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A: Absolutely. AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses deliver all-day comfort every day. The patented materials in AIR OPTIX® contact lenses have TriComfort™ Technology to provide breathability and moisture retention while resisting deposits.
A: Although problems can occur, when used as directed, most people can wear contact lenses without complications. Successful contact lens wear depends on following the instructions of your eye care practitioner. Over time, your eyes 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 practitioner is educated, trained, and licensed to examine, diagnose and provide treatment for your eyes and prescribe contact lenses.
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A: Yes. Proper lens care is important, but not difficult. For best results we recommend Clear Care® Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution to care for your AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses. Clear Care® - clinically proven #1 in comfort1,2 - is a one-bottle hydrogen peroxide-based lens care solution that cleans, disinfects and stores soft contact lenses. Visit clearcaresolution.com.
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A: Yes. And the more you use them, the easier it is. Here are some tips for inserting and removing your contact lenses. Read about How to Insert and Remove Your Lenses
A: According to the Vision Council of America, periodic eye examinations are an important part of routine preventive healthcare. Many eye and vision conditions present no obvious symptoms; therefore, individuals are often unaware that a problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for maintaining good vision, and when possible, preventing permanent vision loss.
A: Yes. Wearing contact lenses for sports is a more flexible and stable form of vision correction than eyeglasses. AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses may improve your peripheral vision and may increase your performance and you won't have to worry about your glasses falling off or breaking. Your eye care practitioner can help you determine 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.
A: Both AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses and original O2OPTIX® contact lenses are made of the same material - lotrafilcon A silicone hydrogel. However, AIR OPTIX® AQUA lenses provide additional benefits, like the AQUA Moisture System. The AQUA Moisture System helps lenses start and stay comfortable with a unique moisture agent that binds with the lens surface to create a silky layer for comfort. AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses also offer a blue visibility tint.
A: The AIR OPTIX® contact lens brand is a family of breathable, high performance silicone hydrogel contact lenses from CIBA VISION® Corporation. AIR OPTIX® AQUA, AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM and AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL (lotrafilcon B) contact lenses are FDA 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.¤
A: AIR OPTIX® contact lenses are made of state-of-the-art, patented silicone hydrogel materials. The unique molecular structure of these materials allows the flow of oxygen through the lenses. The lens can move freely on the eye and allows plenty of oxygen through the lens.
A: Oxygen is essential for corneal health. Insufficient oxygen may cause corneal swelling and/or lead to irritated, red eyes and uncomfortable lens wear. AIR OPTIX® breathable lenses offer high oxygen transmissibility.
A: Clear Care® Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution is the recommended product for AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses. We recommend you carefully follow the wear, care and replacement recommendations of your eye care practitioner. Visit clearcaresolutions.com for more information. Multi-purpose solutions, such as AQuify® Multi-Purpose Solution, can also be used with the AIR OPTIX® family of contact lenses.
A: No. AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses are not available in colors at this time. However, CIBA VISION® offers many types of color contact lenses to change, enhance or illuminate eye color. For more information about CIBA VISION® FreshLook® color contact lenses, visit freshlookcontacts.com
A: Yes. Contact lenses are medical devices and must be prescribed and fitted by a licensed eye care practitioner. To find an eye care practitioner in your area, please click here. For a free† trial of AIR OPTIX® brand lenses, please click here.
A: There are six AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses per box.
A: The cost varies by the type of AIR OPTIX® brand contact lens you purchase, so please ask your eye care practitioner. For a free† trial of AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses, please click here.
A: AIR OPTIX® AQUA breathable contact lenses are made from a state-of-the-art material that allows up to 5 times more oxygen through the lens than traditional soft contact lenses1 - for healthy-looking and healthy-feeling eyes. The unique TriComfort™ Technology, which allow the flow of rich, nourishing oxygen, retain moisture and resist deposits, and help provide for outstanding comfort all day, every day.
A: AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses are available in an 8.6mm base curve, in spherical powers ranging from -0.25D to -8.00D, 0.25D steps; -8.50D to -10.00D, 0.50D steps, and -0.25D to -6.00D, 0.25D steps. Your eye care practitioner can determine the lens that's best for you.
