The human eye is made up of several different parts that all work together to provide the miracle of sight. When one part of the eye doesn’t function properly, visual impairment can result. For the vast majority of people that visual impairment can be corrected with normal glasses or contact lenses. But for those who suffer from Aphakia special custom eyewear is needed.
What is Aphakia?
Aphakia is a condition where your eye is missing its interocular lens, either due to being born without it or having it removed for medical reasons. Your intraocular lens is actually inside your eye, and it changes shape to help you focus on near or far objects. Without it, your eye is completely unable to see and focus on things. Being born without an interocular lens is called congenital aphakia.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of your eye’s interocular lens. Cataracts usually form due to long term exposure to UV radiation from the sun, which is why they are more common in older people. Sometimes, however, they can be present at birth in what is known as congenital cataracts.
To remove cataracts, a doctor has to completely remove the interocular lens. Usually they will replace it with an artificial one, but in some situations they may choose not to. For patients who get their interocular lens removed, the only way to see again is with a special Aphakic contact lens.
What is Silsoft?
Silsoft is a special contact lens made for patients without an interocular lens (also know as Aphakia). Silsoft is made of a special material that allows unparalleled amounts of oxygen through. Unlike most soft contact lenses, Silsoft Aphakic contact lenses can actually last an entire year. Also unlike regular contact lenses, some doctors will even permit you to sleep in Silsoft contact lenses.
What is Silsoft Super Plus?
Silsoft Super Plus Aphakic Contact Lenses are a special version of Silsoft made specifically for kids (aka pediatric patients). For children who have had their interocular lens removed (or were both without one), Silsoft is a great option to correct their site without needing to rely on glasses. Since Silsoft Super Plus is made up of a highly oxygen permeable material called elastofilcon, doctors will generally allow children to sleep in these contact lenses.
Is Silsoft expensive?
At $189.99 per lens, both Silsoft Adult or Silsoft Pediatric lenses can seem a bit on the pricy side. Unlike regular soft contact lenses, a single Silsoft lens can actually last all year long, which ends up making them comparable in price to most monthly contact lenses on the market.
For families at or below the federal poverty line, Bausch and Lomb will actually cover the entire cost of the Silsoft contact lenses. You can learn more about this generous program on the Bausch and Lomb website, but it is important to note it only applies to Silsoft lenses purchased from your eye doctor and not from online retailers.
If you have Aphakia, talk to your doctor about Silsoft Aphakic Contact Lenses. These highly breathable lenses could be just what you need. And since they last for a whole year and can even be slept in, they are actually one of the most affordable contact lenses on the market today.