Having a prosthetic eye can be positively life-changing, and you probably want to do what you can to take good care of it. For example, you might be aware that cleaning it regularly is important both so that you can see clearly out of it and so that you can keep it clean and sanitary. However, you might not be totally sure of what you should do when you are cleaning it. These are a few tips that can help.
1. Do it Over a Soft Surface
For one thing, it's important to make sure that you clean your prosthetic eye over a soft surface. It might be tempting to clean it in the sink, for example, but if you drop it in the sink, it could be damaged. Additionally, if you drop it on your bathroom floor, this could also cause the prosthetic eye to be damaged. Instead, consider sitting down to clean your eye, and do it over a thick, folded-up towel that will provide a cushion in the event that you do drop it.
2. Use a Mild Cleaner
Generally, you will only need to use water in order to clean your prosthetic eye. Occasionally, however, you may choose to use a cleaning agent to get the job done. When you do, make sure that you use a very mild cleanser that is properly diluted with water, and make sure that you rinse it very well. Instead, you may choose to use saline solution, just as you would use if you were cleaning contacts.
3. Dry it Carefully
Lastly, when drying your eye, make sure that you do so carefully. Don't use a towel that has a rough surface, since this can scratch the eye. The eye does not have to be thoroughly dried when you put it back into the socket, so it's better to be safe rather than attempting to overdry it and potentially scratching it in the process.
As you can see, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind when cleaning your prosthetic eye. This can help you ensure that you get your eye nice and clean while avoiding damaging it. Once you get used to it, you are sure to be able to clean it more quickly and confidently. Also, if you have any additional questions, make sure that you ask your doctor so that he or she can help you with the care and keeping of your prosthetic eye. To learn more about caring for your prosthetics, visit Real Life Faces.