FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Wearing Contact Lenses
 

Q: Are color contact lenses comfortable?

Yes. AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses deliver beauty, comfort, and breathability*. The proprietary SmartShield® Technology in AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses creates a smooth protective barrier for the contact lens that helps keep moisture on1 and keep deposits off2,3 for consistent comfort4,5 throughout the wearing period.

Q: Is wearing color contact lenses safe?

Yes. When used as directed, most people can wear color contact lenses without complications. Successful contact lens wear depends on following the instructions of your eye care professional. Over time, your vision can change, often without apparent symptoms or warning signs, which may put you at risk for developing complications. To maintain healthy eyes and the most efficient and comfortable vision possible, you need quality eye care on a regular basis. Only your eye care professional is educated, trained and licensed to examine, diagnose and provide treatment for your eyes and prescribe contact lenses. Click here for Important Safety Information

Q: Do you offer any free contact lens trials?

Yes! You can get your online certificate for an AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses Free Trial. After printing your certificate, be sure to take it to an eye care professional in your area who can recommend and prescribe the AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses that are right for you. If you don’t have an eye care professional, enter your zip code to locate one near you.

Q: Is it okay to play sports while wearing contact lenses?

Every sport is different. Talk to your eye care professional to select the best type of contact lenses based on your particular sport or activity. Contact lenses are not a substitute for eye protection. It is recommended to wear appropriate goggles, masks, etc. when participating in sports.

Q: Can I sleep in my color contact lenses?

No. AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are approved for daily wear only.

Q: Why are breathable* contact lenses important?

The AIR OPTIX® family of contact lenses, including AIR OPTIX® COLORS, are breathable* soft contact lenses, which allow oxygen to pass through the contact lens to promote white, healthy-looking eyes4.

Q: Who should not wear contact lenses?

You should not wear contacts if you:

  • Have an eye infection or inflammation (redness and swelling)
  • Have an eye disease, eye injury or dryness that interferes with contact lens wear
  • Have a systemic disease that may be affected by, or could impact, contact lens wear
  • Have certain types of allergic conditions
  • Are using certain medications, such as some eye medications

Q: Are there times when you should not wear contact lenses?

Yes. Your eye care professional can tell you about situations or environmental conditions that may be inappropriate for contact lens wear. Contact lenses should not be worn under certain general health and eye conditions. Only your eye care professional can determine if continued contact lens wear is right for you.

Q: What are some important things to remember when wearing contact lenses?

While wearing AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses your eyes should look well, feel comfortable and vision should be clear.

  • If you have a problem, immediately remove your contact lenses and contact your eye care professional. You should always have a pair of glasses that you are willing to wear if a problem occurs with your contact lenses. Carefully follow your eye care professional's instructions for lens wear, care, and replacement.
  • Never wear your contact lenses for longer periods than prescribed for you. See your eye care professional for follow-up care and periodic checkups.

Q: Why is it important to get regular eye exams?

Many eye and vision conditions present no obvious symptoms so people are often unaware that a problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment is important for maintaining good vision, and when possible, preventing permanent vision loss.

AIR OPTIX® COLORS Contact Lenses
 

Q: What are AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses?

The AIR OPTIX® contact lens brand is a family of five breathable*, high-performance silicone hydrogel contact lenses from Alcon that provides vision correction for a variety of eye care and lifestyle needs.

  • AIR OPTIX® AQUA (lotrafilcon B), AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® (lotrafilcon B), AIR OPTIX® for Astigmatism (lotrafilcon B) and AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal (lotrafilcon B) contact lenses are approved for daily wear or extended wear up to 6 nights.
  • AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA (lotrafilcon A) contact lenses are the most breathable* soft contact lenses and are FDA-approved for daily wear and extended wear up to 30 nights of continuous wear.
  • AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses deliver naturally beautiful eyes with incredibly comfortable lenses.4,5 AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are approved for daily wear only.

Q: What are AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses?

AIR OPTIX® COLORS are color contact lenses designed to enhance or transform dark or light eyes, with a completely natural effect, and can be prescribed with or without vision correction. They are made with exclusive SmartShield® Technology and feature 3-in-1 color technology to blend naturally with the color of your eye, so you can experience a new look that can be subtle or vibrant.

Q: What are AIR OPTIX® contact lenses made of?

AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are made of a state-of-the-art, proprietary silicone hydrogel material. The unique chemistry of this material allows the flow of oxygen through the contact lenses. AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lens are designed to fit comfortably on the eye and allow plenty of oxygen to pass through.6

Q: Why is it important for oxygen to pass through the contact lens to the eye?

Oxygen is essential for the health of your cornea, the domed-shaped front part of your eye. Insufficient oxygen may cause corneal swelling and/or lead to irritated, red eyes and uncomfortable lens wear.

Q: Which contact lens care solution should be used to clean and disinfect AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses?

OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution or CLEAR CARE® PLUS Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution are the recommended products for cleaning and disinfecting AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses. We recommend you carefully follow the wear, care, and replacement recommendations of your eye care professional. Visit opti-free.com or clearcaresolution.com for more information.

Q: Do I need a prescription to wear AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses?

Yes. Contact lenses are medical devices that should be fitted by a licensed eye care professional, even for people who do not need vision correction. AIR OPTIX® COLORS Color Studio offers a virtual try- on experience with 9 different color contact lenses available to try on, making it an easy way to find the color that best fits you.

Q: What prescriptions are available for AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses?

Your eye care professional can determine the contact lens and correction that are best for you. The quick contact lens snapshot below includes all available prescriptions.

AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses product information

Material: lotrafilcon B

Diameter: 14.2 mm

Water content: 33%

Base curve: 8.6 mm

Surface: SmartShield® Technology

Dk/t: 110, 138 @ -3.00D

Powers: Plano (zero correction) to +6.00D to -6.00D (0.25D steps), -6.00D to -8.00D (-0.50D steps)

Design

Center thickness: 0.08 mm @ -3.00D

Wearing schedule: Daily wear only

Recommended replacement schedule: Monthly

Recommended lens care: OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution or CLEAR CARE® Plus Cleaning & Disinfection Solution

Q: What makes AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses different from FreshLook® Color contact lenses?

Both color contact lens brands share the 3-in-1 Color Technology. However, AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are made of a state-of-the-art silicone hydrogel material that provides advanced breathability*. AIR OPTIX® COLORS also feature exclusive SmartShield® Technology and the unique Aqua moisturizing agent that supports both initial and lasting comfort. AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are the most breathable* color contact lens available, for white, healthy-looking eyes.6

Q: How much do AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses cost?

Please consult your eye care professional to discuss the cost of AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses.

Q: How do I know if AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are right for me?

Ask your eye care practitioner if AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses suit your needs.

Caring For Your Color Contact Lenses
 

Q: How often do I replace color contact lenses and how do I care for them?

AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are for monthly replacement and should be worn for daily wear only. However, replace your AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses monthly with a fresh pair or as prescribed by your eye care professional. When not changing into a fresh pair, remove your contact lenses between uses and properly clean, disinfect and store them with OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution or CLEAR CARE® Plus cleaning and disinfecting solution.

Q: How do I care for my AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses?

Proper contact lens care is important, but not difficult. AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses should be removed and cleaned daily. For best results, we recommend OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution or CLEAR CARE® Plus cleaning and disinfecting solution to care for your AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses. For helpful tips, click on Storing and Cleaning Contact Lenses. Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions section for general information about contact lens care and wear.

*High oxygen transmissible lenses: Dk/t = 138@ -3.00D.

Eye exam may be required before lens trial. Professional fees may apply. One pair of non-corrective AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses for wear in-office only. Offer available at participating offices.

Extended wear for up to 30 continuous nights, as prescribed by an eye care professional.

References

  1. Alcon data on file, 2013.
  2. Nash W, Gabriel M, Mowrey-Mckee M. A comparison of various silicone hydrogel lenses; lipid and protein deposition as a result of daily wear. Optom Vis Sci. 2010;87: E-abstract 105110.
  3. Nash W, Gabriel M. Ex vivo analysis of cholesterol deposition for commercially available silicone hydrogel contact lenses using a fluorometric enzymatic assay. Eye Contact Lens. 2014;40(5):277-282.
  4. Alcon data on file, 2012.
  5. Alcon data on file, 2014.
  6. Based on published manufacturer-provided Dk and thickness values in: Tyler's Quarterly Soft Contact Lens Parameter Guide, June 2016