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  • GENERAL CONTACT LENS QUESTIONS
    • Q: Are contact lenses comfortable?

      A: Absolutely. AIR OPTIX® contact lenses deliver all-day comfort every day, until the end of the wearing period. The patented materials in AIR OPTIX® contact lenses have Comfort Technology to provide breathability and moisture retention while resisting deposits.

    • Q: Are contact lenses safe?

      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 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 recommend contact lenses.
      For helpful tips, visit the following:
      How to Remove and Apply Your Lenses
      Easy Tips on Basic Lens Care

    • Q: Is it easy to care for contact lenses?

      A: Yes. Proper lens care is important, but not difficult. For optimal results, we recommend OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® multi-purpose disinfecting solution to care for your AIR OPTIX® contact lenses. OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® cleans, disinfects and provides 16 hours of moist lenses. Visit myalcon.co.uk.
      For helpful tips, Read about Easy Tips on Basic Lens Care

    • Q: I'm nervous about putting something in my eye. Are contact lenses easy to use?

      A: Yes. And the more you use them, the easier it is. For tips for applying and removing your contact lenses. Read How to Apply and Remove Your Lenses

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

      A: 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.

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

      A: Yes. Wearing contact lenses for sports is a more flexible and stable form of vision correction than eyeglasses. AIR OPTIX® 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 professional 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.

    • Q: Do you offer any free** trials?
      A: Yes! You can get your online offer for AIR OPTIX® contact lenses FREE** Trial. After you have printed your offer be sure to take it to an eye care professional in your area who can recommend the AIR OPTIX® lens that's right for you. Don't have an eye care professional?
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  • AIR OPTIX® FAMILY OF CONTACT LENSES
  • AIR OPTIX® AQUA
    • Q: What are AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses?

      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 a healthy, natural feeling. 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 until the end of the wearing period..

    • Q: In what powers are AIR OPTIX AQUA® contact lenses available?

      A: AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses are available in an 8.6mm base curve, in spherical powers ranging from plano 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 professional can determine the lens that's best for you.

  • AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM
    • Q: What is astigmatism?

      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 a rugby ball than a football. 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.

    • Q: What are AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses?

      A: If you have astigmatism, you should talk to your eye care professional 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.

    • Q: In what powers are AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses available?

      A: AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM contact lens are available for almost every patient with astigmatism. AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM lenses are offered in a single base curve (8.7mm) in the following parameters: +6.00D to -6.00D (0.25D steps) -6.50D to -10.00D (0.50D steps). Cylinder powers -0.75, -1.25, -1.75, -2.25. Axis 10°, 20°, 30°, 40°, 50°, 60°, 70°, 80°, 90°, 100°, 110°, 120°, 130°, 140°, 150°, 160°, 170°,180°

  • AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL
    • Q: What is presbyopia?

      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 the year pass by, 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.

    • Q: What are AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses?

      A: If you have presbyopia, you should talk to your eye care professional 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, available in LO ADD (<(upto +1.25D), MED ADD (+1.50D to +2.00D) or HI ADD ( +2.25D to +2.50D) for reading. They have TriComfort Technology allows more oxygen through the lens compared to traditional soft contact lenses1, retain moisture and resist deposit build-up.

    • Q: In what powers are AIR OPTIX AQUA® MULTIFOCAL contact lenses available?

      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 professional can determine the lens that's best for you.

  • AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA
    • Q: What are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses?

      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 professional for up to 30 days. 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.

    • Q: Why are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses designed to be worn while napping and sleeping?

      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 professional. They are FDA and CE approved for daily wear and extended wear for up to 30 nights of continuous wear and come with various powers for reading§.

    • Q: What powers are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses available?

      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 professional can determine the lens that's best for you.

    • Q: What is the difference between AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses and original NIGHT & DAY® contact lenses?

      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 ingredient. The AQUA ingredient 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.

    • Q: Can not getting enough oxygen make your eyes red?

      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 professional.

    • Q: Do AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses require any cleaning or disinfection?

      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. OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® is a recommended product for AIR OPTIX® contact lenses. We recommend you carefully follow the wear, care and replacement recommendations of your eye care professional. Visit wearlenses.com for more information.

    • Q: Are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA breathable contact lenses a good alternative to LASIK surgery?

      A: Yes. You should talk to an eye care professional 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.

    • Q: What are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses?

      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.

    • Q: How are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses used?

      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 professional's recommendation.

    • Q: Can everyone wear AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses for 30 nights of continuous wear?

      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 professional 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 night.

    • Q: Who should not wear contact lenses?
      A: 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 impact lens wear.
      • Have certain types of allergic conditions.
      • Are using certain medications, such as some eye medications.
    • Q: What are the risks of wearing contact lenses for extended wear?

      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.

    • Q: What are other possible side effects of extended wear contact lenses?

      A: In clinical trials of NIGHT & DAY® contact lenses, approximately 3-5% of wearers experience at least one episode of infiltrative keratitis, a localised inflammation of the cornea which may be accompanied by mild to severe pain and may require the use of antibiotic eye drops for up to one week or longer. 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.

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

      A: Your eye care professional 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.

    • Q: How often do I replace the lenses and how do I care for them?

      A: Lenses should be replaced every month, as recommended by your eye care professional. 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.

    • Q: What are some important things to remember?
      A:
      • While wearing contacts your eyes should look well, feel comfortable and vision should be clear.

      • - If you have a problem, immediately remove your lenses and contact your eye care professional. You should always have a pair of spectacles that you are willing to wear if a problem occurs with your contact lenses.
      • Carefully follow your eye care professional instructions for lens wear, care and replacement.

      • - Never wear your lenses for longer periods than recommended for you. See your eye care professional for follow-up care and periodic checkups.
    • Q: What if I have other questions about AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Contact Lenses?

      A: It is essential to see and talk with your eye care professional 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 professional.

      If you want to read more about AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses, ask your eye care professional for the instruction booklet available from ALCON® or the package insert written for the eye care professional.

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1Based on the ratio of lens oxygen transmissibilities; Alcon data on file, 2009.
2Alcon data on file, 2006. According to subjective ratings given by silicone hydrogel lens wearers in a clinical study comparing OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® 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.

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