Hybrid contact lenses: when it is not possible to use semi-rigid lenses

Hybrid lenses combine some features of soft and semi-rigid contact lenses. Their periphery corresponds to that of a soft contact lens and their central part to that of an RGP.

Lentes de contacto híbridas

These types of lenses are prescribed in cases of very high astigmatism or corneal irregularities, in which it is not possible to fit semi-rigid lenses, either because the patient cannot tolerate them or because the lens cannot be centred well on the eye and does not cover the irregularities on the periphery of the cornea. This is why hybrid lenses are a mixture of semi-rigid in the central part and soft around the edge, combining the features of both.

What precautions should be taken with the eyes when using such lenses?

If you use hybrid contact lenses, your corneas also need a respite. For this, it is important to follow these recommendations: If you use soft contact lenses, your corneas also need a respite. For this, it is important to follow these recommendations:

  • Do not insert your contact lenses as soon as you wake up: wait for at least 20 minutes. The same applies when removing them: do not do so just before going to sleep, take them out at least 20 minutes before.
  • Never sleep with your contact lenses in. If you do so by mistake, moisten the lenses with artificial tears before removing them. Never directly take the lenses out, because you run the risk of causing damage to the cornea.
  • It is very important for contact lenses to always remain moist. To do so, you should always use the artificial tears prescribed by your specialist in your lens holder, especially indoors, if you have the heating or air conditioning on.

How should hybrid lenses be inserted?

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with water and neutral soap and dry them with a paper towel or a towel that does not shed fluff.
  2. Rub the lens on both sides with soap solution and rinse with saline solution.
  3. Place the lens on the tip of your index finger and add a drop of artificial tears before inserting it into your eye.
  4. With the middle finger of the same hand, hold the lower eyelid and, with the index finger of the other hand, hold the upper eyelid, and place the lens on the lower white part of your eye with the help of a mirror.
  5. Look down and release the upper eyelid. Move the eye sideways and release the lower eyelid. The lens will now be positioned and centred.

How should they be removed?

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with neutral soap and water and dry them with a paper towel or a towel that does not shed fluff.
  2. With the middle finger of the hand you write with, separate the lower eyelid from your eye and, with your index finger, move the lens towards the white part of the eye; pinch it carefully and remove it. Place the lens in its case and follow the instructions shown in the section “How should hybrid lenses be stored?”.
  3. If the lens sticks to your eye, apply one or two drops of artificial tears, blink a couple of times and try again.

How should hybrid lenses be stored?

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly for 10 seconds with neutral soap and dry them with a paper towel or a towel that does not shed fluff.
  2. Pick up the lens and apply hybrid lens cleaner to it. Rub the whole lens with the cleaner, especially the central part, to remove any deposits that might remain.
  3. Remove any soap from the lens with saline solution.
  4. Place each lens in its corresponding lens holder (left/right) and cover completely with the conditioning solution. For proper disinfection, they should remain in the case for at least 6 hours.
  5. Before reinserting the lenses, rub them with soap, rinse with saline solution and discard the conditioning liquid from the case, leaving it empty and well sealed to prevent contamination. It is advisable to change the lens holder case every 3 months.
  6. Never use expired products to clean or store the lenses.
  7. Make sure that the lenses do not come into contact with water or saliva, as both elements can cover them with germs and cause eye infections.

Tips for using hybrid contact lenses

Here are some precautions that you should keep in mind if you are a user of this type of lens:

  • Do not use tap water to rinse your lenses.
  • Insert the contact lenses before applying make-up and try to avoid using too much on the eyelids and lashes.
  • Never insert a broken or cracked lens.
  • If your contact lenses cause you any discomfort, please contact us!

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