Polishing Contact Lenses
Many patients call and ask to have their gas permeable firm contact lenses polished. Our response is “We will be glad to provide that service for our own patients who have had an evaluation within six months.”
Many contact lens wearers do not realize the importance of good care. Most of those calling have not been seen for several years. Patient self diagnosis is dangerous. Long term contact lens wearers corneal sensitivity may be reduced which may mask more serious problems.
Slight problems diagnosed and corrected early can eliminate reduced contact lens wearing time or discontinue contact lens wearing.
Contact lenses are great, but you must still be periodically checked (every six months) for your corneal health, visual problems, prescription changes in contact lenses and glasses, quality of your present contacts, and learn the new advances in visual science that may help you even better. (Such as gas permeable contact lenses.)
Only certain lenses can be polished.
Some of these may have special curves that may not retain the quality optics by polishing.
Firm lenses only.
Every time you polish contact lenses you are removing some of the plastic. This limits how many times polishing can be done and how deep the scratches can be removed before altering the lenses significantly.
The main causes of scratched contact lenses are rubbing them between your fingers and sliding them on a surface. SO DON’T!!
Make sure your case edges are smooth.