How do I store my lenses for more than a few days? This is a common question we hear, usually after a patient orders a pair of back-up lenses or if they are going on a long trip and will be leaving their specialty contact lenses at home.
Whatever the reason you need to store your lenses, the most important thing to know is that the long-term storage techniques will vary between the different types of lenses.
Here are all the ways to store the various types of contact lenses for more than a few days:
Soft and Custom Soft Contact Lenses: should be stored in liquid, either in the sealed packaging they came in, or in a solution like BioTrue Multipurpose Solution.
Hybrid Contact Lenses: Should be stored wet.
Prosthetic Lenses: Should be stored wet.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses: should be stored dry.
Scleral Lenses: should be stored dry.
For dry storage, simply clean the lenses and allow them to air dry before storing them without solution in their lens case. For wet storage, the best option is to keep your lenses in the sealed packaging they came in; most lenses will have an expiration date on the packaging. If you have been using the lenses and you want to store them long term, fill your lens case with a solution like BioTrue Multipurpose, put your lenses in, screw the caps on tight, and store in a cool, dark place. Set a calendar alert to check the lenses every few months to check the solution for evaporation; add more if needed.
Before wearing your lenses again:
Soft, Custom Soft, Hybrid, & Prosthetic Lenses: Take lenses out of the case, rub and rinse them with fresh solution, and soak them overnight in fresh multipurpose solution like BioTrue.
Rigid Gas Permeable & Scleral Lenses: Take lenses out of their case, fill the case with fresh solution (either Boston Simplus, Unique pH, or ClearCare), and let sit and clean overnight. Then remove in the morning and insert like normal.
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