CARLSBAD, Calif. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved SynergEyes’ next-generation silicone hydrogel hybrid contact lenses for correcting hyperopic, myopic and astigmatic refractive error, including presbyopia, in aphakic and non-aphakic eyes, the company announced in a press release.

SynergEyes plans to market the new hybrid technology as two separate contact lenses: the Duette hybrid contact lens for astigmatism, which is currently available in limited release, and the Duette multifocal lens for presbyopia, the release said.

Both lenses, which feature SynergEyes’ MaxVu rigid gas permeable material, as well as its Flex2O silicone hydrogel skirt, are indicated for daily wear to correct up to ±20 D in eyes with up to +6 D of astigmatism, according to the release

Duette hybrid contact lenses represent a significant advancement in the contact lens industry and give eye care professionals an innovative product that delivers an unprecedented combination of visual acuity and comfort to a broad range of patients,” Jim Ham, CEO of SynergEyes, said in the release.

A nationwide launch of the hybrid contact lenses for astigmatism and a limited release of the multifocal lenses are planned for early 2011..Source OSN