Caring for Coated Lenses

June 11, 2018

Coating your custom contact lenses with Tangible™ Hydra-PEG makes them feel wet, slippery and comfortable in the eye, and helps them stay clear and free of fogging. You invested in your lenses, so we want them to feel great in your eyes as long as possible. 


Tangible Hydra-PEG is a completely unique product and it requires care that is different from your plain old uncoated contact lenses in order to maintain its benefits. The coating encapsulates your lens and is designed to improve overall comfort for the prescribed life of your lenses, but can be damaged when mishandled, shortening its benefits and comfort.


If you wear these coated lenses, or are a doctor that prescribes them, keep reading to learn how to best care for coated lenses and ensure the comfort they provide lasts as long as possible.


Here are the top 5 tips for caring for your Tangible Hydra-PEG coated lenses.


Be careful they don’t slip off your fingers.

Lenses coated in Tangible Hydra-PEG will feel extra slippery, which helps the eyelids glide smoothly over the lenses. The slipperiness that feels great in your eye is not so great if you let the lenses slip off your fingers and down the drain, or onto the floor. Make sure to take care when removing your coated lenses from their packaging or their contact lens case, and block your drain so you don’t lose your lenses.


Use the correct cleaner.

Some contact lens cleaning solutions may damage the coating and shorten its benefits. Cleaners you should not use are alcohol-based, abrasive, enzymatic, or sold under the brand name Progent®. 


You can find a list of cleaners compatible with Tangible Hydra-PEG that you should use here.


Always follow the cleaning solution’s instructions for use closely. 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.


Do not rinse lenses in tap water.

If you need to rinse your coated lenses, only use saline, which is a sterile solution. 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 saline if you need to rinse your contact lens case; do not use tap water.


Always store lenses in contact lens 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.


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.


                             to watch a video on caring for your
Tangible Hydra-PEG coated lenses.