Especially in the hot and challenging environment of the Middle East with heat and dust from the UAE desert, it is important to wear comfortable contact lenses which can cope with the rough environment around Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Fortunately, Silicone Hydrogel contact lenses are able to keep your eyes also moist in the hottest desert winds.
What makes silicone contact lenses so comfortable?
Silicone hydrogel and regular hydrogel lenses both are made of plastics that are hard when dry but readily absorb water and become soft and gel-like when hydrated.
If you've ever let a soft or silicone hydrogel lens become dry, you know that it becomes deformed, hard and fragile. But if you soak it for a few minutes in contact lens solution, it becomes soft and pliable again.
Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are advanced soft lenses which allow more oxygen to pass through the lens to the cornea than regular soft ("hydrogel") contacts. In fact, silicone hydrogel lenses enable up to five times more oxygen to reach the cornea than regular hydrogel lenses.
Popular brands of silicone hydrogel contact lenses include Acuvue Oasys (Vistakon), Air Optix Aqua (Alcon), Biofinity (CooperVision) and PureVision2 (Bausch + Lomb).