Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is a non-surgical way to improve your vision by using specially shaped contact lenses to reshape the cornea. You wear these lenses overnight so you can go through the next day without need for glasses or contacts.
To maximize the benefits of this treatment and to avoid complications like eye discomfort or infections, you need to know how to care for these lenses properly. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, the top provider of prescription contact lenses in Washington, DC, shares these handy tips:
Be sure to clean your lenses after wear. Your cleaning kit should contain:
- A cleaning solution (Clear Care/Hydrogen Peroxide Solutions)
- A soaking/rinsing solution
- A clean storage case and possibly
- Eye drops to rewet the devices while in the eye
Wash, rinse, and dry your hands thoroughly before handling the lenses. Gently massage 2-3 drops of the cleaning solution across both surfaces of the lens for at least one minute. Spend extra time rubbing the circular “edge” of each lens, as they are often the hardest areas to clean.
Your trusted eye doctor in Arlington, VA, also recommends a strength polish (PROGENT cleaner); clean bi-annually for best comfort and clarity. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care offers the procedure free of charge to all existing Ortho-k patients.
Be sure to rinse off the cleaning solution from the device before wearing them or putting them back in the case. You can get some sterile saline from a nearby drugstore, which you will use to rinse each side of the lens.
Fill up a clean screw-down plastic storage case with the soaking solution and place in the newly cleaned lenses.
4. Insertion and Removal
it is always best to wear the lenses right before you go to bed. Wearing them even for a few minutes while awake can cause discomfort and possible eye abrasions. When you wake up, wash and dry your hands thoroughly before removing the lenses. Keep in mind that each eye may have a different prescription — be careful not to mix up the lenses for each eye. If you do, you might need a new set of lenses or even another eye exam in Washington, DC.
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