A: Astigmatism usually occurs when the front surface of the eye, the cornea, has an irregular curvature. Normally the cornea is smooth and equally curved in all directions and light entering the cornea is focused equally on all planes, or in all directions. In astigmatism, typically the front surface of the cornea is curved more in one direction than in the other. One way to think of this is that with astigmatism, the cornea's shape is more like that of an American football or rugby ball than a basketball. The light passing through the more curved surface comes to a focus before the light passing through the less curved surface. Thus, the light is focused clearly along one plane, but is blurred along the other so only part of an image can be in focus at any time.
A: If you have astigmatism, you should talk to your eye care practitioner about AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses. Try AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses, for better overall constant and stable vision. Additionally, you will have comfort at the end of the day, and white, healthy-looking eyes.
A: With newly expanded parameters, there's an AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM contact lens for almost every astigmatic patient. AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM lenses are offered in a single base curve (8.7mm) in the following parameters:
|Sphere Powers||Cylinder Powers||Axes|
|Plano to -6.00, 0.25D steps||-0.75. -1.25, -1.75, -2.25||Full circle in 10° steps|
|-6.50 to -9.00, 0.50D steps||-1.25, -1.75||90° and 180° +/- 20° in 10° steps|
|-6.50 to -9.00, 0.50D steps||-0.75, -2.25||20°, 90°, 160° and 180°|
|-9.50 and -10.00||-0.75, -1.75, -2.25||20°, 90°, 160° and 180°|
|+0.25 to +6.00, 0.25D steps||-0.75. -1.25, -1.75||90° and 180° +/- 20° in 10° steps|
A: Presbyopia is a condition in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus making it difficult to see objects up close. As we get older, the lenses of our eyes lose some of their elasticity, and with this they lose some of their ability to change focus for different distances. The loss is gradual. Long before we become aware that seeing close up is being more difficult, the lenses in our eyes have begun losing their ability to change shape to help focus light rays. Only when the loss of elasticity impairs our vision to a noticeable degree do we recognize the change. This typically occurs around the age of 40.
A: If you have presbyopia, you should talk to your eye care practitioner about AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses. AIR OPTIX® MULTIFOCAL contact lenses provide a smooth transition from seeing things close-up to far away. Suddenly small print is clear. They have TriComfort™ Technology allows more oxygen through the lens compared to traditional soft contact lenses1, retain moisture and resist deposit build-up.
A: AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses are available in an 8.6mm base curve, in spherical powers ranging from- +6.00 to -10.00, 0.25D steps. Your eye care practitioner can determine the lens that's best for you.
A: AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses are designed to be worn continuously, even while napping and sleeping, as determined by your eye care practitioner. The lenses are FDA approved for daily wear and extended wear for up to 30 nights continuous wear¤, and feature the innovative TriComfort™ Technology allowing more oxygen through the lens compared to traditional soft contact lenses1, retains moisture and resists deposit build-up. And they offer comfort on contact, all day, every day, even overnight. In addition, AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA ultra-breathable, contact lenses offer the most oxygen through the lens of any available soft contact lens.
A: People lead busy lives and may need a contact lens that can keep up with their nonstop lifestyles. AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA ultra-breathable contact lenses offer the freedom to wake up and see comfortably in your lenses, whenever, wherever. These lenses are designed to be worn continuously, even while napping and sleeping, as determined by your eye care practitioner. They are FDA approved for daily wear and extended wear for up to 30 nights of continuous wear¤.
A: AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses are offered in two base curves (8.4mm and 8.6mm) in spherical powers from -6.00D to -8.00D, 0.25D steps and -8.50D to -10.00D, 0.50D steps. Your eye care practitioner can determine the lens that's best for you.
A: Both AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses and original NIGHT & DAY® contact lenses are made of the same material - lotrafilcon A silicone hydrogel. However, AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA lenses provide additional benefits, like the AQUA Moisture System. The AQUA Moisture System which helps lenses start and stay comfortable with a unique moisture agent that binds with the lens surface to create a silky layer for comfort. AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses also offer a blue visibility tint.
A: Yes. AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses are just as breathable as NIGHT & DAY® contact lenses and are made from lotrafilcon A, the same breathable material. AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses allow the most oxygen through the lens of any available soft contact lens.
A: Yes, red eyes can be a sign that the eyes are not receiving enough oxygen. AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses allow the most oxygen though the lens of any available soft contact lens. AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses may help protect you from the signs and symptoms of corneal oxygen deficiency for white, healthy-looking eyes. If you do experience redness, remove your contact lenses and contact your eye care practitioner.
