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    Who can wear contact lenses? Nearly everyone can wear contact lenses! Contact lens technology has rapidly evolved in recent years, just like all forms of technology. Opticians can offer you contact lenses for nearly every type of vision correction: short- and long-sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia, often both in a daily and/or monthly wearing modality. Please reach out to your optician: they will be able to answer all your questions and help you choose the lenses that suit your eyes best.

    Contact lenses are very safe if you use them as indicated by your optician. Remember that good hygiene is important, so please wash and dry your hands thoroughly before you apply and remove your lenses.

     

    You need to ensure that your hands are thoroughly washed and dried. Place the contact lens on your forefinger. Pull down the lower lid with the middle or ring finger on the same hand, while using your other hand to hold the upper lid firmly open. Look directly at the contact lens or in a mirror, then place the lens directly on the centre of your eye. After positioning the contact lens, slowly let go of the lower, then the upper eyelid. Blink, then the contact lens should be in place.

     

    Contacts are designed to stay in position perfectly. As long as you have had a professional contact fitting, you shouldn't have any problems.

     

    It’s normal for your vision to change over time and over the decades. Please consult your optician to have your eyes checked regularly. A yearly check-up is recommended.

     

    Yes, your contact lenses should feel comfortable in your eyes. Your optician will measure your eye and recommend the correct type of lens. You can also see what other wearers say about wearing contact lenses. If you experience discomfort, please see your optician.

    Presbyopia is a natural condition that impacts all of us and makes it harder to see and read things close-up. Over time, our eyes lose some of their elasticity. With this, they lose some of their ability to change focus for different distances. The loss is gradual. Contact lenses are now becoming a popular choice for presbyopia.

     

    Astigmatism is a common and usually minor eye condition that causes blurred, distorted or ‘fuzzy’ vision. It usually occurs when the cornea isn't a perfectly curved shape. The more irregularity in the eye, the more likely you are to need corrective lenses to help you focus better.

     

     

     

     

    Generally speaking, there are several different types of contact lenses. We know it can be a little confusing to learn ‘lens lingo’, so we created a simple list below that explains it. Please note that your optician will determine which lens is right for you.

     

    Daily disposable contact lenses

    This type of lens is designed for one-time use. They are perfect for everyday or occasional use, for sport, work or play. They are ideal for new or occasional wearers, and are a good complement to glasses.

     

    Monthly disposable contact lenses

    This type of lens is designed for up to one month of wear. They are ideal for people who prefer a glasses-free look, and want to wear them every day. They must be removed and cleaned after each wear.

     

    Astigmatic contact lenses

    This type of lens is for people with astigmatism, a condition where sight is blurred or distorted. Toric lenses come as either daily or monthly disposables.

     

    Multifocal contact lenses

    Presbyopia is a natural condition that impacts all of us and makes it harder to see and read things close-up. Over time, our eyes lose some of their elasticity. With this, they lose some of their ability to change focus for different distances. The loss is gradual. Contact lenses are now becoming a popular choice for presbyopia.

     

    Coloured Contact Lenses

    This type of lens is for both prescription and aesthetic use. They are used to change or enhance the wearer’s natural eye colour, and are ideal for changing up your look.

     

    Please note that this overview is provided for informational purposes only and is not an exhaustive list. Please consult your optician to determine the correct lens for your needs

     

     

    Contact lenses work in a similar way to glasses. Both forms of vision correction alter the direction of light rays to correctly focus light on the retina. Contact lenses correct your vision in a few ways. They correct myopia – or short-sightedness – by using a concave ‘minus powered’ lens. Similarly, they correct hyperopia – or long-sightedness – with a convex ‘plus powered’ lens. When either type of lens is placed in front of the eye, it moves the image back to the retina and clarifies it, which gives the wearer clear vision. There are two other commonly-occurring conditions – astigmatism and presbyopia. Contact lenses correct astigmatism by using different correctional powers across the meridians of the lens. And for people with presbyopia, multifocal lenses are used to correct vision across many different lens powers, in order to see objects at all distances.

     

    It’s easy – simply follow these steps:

     

    • Before you begin; always be sure to wash and thoroughly dry your hands with a clean, lint free towel.
    • Peel off the foil from the blister and pour the lens into the palm of your hand.
    • Then take a closer look and ensure the lens is shaped with a perfectly round edge. If that it has a flared edge, it’s inside out. Flip it over.
    • Place the contact lens on the tip of your index finger. Using your free hand’s middle finger, pull the upper eye lid upwards, take the opposite hand’s middle finger, and slowly pull the lower eye lid downwards. Gently slide the contact lens onto the centre of your eye. Let go of your eye lid, blink, and open your eyes.
    • And that’s it! You’re ready to go.

