Correctly caring for your Tangible Hydra-PEG lenses ensures that they are working as intended for their lifetime. Since coated lenses are different than normal uncoated lenses, there are some special considerations to keep in mind.
1. Be careful they don’t slip off your fingers
Tangible Hydra-PEG creates a very slippery lens surface, which is what makes a coated lens so comfortable. Be very careful when removing them from the package or your contact lens case. And, like with any contact lens, don't forget to plug your drain!
2. Use the correct cleaner
Tangible Clean is the ideal cleaning, disinfecting and conditioning solution for Tangible Hydra-PEG coated lenses and will protect the coating from damage. Other cleaning solutions compatible with coated lenses include:
- Tangible Clean
- Boston Simplus (Bausch + Lomb)
- ClearCare (Alcon)
- ClearCare HydraGlyde (Alcon)
- Unique pH (Menicon)
Cleaning/conditioning solutions not mentioned above should be considered harmful to the coating and may prematurely wear away its benefits. When using Tangible Clean or other compatible solutions that recommend rubbing your lenses, please follow directions. Rubbing with compatible solutions will not damage the coating and will help ensure that the lenses are fully clean and disinfected. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor. If you need to use artificial tears or rewetting drops, only use those approved for use with contact lenses.
3. Do not rinse lenses in tap water
If you need to rinse your coated lenses, only use Tangible Clean, a compatible solution, or sterile saline. Do not use tap water, as it may wear away the coating.
Tap water also allows bacteria and harmful pathogens to attach to your contacts, which can cause eye infections. These infections may cause eye pain and may feel like there is a foreign body in the eye, and can be difficult to treat. To protect against infection, you should also use sterile saline if you need to rinse your contact lens case; do not use tap water.
4. Always store lenses in Tangible Clean or other compatible solution
Never store them dry or you will damage the lenses! Ensure your lenses are stored with plenty of solution. If you leave them in your case dry, this can dry out and damage the special coating. If you need to store your lenses longer than overnight, make sure to change your contact lens solution monthly.
5. Last but not least, if you have any questions about caring for your lenses, talk to your doctor
Your doctor knows your eye health history and is best equipped to recommend products, advise you about your contact lenses, and answer any questions.