Learning how to apply and remove custom contact lenses is an important step that ensures long term wearing success. We encourage you to share these videos below with your patients. The videos may be seen in its entirety or you may reference individual sections as needed in your patient compliance training efforts.
It is recommended that GP lenses soak in conditioning solution for a minimum of 4 hours before they are verified or handled in the office. This will allow the lens to hydrate completely and will prevent oils and debris from attaching to the surface during the verification process. It is also important to insure all office personnel handling contact lenses are avoiding lotions, soaps, and antibacterial sanitizers that contain moisturizers and emollients while in the office.
For successful long term contact lens wear, follow these important tips from the FDA. For additional information on contact lens solution care, visit FDA Guidance and view FDA contact lens safety video here.
Many patients can wear both types of contact lenses. Often patients, especially those with astigmatism and presbyopia, will find that the firmer GP lenses provide clearer, crisper vision than soft lenses. For patients with keratoconus GP lenses may be the only option for clear vision.
GP materials are a very healthy lens option since they provide excellent oxygen transmission and allow eyes to breathe. Also, because the lenses are firm they are easy to care for and last longer than soft lenses.
Adaptation to GP lenses is different for every patient and depends on eye sensitivity. Most patients who are new to contact lenses in general, or GP contact lenses more specifically, will be aware of their contact lenses at first. But, that sensation will go away after a few days to few weeks and the contact lenses will be very comfortable.
Or Are GP lenses the same as hard lenses? No! GP lenses are not the same as the original “hard” lenses. In fact, GP contact lenses were introduced after soft lens technology. First launched in 1979, new generations of GP materials continue to be developed. Additionally, laboratories such as Art Optical use state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to improve vision and comfort with their GP lens designs.
Yes! There are many GP bifocal and multifocal lens options that meet the needs of most patients. With a contact lens evaluation it can be determined if the patient is a good candidate. GP bifocal and multifocal lenses will meet most visual needs, however, for some tasks it may be necessary to partner contact lenses with eyeglasses.
Getting used to bifocal contact lenses is like getting used to bifocal or progressive spectacle lenses. If the patient is wearing contact lenses for the first time, they will be aware of the lenses for a few days, but that will go away.
There are highly oxygen permeable lens materials that can be slept in if prescribed for this purpose by the contact lens professional. Before sleeping in any lenses patients must first be evaluated for overall eye health and tear composition to determine if they are a suitable candidate.
Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K, corneal reshaping, vision shaping treatment or CRT, is a non-surgical way to eliminate or reduce the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day. Specially designed contact lenses are worn overnight to gently reshape the surface of the eye while the patient sleeps. In the morning after the lenses are removed clear vision generally lasts during all waking hours, thus eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day.
As long as the recommended wearing and caring schedules are followed, orthokeratology is as safe as wearing any contact lens approved for sleeping.
Orthokeratology lenses are easy to get used to and since they are worn overnight while the patient is sleeping there is very little sensation.
No! GP lenses are susceptible to being washed out with water. Also, since water isn’t sterile there is an increased risk for eye infections.