear and foam up as you clean. To ensure you have cleaned long enough, the foam should be milky white and thick when finished.
The concave side of Orthokeratology lenses has a circular “edge” which can be challenging to clean. The front side is spherical and smooth and easily cleaned, but rubbing with finger tip pads isn’t always sufficient to dislodge and remove debris from within this “edge”. Spending extra time rubbing with the cleaning solution on the concave side of the lens is recommended, or one may use a q-tip soaked cotton applicator to clean the concave side to ensure debris comes out of the “edge” of the lens.
We also suggest a professional strength polish (PROGENT cleaner) and clean bi-annually for best comfort and clarity. This procedure is offered free of charge to our existing Ortho-k patients! Although recently approved for at home use, the bleaching potential and risk is still too high for us at SGEVC to feel comfortable with anyone but your eyecare professionals to thoroughly clean them for you.
STEP 2 – RINSING CLEANING SOLUTION OFF THE DEVICE
Once the device has been cleaned manually with cleaning solution, it is important to remove the abrasive cleaner from the device before putting the device in an eye or back in it’s case. It is a good idea to wash the cleaning solution from the previous step off your palms before proceeding to rinse the cleaning solution off the device.
Obtain sterile saline from a pharmacy, drugstore or other retail store. Place the device in the palm of the hand and use a strong stream of saline by squeezing the bottle firmly to rinse each side of the device. Be sure to pull the stopper up in the sink or lay a paper towel over the drain so the device isn’t accidentally washed out of your palm and down the drain during the rinsing process.
STEP 3 – STORING THE DEVICE
Using a clean storage case, fill it with the soaking solution and place the newly cleaned lens in the case. The case MUST be a screw-down plastic case – the sample cases given in the doctors office that are press-down are only temporary cases and should not be used more than one day.
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