Survey: Scleral Lens Wear Time (12/2018)
Question #1: How many hours, on average, do you wear your scleral lenses each day?
Question #2: Which factors limit your lens wear time?
This scleral lens survey was conducted by:
December 12-18, 2018
Comments from participants
I'm very lucky, but have done my share of experimenting. Currently I have 18mm with hydrapeg and use purilens and celluvisc to fill. I can wear make up. I use restasis in the winter. My lens is over a cornea graft... I'm 20/25. I've worn everything and piggybacked in the past. This is the best for me.
Still in fitting stage
I can sometimes go past 16 hours, but try not to. If they feel dry I can usually get more wear time by refreshing the saline. If they get blurry I can do a cotton swab squeegee.
I'm just getting used to them. My wear time is still increasing. (I hope)
Wearing time is not a problem, I just have to clean every few hours.
I wear Blanchard Onefit. I believe a more custom fitting would increase my wear time ( 6 hours is my comfort zone now - but I wear 12+ hours). Finding a local provider has been impossible.
My fit is very comfortable but I go nuts with mucus buildup and fogging which happens frequently and quickly. If I blink too fast or sneeze , they instantly fog up. And it sometimes takes me cleaning and filling them up several times before they “ work” again. Any suggestions of how to avoid or lessen this happening is greatly appreciated!
I can only see for a few minutes per day if I do not wear my lens
they get heavy and sore.
My cornea transplant in the right eye of over forty years is failing. The longer I wear them it triggers red painful eyes. Take prednisone and cambigan drops to help decrease episodes. Often I don’t wear them at all.
Some days are better than others. For whatever reason, sometimes I just can't wear them because of eye irritation or I can't get them in before it's too late to get to work on time.
I have to use Q-top with cleaning solution to clean mucus off lenses about twice a day
Worn anytime my eyes are open.
Just curious if I got some sort of a Prose “world record” recently: I flew several flights to Kuala Lumpur - travel time about 30 hours - and kept the Proses in the whole way. It was definitely time to take ‘me out when I finally got there!
Need to instill glaucoma drops in morning and evening
vision appears blurry after wearing lenses for 8 hours
I wear them as long as I am awake eventhough they are often uncomfortable due to dryness or even painful due to neuropathic pain. This is preferable to constant tearing due to dryness.
I can only wear them for a short period of time (30 min to a couple of hours) before I have to clean them due to mucus build up. Frustrating.
The most uncomfortable lenses ever!
Unlike traditional contact lenses, which I could never wear for extended periods of time (for various reasons), the PROSE devices are so amazing! So comfortable from the moment I put them in until i need to take them out to go to sleep. I even forget I have them in. But my vision is so good, I KNOW they are in. (My doctor had said they would be like wearing a pair of shoes, no pain, but you knew they were in. I never had that...They were comfortable from day one.)
I usually wear them from the time I get up until right before I go to sleep. Most days I do need to take them out, clean, refill and reinsert once a day, as my vision can get somewhat cloudy as the day wears on. I can't function normally without them so even cloudy vision is better than really awful vision!
My eyes feel better with lenses in than not. I’ve been lucky so far, as comfort, mucus, fogging and the like have not been issues for me.
I wear the left lens 7-10 hours without ever noticing I have it in. The right one I can comfortably wear about 3 hours before I have to take it out. Sometimes cleaning and re-inserting will give me another 3 hours; some days only 1 or 2 hours. The doctor at Boston Sight said the right lens had a good fit, but the right eye was much drier than the left and that was the reason for the difference in wearing time.
Usually I can wear then as long as I want. Not often there is some discomfort after a few hours and I will remove them.
My prose lens is my best friend. I've been wearing if for 5 years and could not live without it!
Air quality. Have experienced irritation and fogging in large stores. Have to leave immediately. Can be painful. Have to remove and rest eyes.
I usually remove them once a day to refresh them, and always after showeringZ and blow-drying my hair.
I sometimes wear them up to 18 hours but most days, 16 is the limit. I often remove and rinse with sterile saline and reinsert in the early evening for greater comfort and visual acuity.
Mostly I remove them when I get sick of cleaning them, which I have to do at least once halfway through the day. in the evening I sometimes just give up and take them out. however my eyes are much more irritated without them.
Some days, my eyes are downright sore from wearing them all day... but I have severe dry eye (no tears at all) due to a bone marrow transplant... and have to wear them while awake.
I take them our after about 10 hours to use my glaucoma drops and then put them in 4 0r 5 hours till bedtime. No fogging or comfort issues.
Remove so can be cleaned for next day. 1 in 4 days are dirty so need removal
The weather makes a big difference and what I am doing thru the day outside
If I have a cold or stuffy head it affects how long I can wear them
Longer wear time and they get uncomfortable and seem to “stick” to my eye and are harder to pluck out
I can usually comfortably wear my lenses as long as I want. My doctor said that I can wear them for up to 16 hours a day so I try to keep wear time to between 14-16 hours a day.
Love my lens. See 2 lines better with them
I wear them longer than I should, but due to severe dry eye I can’t take them out before bedtime.
I usually have to clean the lens after 6 hours
But I do take the one Prose lens I have for my left eye out, clean and reinsert at least 2-3 times a day.
In addition to the last survey answers, my PROSE lens does have a habit of fogging up if air conditioner is blowing directly on me or if I sneeze the lens suddenly has solution well up inside and it looks like I'm peering through a fish bowl. When this happens, I take it out, clean and reinsert.
New to scleral lens my wear time has been based upon there comfort. Will try scleralfill solution per Dr recommendations to see if the lenses are more comfortable.
I continue to have dry eye putting drops in constantly. I can see to drive distances with my scleral.
I usually wear them about 10 hours each day, however I do need to take them out, clean them, and put them back in due to mucous build up.
I’m sure I am wearing them too long. I am up early and stay up late, which means they are in for a long time. Sometimes I have to take them out and clean them when I get home from work, if they are particularly cloudy at that point in the day.
I need them badly to drive, read, play sports, watch sporting events, tv, etc. but they are so difficult for me to insert that I avoid using them whenever I can. Sometimes my wife has to help me get it in.
I am feeling the edges of the sclerals and have tried everything. What can I try next?
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