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DSM in Medical

Silicone hydrogels

For over two decades, DSM has been a recognized leader in the research, development and manufacturing of specialty polymers.

Our ophthalmic expertise and technology were major contributors to the development of silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Hailed as a breakthrough over traditional hydrogel soft contact lenses, this innovation helped create a new generation of super-permeable contact lenses. They transmit unprecedented amounts of oxygen to the cornea – up to seven times more oxygen than previous contact lenses. High oxygen permeability is essential for maintaining a healthy cornea.

Silicone hydrogel contact lens

The availability of silicone hydrogel contributed to the creation of extended wear contact lenses that can be worn for up to 30 days without removal. Many users find both daily and extended wear lenses much more comfortable than traditional hydrogel lenses.

However, our partnerships don’t end with formulating polymers. We work with medical device manufacturers from scale-up of small R&D formulations to development of commercial volumes of silicone hydrogel end products. The goal? To continue creating brighter lives for people everywhere.