     

     

    It’s easy – simply follow these steps:

     

    • Wash and completely dry your hands with a lint free towel.
    • Look in a mirror, hold your upper eyelid open.
    • Use the middle finger of your other hand to hold down the lower lid, and look up.
    • Place the tip of your index finger on the contact lens, and slide it down to the lower part of your eye.
    • Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
    • Repeat for your other eye.

     

     

    Contact lenses do not change your appearance, you can just stay you. Lenses allow for a wider view, they are very convenient for sports and other physical activities. Plus you can wear them with the latest fashion sunglasses.

    However, lens wearers typically do keep a pair of glasses around. So in case you’ve already taken out your lenses after a long day, you can still see.

     

    This comes down to the individual. Contact lenses have been a popular alternative to glasses for decades. Moreover, there have been massive strides in contact lens technology in recent years. The risk of contact lens-related eye damage is very low, as long as you follow your eye care professional's advice and recommendations.

     

    This is a common question before people try contact lenses for the first time. The fear is understandable because it may be related to a natural human reluctance to touch the surface of one’s eye. After learning how to correctly apply and remove their lenses, most people find it's comfortable and easy to do so. However, we always advise you to contact your eye care professional for advice if you experience discomfort.

     

    The materials used depend on the type of contact lens. Some soft contacts are made of hydrophilic ‘water-loving’ polymers called hydrogels. Others are made from newer silicone hydrogel, which permit a high amount of oxygen to travel through the lens.

     

    Contacts are designed to stay in position perfectly. As long as you have had a professional contact fitting, you shouldn't have any problems.

     

    Yes, your contact lenses should feel comfortable in your eyes. Your optician will measure your eye and recommend the correct type of lens. You can also see what other wearers say about wearing contact lenses. If you experience discomfort, please see your optician.

    There may be times when glasses may be more convenient than contact lenses. You may prefer to wear contact lenses to work, or when you read or watch TV at home. You may want to play ball, water or contact sports without feeling encumbered by glasses. Or you may just prefer to have a glasses-free look for aesthetic reasons, so you always look and feel like yourself.
    If you are wearing contact lenses, we recommend to have a spare pair of up to date glasses too.

     

    The contact lenses you would need depend on which vision correction you have. The most common vision corrections are near- and farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Finding the type of contact lens that suits your eyes and lifestyle is crucial for both your comfort and eye health. So please visit your eye care professional. He will give you all the information you need.

     

    If you are planning to wear contact lenses for the first time, don't be nervous. Whether you opt for daily disposable lenses or a monthly replacement schedule, contact lenses should feel comfortable, safe and easy to use. Trust your optician. They will give you all the advice you need on what to expect, how to wear and, how to care for contact lenses.

     

    Trust the expert! Our number one piece of advice to any contact lens novice is visit an eye care professional. You can buy lenses practically everywhere nowadays, but we strongly recommend sitting down with an eye care professional to get their advice on wearing lenses. In fact, 9.000+ are registered on our site throughout Europe – and possibly someone just around the corner from you.

     

    This depends upon the modality you are wearing. Daily disposable contact lenses are developed to last from application in the morning until removal in the mid to late evening. Monthly contact lenses should be worn for a maximum of 1 month. In all cases, we advise wearers to carefully follow the recommendations as advised by your eye care professional.

     

    Contact lenses should feel comfortable, safe and easy to use. If you have sensitive eyes it is important to consult your eye care professional. You can trust him. He will give you all the advice you need on if and how you can wear contact lenses.

     

    Contact lenses should feel comfortable, safe and easy to use. If you have dry eyes it is important to consult your optician. You can trust them. They will give you all the advice you need on if and how you can wear contact lenses.

     

     

    Always follow the recommendations as advised by your eye care professional. He’s the expert and can tell you the tips and tricks on how to wear contact lenses correctly. Just a couple of things:

     

    • Make sure to apply and remove contact lenses properly
    • Do not overuse your lenses: daily lenses are designed to wear once, monthlies for one month.
    • For daily contact lenses, there is no before or after care required. You simply apply them in the morning and dispose of them in the evening. Monthly contact lenses need to be cleaned after wearing with a contact lens care solution, and stored in a contact lens case.
    • Visit your eye care professional regularly. A yearly check-up is recommended
    • Speak to your eye care professional should you experience discomfort
    • Do not sleep in lenses unless you are wearing lenses that are designed for that.
    • It is always best to remove your lenses before swimming. If you do swim with your contact lenses in, wear proper eye protection. For example, a pair of goggles. After swimming, your lenses should be taken out and disposed of. If you have any problems after swimming, contact your eye care professional as soon as possible.

