Frequently Asked Questions
How many times can a light patch be worn?
The light patch use life will vary, depending on care and skin type, but should be replaced when it no longer adheres well to the skin. Correct skin preparation and proper patch storage can extend the use life of the light patch. The patches typically last for 20 uses.
Can you make the light patch last longer?
Proper skin cleansing prior to patch placement can minimize build-up of sweat, oils, dead skin and hair on the patch’s adhesive hydrogel. If the light patch has lost adhesion, rehydrate the hydrogel by moistening your finger with a few drops of water and gently rubbing the hydrogel to rehydrate. Proper patch handling to avoid air drying and UV light exposure can improve patch use life. After each treatment, be sure to place patch back on the clear liner and store in its resealable zip bag. Also avoid cutting, folding or pulling patch at non-tab points. Do not step on or provide excessive pressure to the patch socket.
Can I use the CareWear light patch with other pain management and tissue recovery therapies?
Yes. CareWear light patches are a non-drug therapy that can be used in combination with other therapies.
Can I use the CareWear light patch with topical creams and gels?
Yes. However, topical creams/gels should NOT be applied to the treatment site immediately before applying the light patch as it may damage the hydrogel or produce excessive heat.
Do I need to shield the patientʼs eyes during treatment?
No. The light patches are safe for ocular exposure according to IEC 62471-2/TR:2009. However, it is not recommended to apply the patch over the orbital area of the eye(s) nor stare into an activated patch.
Are CareWear light patches safe to use over tattooed skin?
The lower levels of fluence (<5J/cm2), irradiance (<3mW/cm2 average) and temperature change (6° C maximum) provided by the CareWear patches are insufficient to cause localized heating of red, blue or black tattoos.