A: AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA breathable contact lenses do not require daily cleaning or disinfection when worn continuously for up to 30 nights§. However, contact lenses removed between replacement times must be cleaned and disinfected before reinsertion. Clear Care® Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution is the recommended product for AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses. We recommend you carefully follow the wear, care and replacement recommendations of your eye care practitioner. Visit clearcaresolutions.com for more information.
A: Yes. You should talk to an eye care practitioner to understand the risks and benefits of each of these options. With the freedom to wear them for up to 30 nights continuously§, AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA breathable contact lenses are a good alternative to LASIK surgery. AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses provide comfortable, around-the-clock, clear vision to allow you to live your life the way you want to, without the risk of surgery.
A: AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA are soft contact lenses made of lotrafilcon A, a fluoro-silicone material that contains about 24% water. This lens material provides a high level of oxygen to your eyes and has been surface treated to wet with your tears.
A: The lenses are worn on the cornea (front part of the eye) and used to correct vision by refocusing light rays onto the retina (back part of the eye).
The lenses may be used to correct nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). They may be prescribed for:
-Daily wear use - worn only while you are awake.
-Extended wear use - worn while you are awake and asleep.
-They may be worn for up to 30 nights (one month) of continuous wear¤ based on how your eyes respond to lens wear and your eye care practitioner's recommendation.
A: Not everyone can reach the maximum wear time of 30 continuous nights. Approximately 80% of wearers are able to wear the lenses for extended wear, and about two-thirds of wearers achieve the full 30 night continuous wearing schedule.
Your eye care practitioner may recommend a shorter wearing time depending on your individual needs, and you should always adhere to his or her recommendations. Once lenses are removed, your eyes should have a rest without lens wear for at least one overnight.
A: While there are many benefits of wearing contacts, sometimes problems can occur and the risk of serious problems is greater when lenses are worn for extended wear. You should carefully discuss the benefits and risks of extended wear lenses with your eye care practitioner.
There is an increased risk of developing a serious ocular infection, such as a corneal ulcer. A corneal ulcer may develop rapidly and cause eye pain, redness or blurry vision as it progresses. If left untreated, a scar, and in rare cases loss of vision, may result.
A one-year post-market study of NIGHT & DAY® contact lenses found that 0.18% (18 out of every 10,000) of wearers developed a severe corneal infection, with 0.04% (4 out of every 10,000) of wearers experiencing a permanent reduction in vision by two or more rows of letters on an eye chart.
Studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of corneal ulcers for those who wear lenses overnight.
A: In clinical trials of NIGHT & DAY® contact lenses, approximately 3-5% of wearers experience at least one episode of infiltrative keratitis, a localized inflammation of the cornea which may be accompanied by mild to severe pain and may require the use of antibiotic eyedrops for up to one week. Other less serious side effects were conjunctivitis and lid irritation or discomfort while wearing the lenses, including dryness of the eye and mild burning or stinging.
A: Your eye care practitioner can tell you about situations or environmental conditions that may be inappropriate for contact lens wear. For example, exposing contact lenses to water during swimming or while in a hot tub may increase the risk of eye infection from microorganisms.
A: Lenses should be replaced every month, as recommended by the eye care practitioner. When removed from your eyes in between replacement times, they should be cleaned and disinfected with a chemical disinfection system (not heat), if not replaced with a new lens. The lenses are sold in multipacks so replacements are at hand.
A: It is essential to see and talk with your eye care practitioner about your eye health and to obtain complete information about AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact lenses. If you have questions, discuss them with your eye care practitioner.
If you want to read more about AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses, ask your eye care practitioner for the patient instruction booklet available from CIBA VISION® or the package insert written for the eye care practitioner.
1Based on the ratio of lens oxygen transmissibilities; CIBA VISION data on file, 2009.
2CIBA VISION data on file, 2006. According to subjective ratings given by silicone hydrogel lens wearers in a clinical study comparing Clear Care® to OPTI-FREE® RepleniSH®, OPTI-FREE® EXPRESS®, COMPLETE® MoisturePLUS™, and ReNu MultiPlus® as a group.
3Dillehay SM, McCarter HE, et al. A comparison of multi-purpose care systems. CL Spectrum. 2002; April:30-36 OPTI-FREE, RepleniSH and EXPRESS are registered trademarks of Alcon, Inc. COMPLETE is a registered trademark and MoisturePLUS is a trademark of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. ReNu MultiPlus is a registered trademark of Bausch & Lomb, Inc.