If you’ve been wanting to wear silicone hydrogel contact lenses but couldn’t because they weren’t available in your prescription, your wait is over: Custom-made silicone hydrogel lenses are now available in the United States.
The 2002 introduction of lenses made from new-generation silicone hydrogel materials was welcomed by contact lens wearers and eyecare practitioners alike, because silicone hydrogel lenses deliver more oxygen to the eye than traditional hydrogel lenses, which can mean improved comfort and better eye health.
But until now, silicone hydrogel lenses have come only in limited sizes from manufacturers such as Bausch + Lomb, CIBA Vision, Johnson & Johnson and CooperVision. If you have an unusual prescription, such as one with very high amounts of astigmatism, silicone hydrogels weren’t an option for you.
Now Contamac, a U.K.-based supplier of contact lens materials, has FDA approval for a silicone hydrogel material that they’ll be supplying to smaller U.S. lens manufacturers who can fabricate custom lenses. Read more…