Q: Are contact lenses comfortable?
Yes. AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses deliver all day comfort on contact, all day, every day. AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses are made with our SmartShield® Technology, which creates an ultra-thin protective layer to help shield your lenses from irritating deposits all month long.1,2
Q: Is wearing contact lenses safe?
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 professional. 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 professional is educated, trained and licensed to examine, diagnose and provide treatment for your eyes and prescribe contact lenses.
Q: Do you offer any free contact lens trials?
Yes! You can get your online certificate for a free† sample of AIR OPTIX® contact lenses. 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® brand contact lens that is right for you. Eye exam may be required before lens trial. Professional fees may apply. Offer available at participating offices. Do not have an eye care professional? Enter your zip code to locate one near you.
Q: Is it OK 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 lenses?
You can ONLY wear your AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde®, AIR OPTIX® AQUA, AIR OPTIX® for Astigmatism,
AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal and AIR OPTIX®
NIGHT & DAY® AQUA for extended wear (24 hours a day, including during sleep), if directed by your eye care professional. Overnight wear of contact lenses has been shown to increase the risk of certain serious contact lens–related complications. Always follow an eye care professional's recommendations for lens wear, care and replacement schedule.
Q: Why are breathable* contact lenses important?
The AIR OPTIX® family of contact lenses are highly breathable* soft contact lenses, with AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses offering the highest breathability3* of any lens available today. Allowing oxygen to pass through the lens helps prevent damage to the cornea and keep eyes healthy.
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: What are the risks and possible side effects of wearing contact lenses for extended periods?
While wearing contacts has many benefits, the risk of serious injury to the eye increases when contact lenses are worn for extended periods of time. For example, there is a risk of developing a serious eye infection and complications, such as a corneal ulcer, which can progress rapidly when left untreated and can lead to an eye scar, or in rare cases, lead to loss of vision. With overnight contact lenses, a localized inflammation of the cornea, which may be accompanied by mild to severe pain, is also possible and may require antibiotic eye drops. Other less serious side effects can include conjunctivitis and lid irritation or discomfort while wearing the contact lenses, including dryness of the eye and mild burning or stinging. For your eye health, it is important that you follow the wearing and replacement schedule as prescribed by your eye care professional. If you wear your lenses too long, you can harm your eyes.
Q: Are there times when you should not wear contact lenses?
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?
While wearing contact lenses your eyes should feel healthy and comfortable, and your vision should be clear.
- If you experience any problems, immediately remove your contact lenses and contact your eye care professional. You should always carry a pair of spectacles as back-up that you can 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. See your eye care professional for follow-up care and periodic checkups.
Q: Why is it important to get regular eye exams?
Regular eye exams help with the periodic monitoring and maintenance of your eye health. 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. Regular eye exams are important to ensure a healthy and safe contact lens wearing experience.