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  • L8rgator
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    Make sure you are adding a few drops of saline before removing your lens. It helps loosen the suction.

    Cloudiness is often related to fit. Having said that, my eyes get goopy when I have a bad allergy attack or I use boston conditioning solution so I could see allergies being another cause of cloudiness. To avoid problems now I follow a pretty strict routine for myself (and I try not to be lazy about it, but sometimes I am) and it works for me.
    1. I use clear care - I rub very very gently in it and then store for 6 hours.
    2. I rinse out my eye in the shower good with saline. I air tight bandage it overnight, so it needs a good cleaning by morning.
    3. I gently scrub the outside of my eye with baby shampoo to get rid of oils on my lashes (I got 3 styes since wearing sclerals, all before I started washing this way)
    4. I fill the lens with unisol 4 saline (my doctor said don't use other brands of eye saline)
    5. I use Blink contact drops over it. they have a preservative, but it's very mild. And no oils to make things goopy (other solutions do for me)
    I don't use any conditioner or other solutions on it daily. I do also use lobob maybe once a month to scrub off any lingering deposits, but the clear care does a really good job of that by itself.

    I take my lens out at the outside corner (so 3/9 o'clock), but I think the important part is just getting as far from the center as possible. And holding your eye open, just like you do when you insert the lens. I am lazy about that part and do end up scratching my eye about once a month because I don't properly hold my eye open.

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  • alb1967
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    Lulubelle yes my lens become cloudy after 5 or 6 hours of lens wear. I just take them out and refill the solution. My Dr said it is tear debrea from out eyes being dry. I also use PF drops over my lens (esp here lately because my eyes have become so dry). I have used several and they do blur them for a minute or two. I have read people use Refresh Plus (that is what Boston Foundation for Sight recommends but I have not tried those yet. I store mine in Clear Care every night and 3 times week I also clean them with LoBob ESC. You have to store the lenses in the Clear Care for 6 hrs then you can take them out and put in your eye, but I usually rinse with saline first. Good luck!

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  • Hopeforothers
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    Lulubelle, The only thing I use with my lens in is the saline solution only because I don't want to damage them. I find that when I drop them in if I lay back and lift my eye lid so it doesn't wash away the solution that it helps lubricate them better. I will ask Dr. Boshnick if I can use anything else. I leave mine in saline overnight and clean them once a week with the boston cleaner I just went back for my check up and I told him I was having a problem with feeling like I couldn't clear my lens from being foggy. He gave me PROGENT Cleaning for Rigid Gas Permeable contacts. It is 7 treatments and it removes deposits that collect on your lens. I used it immediately and they were like brand new. Hope this helps.

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  • lulubelle
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    Thank you Hopeforothers and alb1967. I took both of your comments/advice and I'm happy to report success with removing my schlerals with very little if no discomfort!! I have a couple other questions for you. I do experience my right lense clouding after 4/5 hours of wearing. This does not happen in the left eye though. The Dr that fitted me for them told me to stop using the Boston conditioning solution and to just rinse them with saline solution when removing from the peroxi clear that they soak in over night. This has not helped?? Also, I was wondering if you all use any preservative free drops in your eyes while wearing the lenses or will this cause blurring?? Again, thank you for all your advice!!

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  • alb1967
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    Originally posted by lulubelle View Post
    Hi green eyes2, I have been wearing schleral for approximately 2 months. My main difficulty is when removing them. You mentioned above that when you remove yours, your eyes feel soothed for a few hours after and again for a bit in the morning. I believe I may be removing them wrong because it literally feels like I'm pulling a layer off with the lense and then I immediately have to place Celluvisc in and close my eyes and go to sleep and there are some nights my eyes continue to burn while laying and trying to fall asleep. Please let me know what your techniques are to remove your lenses. Any additional information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!!!
    It sounds like you are not removing the lens in the correct place. To high will cuase you not to be able to break the suction. I have done this before and it hurts. Make sure you are placing the plunger at 6 o'clock. Anything higher will cause the suction not to break. Try this and see it it helps

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  • Hopeforothers
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    lulubelle, I have been wearing my Scleral Lens for 3 months now. A problem I was having when removing mine was my eye lid would close down on it when I took it out and it would scratch my cornea. My eye would burn for the rest of the night. Now I have
    learned to hold my upper lid open to keep it from closing when removing them and now I never have a problem with them. Also, there are helpful YouTube videos to show you how to remove without pulling on your eye. I hope this helps!

