Air Optix Contact Lenses A breath of fresh air for your eyes
The importance of oxygen flowing over the lens cannot be overstated. Human eyes absolutely need oxygen in the same way the rest of the body does. Traditional contact lenses were very unhealthy in this matter – they let very little air reach the cornea, which in turn led to eye swelling, irritation or even more dramatic effects, especially after an extended period of lens usage. Times change however, and now the technology used in manufacturing lenses allows the production of more and more breathable lenses, like Air Optix contact lenses. The first materials used too achieve this were oxygen-permeable but unfortunately quite rigid. After that, hydrogel lenses were invented – they improved both gas permeability and safety and comfort. The next stage of the evolution of contacts was introduced along with the invention of silicone hydrogel lenses in 1999.
This innovation increased the breathability of the contact lens by up to five times, but the silicone made the lens more hydrophobic – resistant to water. The producer of AIR OPTIX contact lenses handled this problem by implementing a unique surface treatment technology and incorporating innovatively designed materials, which made the lenses very comfortable. Users do not need to worry about eye dryness that has been traditionally associated with lens usage, as Air Optix contact lenses keep eyes constantly hydrated and comfortable. Furthermore, comfort does not diminish during the day as the lenses are deposit-resistant and stay clean and crisp for long hours. As a result, the clarity of vision is maintained at the same, extraordinary level, even when the lenses are being continuously used.
Air Optix contact lenses are produced in several versions:
- AIR OPTIX AQUA contact lenses are highly breathable contacts, recommended especially for active people who need to use lenses for extended periods of time and whose eyes are sensitive and prone to irritation and drying; they are available in an 8.6 base curve, and spherical powers ranging from -0.25 to -8.00 in 0.25 steps; -8.50 to -10.00 in 0.50 steps, and -0.25 to -6.00, in 0.25 steps;
- AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses provide users suffering from astigmatism with the same comfort as experienced by regular lens users. They can be comfortably used by almost all astigmatic patients.
- AIR OPTIX AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses offer a smooth transition between distances and provide the wearers with extremely clear vision even if they would normally have to use two different pairs of glasses for reading and far distances. These lenses are dedicated especially to people over 40 years of age; they are manufactured in an 8.6 base curve, in spherical powers ranging from +6.00 to -10.00, in 0.25 steps. They allow up to six times more oxygen passing through the lens.
- AIR OPTIX NIGHT & DAY AQUA contact lenses have the highest gas permeability rates among contacts available on the market today. This represents a significant improvement especially as far as constant lens usage is concerned. Air Optix Night & Day Aqua are designed for overnight and constant (up to 30 days) use. They are especially dedicated to people leading an active, sporty and irregular lifestyle. They offer high levels of comfort connected with not having to worry about falling asleep with lenses in. For many people this type of contacts are a great alternative for LASIK surgery as they offer similar comfort without the necessity of undergoing surgery and the risks involved. They are offered in two base curves (8.4 and 8.6) and in spherical powers from -6.00 to -8.00 in 0.25 steps and -8.50 to -10.00D in 0.50 steps.
For now, Air Optix contact lenses are not available in colours.