Sales of silicone hydrogel contact lenses grew in France by 44 percent to €37 million in 2007, according to SYFFOC, the country's contact lens manufacturers' association, helping the overall contact lens market to grow by 5.1 percent to €205 million. Sales of contact lens solutions rose by 12.6 percent to €47.5 million, largely because those of Bausch & Lomb were taken out of the market in 2006.