Care of Scleral Diagnostic Lenses

Instructions for Scleral Diagnostic Lenses for Multi-patient Use

Each scleral diagnostic contact lens is delivered dry to the practice in a lens case. It is the responsibility of the Eye Care Practitioners to ensure diagnostic lenses are properly rinsed, inspected, disinfected, neutralized, labeled, and stored between uses.* All lenses stored in a dry condition shall be discarded after 7 years from first use, or if there is damage to the lens, or when the lens is used on a patient with an eye infection.

1. Prepare for Use

  • Ensure the work surface is cleaned and disinfected.
  • With clean and dry hands, select the appropriate disinfected diagnostic lens.
  • Rub and rinse the lens with a multi-purpose solution (MPS) approved for rigid lenses.
  • Visually inspect the lens for damage and changes to physical appearance; discard if issues are identified.

2. Use the Lens

  • Identify if an eye infection is present.
  • Perform optical assessment of the lens on the eye.
    • If infection is present: wear gloves to remove and discard the lens as biohazardous waste.
    • If infection is not present: remove the lens, rub and rinse with an approved disinfection solution.
  • Document the use of the trial lens on a multi-patient diagnostic lens management log.

3. Rinse and Inspect Lens

  • Visually inspect the lens for damage and changes in physical appearance.
  • Wash and dry hands after contact with patient and used lens. Now you’re ready to disinfect, neutralize and store.

4. Disinfect the Lens and Scleral Lens Case

Disinfect the lens in a contact lens case and disinfect the scleral lens case using 3% Ophthalmic Hydrogen Peroxide for a three (3) hour soak time.
Rinse the lens with fresh MPS. Rinse and fill the scleral lens case with MPS, shake for 25-30 seconds, pour out the solution, and repeat 2 more times to ensure all 3% Ophthalmic Hydrogen Peroxide has been removed.

5. Store the Lens

Ensure that the lens and lens case are completely dry before storage using a clean, lint-free paper tissue.
Place disinfected lens in the disinfected case. Label the sealed lens case with the disinfection date, return to trial lens set. Record disinfection on a multi-patient diagnostic lens management log. Store until next use.
*SynergEyes provides these instructions as a guide, only for solutions that are compatible with SynergEyes Scleral Contact Lenses. These instruction are not applicable to prescription patient lenses.
Download the printable version of these instructions HERE.
To view instructions for the care of Hybrid Diagnostic Fit Sets, click HERE.