By Eyeplus Optometrist
Soft contact lens (SCL) has become so popular in recent years due to its’ conveniency and superior aesthetic compare to spectacles. However, seldom people knew about the third aspect of the usage of SCL, which is, it can act as a bandage lenses for therapeutic purposes to manage various kind of cornea diseases.
- Protection and promote healing
- Pain relief
- Entropion (inverted eyelids)
- Corneal erosion
- Post-surgical ptosis and surgical sutures
- Post refractive surgery, eg. LASIK
- Bullous keratopathy
- Epithelial erosion & abrasion
Corneal epithelial rupture will cause pain, foreign body sensation, and photophobia.
Bandage lenses can serve as a shield in front of the cornea to promote corneal healing and provides clear vision at the same time.
A bandage contact lens reinforces the damaged tissues and protects the nerve endings from the abrasive actions of the eyelids.
Which contact lens is suitable as a bandage lenses:
- High oxygen permeable contact lenses – silicone hydrogel material
Guard against infection
As bandage lens is usually being wore for overnight, frequent follow up with your optometrist is important to safe guard the cornea. The lenses is also being warned to wear only for short-term (usually within 3 to 30 days). Patients must also be educated on the signs and symptoms of infection, and told to call immediately if they develop.
If you would like to know more about the types of contact lenses that are suitable as bandage lenses, do contact us for more information.
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