About Keratoconus > Caring for your Lenses
Always wash, rinse and dry your hands before handling your contact lenses. Hand creams (particularly the intensive creams) and make-up are the most common reasons for ROSE K lenses not wetting properly.
Always use fresh, unexpired lens care solutions.
Do not use saliva or anything other than the recommended solutions for lubricating or re-wetting lenses. Do not put the lenses in your mouth.
To Store your ROSE K Lenses:
Use the system of lens care recommended by your eye care practitioner and carefully follow the instructions on the solution labeling. Different solutions cannot always be used together, and not all solutions are safe for use with all lenses.
Do not alternate or mix lens care systems unless indicated on the solution labeling.
Always clean, rinse, disinfect and use enzyme cleaners according to the schedule prescribed by your eye care practitioner. The use of any cleaning solution is not a substitute for disinfection.
NOTE: Some solutions may have more than one function, which will be indicated on the label. Always read the label on the solution bottle and follow the instructions.
Lenses should be cleaned, rinsed and disinfected each time they are removed. Cleaning and rinsing are necessary to remove mucus and film from the lens surface. This should be done as soon as the lenses are removed from the eye, and before they are stored in the lens case. Disinfecting is necessary to destroy harmful germs.
Clean one lens first (always the same lens first to avoid mixing up the right and left lens), rinse the lens thoroughly with recommended saline or disinfecting solution to remove the cleaning solution, mucus and film from the lens surface. Follow the instructions provided on the cleaning solution labeling. Put that lens into the correct chamber of the lens storage case. Then repeat the procedure for the second lens.
After cleaning, disinfect lenses using the system recommended by your eye care practitioner. Follow the instructions provided on the disinfection solution labeling.
To store lenses, disinfect and leave them in the closed case until ready to wear.
To Wear your ROSE K Lenses:
After removing the lenses from the lens case, empty and rinse the lens storage case with the solution recommended by your eye care practitioner, then allow the lens case to air dry. When the case is used again, refill it with fresh storage solution. Replace the lens case at regular intervals as recommended by the case manufacturer or your eye care practitioner. Always use fresh storage solution. Never reuse the storage solution in the case from the previous storage.
Always keep your lenses completely immersed in a recommended disinfecting/conditioning solution when the lenses are not being worn. If you discontinue wearing your lenses, but plan to begin wearing them after a few weeks, ask your eye care practitioner for a recommendation on how to store your lenses and how to prepare them again before wearing.
When the case is used again, always fill it with fresh storage solution.
Eye care practitioners may recommend a lubricating/re-wetting solution which can be used directly on the eye, to wet (lubricate) the lenses while they are being worn and to make them more comfortable.
ROSE K lenses cannot be heat (thermally) disinfected.
Lens Deposits and the Use of Enzymatic Cleaning Procedure:
Keratoconus patients are particularly susceptible to protein buildup on the lens surface. ROSE K lenses should be cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner once a week. Your eye care practitioner will recommend the best enzymatic cleaner. Follow the instructions provided on the enzymatic cleaner labeling. Some conditioning (storage) solutions may automatically include an enzymatic cleaner.
Lens Case Cleaning and Maintenance:
Contact lens cases can be a source of bacteria growth. Lens cases should be emptied, cleaned and rinsed with solutions recommended by your eye care practitioner and allowed to air dry. Lens cases should be replaced at regular intervals as recommended by your eye care practitioner or at least every 6 months. Many manufacturers now include a new lens case with every new bottle of soaking/sterilizing solution.
Care for Lens Adherence:
On occasion, during the wear of gas permeable lenses, the lens may temporarily stick to the eye. If this occurs, with the lens on the eye, apply two to three drops of the recommended re-wetting or lubricating solution and gently rub the closed eyelid. Wait until the lens moves freely on the eye before removing it. Adherence/binding of the lens to the eye is not normal and if this occurs you should immediately consult with your eye care practitioner.
If your ROSE K lens ever becomes bound/stuck to the bottom of your lens case, do not attempt to remove it using force or you may break the lens. Simply, with the lid off the case, run the case under warm water making sure the sink drain is closed. Eventually the lens will release from the bottom of the case. Always re-sterilise your lens before re-insertion.
We recommend the MeniCare Plus and Progent solutions as being suitable for ROSE K lenses.