Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are becoming more popular every day with mainstream manufacturers. You may be a candidate for silicone lenses if you are mildly nearsighted, farsighted, have mild astigmatism or mild presbyopia. They can essentially be used to correct well over 80% of all vision challenges contact lens and eyeglass wearers suffer from.
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Because of their oxygen permeability, silicone lenses are often used as a bandage post surgery or as a cushion lens under a gas permeable contact lens. This type of contact lens fitting is called a "piggy back System"
If you use Silicone hydrogel contacts, be sure to follow your eye care provider's instructions regarding contact lens solution and replacement schedule. Previous soft lens solutions may not be compatible with your new silicone lenses.Some silicone hydrogel lenses available today are the Ciba Night and Day, Acuvue Advance, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism, Ciba O2 Optix, and the Purevision line of lenses by Bauch and Lomb.