- Tap Water
- Distilled Water
- Contact Lens Saline Solution
- Effervescent Denture Cleaning Solution
By tradition, we have used sterile saline solution to rinse ocular prosthetics for several decades. With advanced technology and information from a longstanding cardiologist patient of mine, we discussed the removal of his scleral shell at night as an operating surgeon and soaking it in distilled water. The question here is, why distilled water?
The conversation indicated that because of the molecular charge of distilled water, it will pull proteins out of the prosthetic eyes, as it is the proteins that cause the increased discharge and lead to conjunctival bleeding. Knowing this and knowing that if you use a denture cleaning Effervescent denture tablet (which people will attempt as they believe it is a similar protein cleansing process), the contraindication of this thought is that the solution will enter the intramolecular structure of the prosthetic eyes and be absorbed by about 6%. The following day, this will result in sponging onto the conjunctival tissues of the eye causing extreme irritation and damage to the lining of the eye socket.
Proceeding into our new and modern way of thinking for all prosthetic eye patients, our suggested process will incorporate the necessary science and technology into artificial eye replacements. There are two principles to keep in mind: the first is to treat the prosthetic eye like your natural eye. This means you would not want to remove the eye as often to cleanse, as you would not want to remove your own eye. Secondly, if you are in the situation, we strongly advise you to place the prosthetic eye in glassware to be able to see it, then to bath the eye in fresh distilled water. Finally, we advise you to never store the prosthetic eye into a Kleenex, because although it is carefully wrapped up, often they are inadvertently thrown in a trash can, never to be recovered.