Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses

Have you heard of Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses?
Silicone Hydrogel contact lenses are made of a high oxygen permeable material that allows more oxygen to flow into the cornea compared to conventional contact lenses, and are described as 100% more comfortable. Within the next few years, more patients will be wearing silicone hydrogel lenses over any other lens material.

What are the benefits of Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses to a contact lens wearer?
Silicone hydrogel contact lenses help minimize problems like redness, dryness, swelling of the cornea and corneal infections. Silicone hydrogel lenses allow more oxygen to the cornea which results in better eye health. This results in much improved comfort levels.

Other advantages of silicone hydrogel lenses include more resistance to protein deposits, less drying of the lenses, lower risk of eye infection, easier handling due to increased rigidity of material.

These lenses are especially useful in the following types of patients:

– Young wearers who tend to ‘over-wear’ their lenses
– People who tend to nap in their lenses
– People who wear their lenses for more than 12 to 14 hours a day
– People who work for a long duration of time in central heating or air conditioned rooms
– People who experience end of day discomfort, dryness, or redness

What are your options in terms of selecting a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens?
Contact lenses made of silicone hydrogel are available in:

1. Daily Disposables
1 Day Acuvue TruEye by Johnson & Johnson

2. Bi-weekly Disposables
Acuvue Oasys by Johnson & Johnson

3. Monthly Disposables
Air optix Aqua by Ciba Vision
PureVision by Bausch & Lomb
4. Extended Wear – meaning approved for 30 nights continuous day and night wear.
Air Optix Night & Day Aqua by Ciba Vision
PureVision by Bausch & Lomb

Are contact lenses for Astigmatism available in Silicone Hydrogel?
Contact lenses which correct astigmatism are available in silicone hydrogel under the following brands:

1. PureVision Toric by Bausch & Lomb
2. Airoptix for astigmatism by Ciba Vision
3. Acuvue Oasys for astigmatism by Johnson & Johnson

Multifocal contact lenses are also available in silicone hydrogel as:

1. PureVision Multifocal by Bausch & Lomb
2. AirOptix Multifocal by Ciba Vision

View this interesting video for a graphic insight into the benefits of silicone hydrogel contact lenses.