Clean ortho-k lenses with hydrogen peroxide for effective cleaning and reducing the risk of eye infection. Remember to neutralize correctly.
So, your child has recently started or is about to start wearing orthokeratology (Ortho-k) lenses for myopia control. While you're excited about the effectiveness of ortho-k in controlling myopia, you may also be concerned about the potential increased risk of eye infection.
If you've been researching how to clean Ortho-k lenses, you've likely come across the option of using a hydrogen peroxide solution. However, you may still have some lingering questions about how it operates, how it differs from multipurpose solutions, and what you should be aware of when using it for your child.
Rest assured, you've come to the right place! In this article, we will delve into the proper way to clean ortho-k lenses with hydrogen peroxide. We'll provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision and gain a better understanding of how it differs from the multipurpose solution option.
How does hydrogen peroxide solution work?
Now, let's take a closer look. There are two primary methods of using hydrogen peroxide solution: the one-step process and the two-step process, both suitable for Ortho-K contact lenses or soft contact lenses.
In the one-step process, the hydrogen peroxide solution undergoes neutralization during the disinfecting stage. Some storage cases are designed with a built-in neutralizer, simplifying the process. On the other hand, the two-step process neutralizes the solution after disinfection using a neutralizing tablet.
Regardless of which method you choose, it's crucial to rinse the lenses with saline before putting them in your child's eyes, ensuring that any residual hydrogen peroxide is removed.
The difference between cleaning Ortho-K lenses with hydrogen peroxide vs multipurpose solutions
Now, let's explore the key differences between hydrogen peroxide and multipurpose solutions. Both serve to remove debris and build-up on contact lenses.
A standout feature of hydrogen peroxide solutions is their unique ability to penetrate microbial biofilms, which most multipurpose solutions can’t. This makes them highly effective at maintaining lens cleanliness and may reduce the risk of eye infection. Furthermore, for individuals with allergies or sensitivity to the preservatives commonly found in multipurpose solutions, hydrogen peroxide solution could be a fitting alternative.
However, it's essential to be aware that hydrogen peroxide has the potential to cause discomfort, such as burning or stinging in the eyes. This is why the neutralization step is vital – it transforms the peroxide into harmless oxygen and saline, ensuring it's safe for reinsertion. So, while hydrogen peroxide is an excellent choice for reducing the risk of eye infections, it does require careful handling to ensure your child's comfort and safety.
Steps to clean Ortho-K lenses with hydrogen peroxide solution
Now, let's explore the step-by-step process of using hydrogen peroxide contact lens solution for your child's ortho-k lenses. We'll focus on the more commonly used one-step cleaning method. The hydrogen peroxide solution typically comes with a special lens case, which comprises four main components: a container for the solution, a sealing lid, lens holders (baskets) for the contact lenses, and a neutralizing disc that transforms the hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. Here's a detailed guide to assist you:
- Begin by thoroughly washing your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Then dry off your hands (Also make sure your child’s face is clean).
- Gently remove the contact lenses from your child's eyes (you may want to use a rubber plunger) and gently rub and clean them thoroughly in your palm with hydrogen peroxide solution for 15 seconds; research indicated this helps remove stubborn deposits more effectively even though the step 4 below is more commonly recommended.
- Place the right eye's lens in the basket labeled "R" and the left eye's lens in the basket labeled "L." Ensure the baskets are securely closed.
- Hold the baskets over the sink and rinse the lenses with hydrogen peroxide solution for 5 seconds (you can skip this if the lenses were previously rubbed and cleaned).
- Fill the container up to the designated line with fresh hydrogen peroxide solution, then place the baskets inside and seal the lid. Do not shake the container or open the container during the neutralization process.
- Allow the contact lenses to soak in the solution for at least 6 hours before reinserting them into your child's eyes. Placing them in sooner may result in stinging or burning due to residual hydrogen peroxide.
In case hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with the eye, immediately flush it with a generous amount of saline solution. If the pain persists, seek medical attention promptly.
Hydrogen peroxide solution safety tips
- Consult with your eye care professional to determine the best cleaning and disinfecting method for your child's ortho-k lenses.
- Always follow the cleaning instructions and accessories replacement schedule provided by your eye care professional and the hydrogen peroxide solution manufacturer.
- Never put hydrogen peroxide solution directly into your child's eyes, and always make sure to rinse the contacts with saline solution before reinserting them.
- Do not rub too hard or use nails to clean the Ortho-K lens. It may scratch the lenses.
- Use the specific contact lens case that comes with each new bottle of solution and avoid reusing an old case.
- Recognize the red tip and cap on most bottles of hydrogen peroxide solution, as it signifies its contents and the need for special care.
- If you suspect any adverse reactions from using hydrogen peroxide solution, contact your child's eye care provider promptly.
Clean ortho-k lenses with hydrogen peroxide solution can be a safe and effective method if you follow the right steps and safety precautions.
It's worth noting that hydrogen peroxide accidents can be painful and may even lead to a fear of wearing contact lenses for children. As someone who experienced a couple of these incidents, I can still vividly remember incidents even after decades; I eventually switched to multipurpose solutions altogether to avoid it happening again.
So, while hydrogen peroxide is a fantastic option, it's crucial to be extra cautious and adhere to the instructions provided by your eye care professional and the manufacturer. With the right care, you can help your child enjoy clear vision and avoid the painful mishaps I encountered, ensuring their journey with Ortho-K lenses remains comfortable.
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