    Love my Sclerals!

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  • lulubelle
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    Hi green eyes2, I have been wearing schleral for approximately 2 months. My main difficulty is when removing them. You mentioned above that when you remove yours, your eyes feel soothed for a few hours after and again for a bit in the morning. I believe I may be removing them wrong because it literally feels like I'm pulling a layer off with the lense and then I immediately have to place Celluvisc in and close my eyes and go to sleep and there are some nights my eyes continue to burn while laying and trying to fall asleep. Please let me know what your techniques are to remove your lenses. Any additional information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!!!

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  • shanku
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    I experienced clouding with the Boston lenses on my left eye during the fitting process and couple of weeks afterwards. The doctors who fitted me at BFS said that it is because my left eye is in inflamed state from traumas and severe dryness it experienced in the past. It seems the eye is generating debris and that is getting inside the lense. They tried their best to tighten that lense so that debris can be kept out but they can not tighten it too much as that will harm the cornea. I tried the saline squizee (rinsing) with Q-Tip but that did not help.

    Also, they gave me Alrex drops to use to reduce the inflammation but I stopped using it after couple of weeks as it is not safe for a long time. Luckily after around 5 weeks of wearing, the clouding stopped happening on a regular basis. But that left eye is still inflamed and once in a while it still gets clouded. If that happens, as you said, you have no choice but to replace the solution. BFS docs said that with wearing of the lenses for a while the eye environment will improve and that in turn is expected to reduce these issues after a while.

    Now the problem I experience is that -

    My both eyes feel drier with the lenses on...so, have to keep using eye drops on top of it - every 0.5 hour or so. does anyone else experience that? or is it usually expected with any contact lenses? Can it happen when the fit is less than ideal? Recently, one day I wasn't not able do the eye drops diligently and later that evening my vision became blurry as the cornea probably got dried up. Using frequent wetting drops for next couple of days improved the vision.

    Again on left eye - lower lid looks more retracted with the sclerals - although doctor told me not to worry, I think that prevents me from having a complete blinking which is necessary.

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  • Hopeful2
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    I am not sure I know of any solutions to your problems. . . I have heard that some people do have an issue with clouding.

    Have you considered:
    -eye drops clouding up the surface of the lens?
    -are your lenses plasma coated? . . . this might make a difference
    -have you contacted the lens fitters in Pittsburgh to get their suggestions?
    -would rinsing your lenses while in your eyes with saline help?

    I am happy to hear that the scleral lenses offer you some relief from the painful burning effects of dry eyes.

    Best of luck to you.

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  • darlenehovis
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    problems with scleral lenses clouding over after about 4 hours

    I've been wearing scleral lenses fitted in Pittsburgh, PA at the UPMC eye center for about 2 months now. It does take a lot of perseverance at first. Just getting them in the eye filled with saline is a challenge.
    However, it is frustrating to me to find that the outer surface clouds over or tuns white where my eyelids come together after about 3 to 4 hours. I have no other choice than to remove them and let them sit for an hour or two, then scrub them, rinse them, and place them back into my eyes. Could it be mucus? I stopped wearing eye makeup and even scrub my eyelids, rinse my eyelids with saline, etc. prior to inserting the lenses.
    Does anyone have a suggestion for me? I have sjogrens and severe dry eyes where my corneas and ocular surface was being compromised. I would find specs of debris stuck to my eyes by early evening daily without my lenses, burning redness of my eyes were very painful in addition to blurry vision.

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  • Shahara
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    how much does sceleral lens cost?

    I'm 25 and suffering with dry eyes since ages!!!!!!!!!

    I live in germany, and if things get worse, I'm seriously thinking about sceral lens! not right now, but maybe later on?!

    how much does it cost? 7000 $???

