With proper use, your child shouldn’t experience issues using ortho k lenses. However, improper handling of these special lenses, such as failure to clean and disinfect, poor hygiene, and smoking can increase the likelihood of infection. Always follow your eye doctor’s instructions when it comes to wearing and caring for ortho-k lenses.
Here are basic care tips for ortho-k lenses.
Cleaning and Rinsing
Ortho-k contact lenses usually come with a cleaning kit that includes a specialized cleaning solution, soaking solution, storage case and eye drops to lubricate the lenses while in the eyes.
Before touching your contacts, make sure to wash and dry your hands. As much as possible, don’t use oil-based soaps since they can leave residue on the lenses. Gently rub 2-3 drops of the cleaning solution on the surfaces of the lens for at least one minute. Focus more on the circular edge of the lens because they are more difficult to clean.
After cleaning and sterilizing the lenses, rinse them thoroughly with the rinsing solution. Make sure to completely rinse off all the cleaning solution as it can irritate the eyes. If this accidentally happens, flush out the eyes with warm water or use an eyewash. Wait until the discomfort is gone before wearing the lenses
Fill the case with the soaking solution and gently place the clean lenses inside. Your child’s storing case should be kept clean at all times. Air-dry the case every time it’s used and prevent exposure to perfumes, cleaning products and other irritants.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t rinse the case with tap water if it gets dirty. Only use a saline solution for cleaning the case and air dry. Replace your child’s case every two to three months. Properly handled and maintained ortho-k lenses can last for up to two years. Follow-up visits to your eye doctor may be required to track the treatment’s progress.