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Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are an advanced type of soft contact lenses and offer a variety of benefits.
What are silicone hydrogel contact lenses?
Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are some of the most popular around and are unique in that they allow up to five times the amount of oxygen to travel through them than other lenses do. The material absorbs and locks in water, allowing the lens to become flexible to follow the movements of your eye and to be better rehydrated during cleaning, disinfecting and storage. This lens is an exceptional quality to look for when considering daily disposable, monthly or two weekly contact lenses, due to its moisture retention and ability to hydrate the entire surface of your eye. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are highly beneficial to those who suffer from dry eye and want a slightly longer wearing time than most other contact lenses provide.
What vision problems do silicone hydrogel contact lenses correct?
Why should I choose silicone hydrogel contact lenses?
We outline the benefits of silicone hydrogel materials:
- Comfort – eyes remain fresh and healthy until the end of the day when wearing silicone hydrogel, as the soft material is highly breathable, allowing plenty of oxygen to enter and exit the eye.
- Hygiene – due to the increased amount of oxygen that passes through the lens, your eyes will be kept much healthier, significantly reducing any risk of infection or irritation.
- Endurance – by retaining water effectively, silicone hydrogel contacts don’t dip in terms of comfort or performance as the day goes on. So, you’ll be able to rely on your lenses from morning till night which is especially important if you’re a wearer of monthly or two weekly contact lenses.
Types of silicone hydrogel contact lenses
1 day silicone hydrogel contact lenses
Silicone hydrogel daily contact lenses are incredibly popular, based on their convenience and comfort. You can wear fresh lenses on a daily basis and dispose of your lenses at the end of the day without the hassle of a cleaning routine. Our popular 1 day silicone hydrogel contacts include Dailies Total 1, 1 Day Acuvue TruEye, comfi Pure 1 Day and Clariti 1 Day.
Monthly silicone hydrogel contacts
There are a number of popular silicone hydrogel monthly contact lenses to choose from and for great value. Popular products include Biofinity, Air Optix Aqua, Avaira Vitality, comfi Air and PureVision. They require a simple cleaning and storing routine, so you can wear them up to a month.
2 weekly silicone hydrogel contact lenses
Our most popular silicone hydrogel in 2 weekly is Acuvue Oasys which is also available in toric and multifocal form. These silicone hydrogel 2-weekly contact lenses provide great value for money compared to dailies and hygiene than monthlies as they are replaced more regularly.
Extended wear silicone hydrogel contact lenses
If approved by your optician, silicone hydrogel extended wear lenses can be worn continuously for up to 7 days or a month. Popular lenses include Air Optix Aqua Night & Day, Biofinity and Acuvue Oasys. Silicone hydrogel material is suitable for extended wear lenses, making them more breathable, allowing you to wear your lenses without having to remove them overnight.
What are the best silicone hydrogel contact lenses?
Which silicone hydrogel lens you wear will depend on whether you prefer monthlies or dallies and which refractive error you have. Contact lens wearers who have a busier lifestyle may want to opt for a daily wear lens that can be discarded in the evening and doesn’t require daily cleaning, disinfecting and storage routine.
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What is the best silicone hydrogel coloured contact lenses?
Coloured contact lenses offer a safe and reversible way to change your eye colour. However, due to the painted section of the lens, coloured contact lenses can sometimes be difficult for people with dry eyes to wear. The colour particles may impede the flow of oxygen, water and moisture in and out of the eye and make retaining moisture more difficult. Air Optix Colors are made of silicone hydrogel and can allow up to six times the amount of oxygen to pass through to the eyes than with other coloured contacts.
Are silicone hydrogel contact lenses more comfortable than hydrogel contact lenses?
Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are considered more comfortable than hydrogel contact lenses. These premium soft contact lenses allow more oxygen into the eye, making them more breathable and comfortable compared to standard hydrogel lenses.
How long can you wear silicone hydrogel contact lenses?
Silicone hydrogel contacts can be worn for longer hours of the day. The lens design allows more oxygen into the eye, making it more breathable and comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. Your lens wearing schedule will be advised by your optician and the contact lens itself.
Can you sleep in silicone hydrogel contact lenses?
You are not allowed to sleep in your lenses as this may lead to an eye infection and symptoms of dry or red eyes. You can only sleep in your lenses overnight if they are extended wear contact lenses which have been approved by your optician.
Are silicone hydrogel contact lenses safe?
Silicone hydrogel lenses are safe to wear. Your optician will confirm which lenses are most suitable for your eyes, based on your prescription and lens type preference.
Are silicone hydrogel lenses more expensive?
Given the immense comfort they offer and their ability to retain a high level of moisture, therefore provide an extended wearing time, it’s understandable that silicone hydrogel contacts would have slightly higher price point than standard hydrogel lenses. Feel Good Contacts aims to offer the best prices on the market for your contact lenses and our Price Match Guarantee ensures that you won’t find your contact lenses cheaper anywhere else.