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  • Julie1
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    How are you doing with your Scleral lenses?

    Hi Greeneyes,

    I was just wondering how you were doing with your Scleral lenses? How long are you able to wear them during the day? Are you able to do more things that you could not do now that you have the Scleral lenses? Did you get your prescription mix-up worked out? Keep us posted as to how you are doing.

    Julie

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  • Eileen
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    Hi Green Eyes,
    Thanks for your informative reply. I do have lower punctal plugs which have not helped and may try restasis again. I know the scleral lenses are expensive but I think my insurance will cover it. If they help me, they will be cheaper than restasis and DHEA drops in the long run but without the as yet unknown side effects of restasis. Although I wish the sclerals could be a cure all, I consider them just another tool in the treatment arsenal and I would probably continue other treatments as well.
    Let me know how your adjustment period progresses and if you come up with any more major issues both positive and negative. I probably won't be able to make it up to Boston until January. (I'm a native Bostonian and grew up only a few miles from Needham).
    Eileen

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  • green eyes2
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    Hi Eileen,

    You havenít had dry eyes very long, so hopefully you will be able to get them under control with other methods. You mentioned Restasis and DHEA drops. Have you tried punctal occlusion? The scleral lenses are very expensive and it is a time-demanding process to be fitted with them. Most people who get these lenses have severe dry eyes or severe eye pain and/or visual problems uncorrectable by other means. However, this being said, if your dry eyes are very negatively affecting your life and your livelihood and you are still interested in them, then by all means look into it. If you are suffering badly enough they are definitely worth the relief they provide, at least to most people.

    I have only had the scleral lenses a short time, but so far they do give me relief of the burning dry eyes while wearing them. I try to wear them almost all day (from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed), but I do fit in a few hours break midday when my eyes are getting tired from them. When I remove the lenses my eyes feel so much better than they did before sclerals. I canít really say for how long I have relief without sclerals since I have been trying to wear the lenses as much as possible, but my eyes feel tremendously better when I wake up in the morning.

    With the sclerals I have been able to be outside playing with my children for up to two hours without any sunglasses and have no burning dry eye pain. Before the sclerals, I could barely stay outside for 30 minutes without terrible burning pain and then I would pay for it all day with my eyes feeling even worse than usual.

    Even though my sclerals arenít perfect (i.e. I am aware of them and can feel them and feel a little disoriented while wearing them) the discomfort I feel from the sclerals is much better than the pain from the burning dry eye! If someone doesnít have severe dry eye/eye pain or severe visual problems requiring these lenses, then they may be easily frustrated over these things and give up. I have read that the discomfort/awareness of the lenses usually diminishes over time.

    Regarding the disorientation: Dr. Rosenthal said I was one of the only patients he has ever had to get 20/15 vision from a scleral lens. He said something about the optics of the scleral lenses usually donít produce that even if you see 20/15 with glasses like I do. I believe the reason I am having disorientation is because one eye is 20/15 and the other is 20/20 with these lenses and also since contacts are right on my eyes and glasses are farther away it is also something I have to adjust to and contributing to this disorientation. Maybe I am a more challenging patient than normal and more sensitive to visual change and the lenses, but I'm not really sure since I don't have a lot of people to compare notes with.

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  • Eileen
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    Considering Sclerals

    Hi I'm new here. I'm 43 and had a sudden onset of menopause a few weeks after the birth of my son in Jan. 06. In July 06, I started feeling a foreign body sensation in my right eye and saw an optomotrist who diagnosed me with bilateral dry eye. Restasis helped initially in the first 4 weeks but I started to develop acute irritation and dryness from the restasis and stopped it. I started DHEA drops which may be helping some but it's difficult to say as I've only been on it for 6 weeks and some days symptoms flare up.
    I'm interested in sclerals because they seem to give some people symptom- free time during the day. I would like to get back to feeling better and working (I'm a pediatrician) without thinking about eye discomfort all the time.
    I'm interested in knowing how Green Eyes is getting on with the sclerals. Are you able to exercise outside with them without panoptx glasses? How many hours per day are you able to wear them?
    Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge.
    Eileen

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