     

    Please always consult the instructions for use related to the contact lenses you are wearing currently.

     

     

    DAILIES SPECIFIC

      Daily disposable contact lenses are designed to be worn once. They are usually sold in packs of 30 or 90 lenses. Each lens comes in an individual small blister pack. Daily disposable contact lenses are simply applied in the morning, then taken out at the end of the day and disposed.

       

      Daily disposable contact lenses are developed to last from application in the morning until removal in the mid to late evening. We advise wearers to carefully follow the recommendations provided by your optician.

       

      There is no before or after care required. You simply apply them in the morning, then dispose of them in the evening.

       

      Daily disposable multifocal contact lenses are the same as regular daily contact lenses, but with one key difference – they are contact lenses for people with presbyopia. They are designed so that the wearer can see sharply for things near, intermediate and far away.4

       

      Daily disposable toric contact lenses are the same as regular daily contact lenses, but with one key difference – they are contact lenses for astigmatism. In general, people with astigmatism sometimes experience blurred or distorted vision. This is due to an irregularly-shaped cornea ¬– the more irregularity, the more likely you are to need corrective lenses to help you focus light rays better.

       

      MONTHLIES SPECIFIC

        Monthly contact lenses are designed to be worn daily for up to one month. They are usually sold in a pack of 3 or 6 lenses. Each lens comes in an individual small blister pack. You remove the lens from the pack, apply it to your eye, wear them throughout the day, remove them in the evening and clean them. Some monthly contact lenses, like AIR OPTIX® NIGHT&DAY® AQUA are also suited for continuous wear; you can wear them for up to 30 days and nights without removing them†† . You should always check with your optician to check you are suitable for these lenses.

         

        As the name suggests, monthly contact lenses should be worn for a maximum of 1 month. In all cases, we advise wearers to carefully follow the recommendations as advised by your optician.

         

        Monthly contact lenses need to be cleaned after wearing with a contact lens care solution, and stored in a contact lens case.

         

        Monthly multifocal contact lenses are the same as monthly contact lenses, but with one key difference: they are contact lenses for people with presbyopia. They are designed so that wearers have clear near, intermediate and far vision.

         

        Monthly toric contact lenses are the same as regular monthly contact lenses, but with one key difference: they are contact lenses for people with astigmatism. Astigmatism is a refractive error in which light is not evenly focused by the eye on the retina. That results in blurred vision. Your symptoms may remain unnoticeable and undetected if you have a mild astigmatism.

         

        MORE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

          AIR OPTIX® NIGHT&DAY® AQUA Contact Lens are a type of contact lens that you can wear continuously for up to 30 days††, even whilst sleeping. They are made of a highly breathable material for maximum oxygen flow***. It is important to check with your optician that these lenses are suitable for your eyes before wearing them overnight.

           

          It is always best to remove your contact lenses before swimming. If you do swim with your contact lenses in, wear proper eye protection. For example, a pair of goggles. After swimming, your lenses should be taken out and disposed of. If you have any problems after swimming, contact your eye care professional as soon as possible.

          Please always consult the instructions for use related to the contact lenses you are wearing currently.

           

          Yes, if you play a lot of sport, then wearing contact lenses may be right for you. Contact lenses can give you freedom from of the challenges of wearing glasses. They also give you clear peripheral vision, which increases your field of vision when playing sports.

           

          Contact lenses are generally very comfortable. If the lens is correctly fitted, then it should not create discomfort. Your eye care professional will recommend the best form of vision correction for you.

           

          The good news is almost everyone can wear contact lenses. Ask your eye care professional! They are the most qualified people to look at your eyes and offer personalised advice. You can also take a quick test here before your visit your eye care professional.

           

          Daily disposable contact lenses do not require any cleaning; simply apply them in the morning, then remove them at night and dispose of them. However, monthly contact lenses do require cleaning. The entire process usually takes very little time. Your eye care professional will help you to select a contact lens care solution which best fits your needs.

           

          You do not use contact lens care solutions for daily contact lenses, only for monthlies. You usually use solution with your monthly contact lenses for two reasons. The first is to clean and disinfect them after use. The second is to store your contact lenses overnight.

           

          Contact lenses are very safe if you use them as indicated by your eye care professional. Remember that good hygiene is important so please wash and dry your hands thoroughly before you apply and remove your lenses.

           

          You must only wear contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional, and never wear them beyond the recommended period of use.

           

          Contact lenses and glasses are complimentary forms of vision correction.

           

          There may be times when glasses may be more convenient than contact lenses. You may prefer to wear contact lenses to work, or when you read or watch TV at home. You may want to play ball, water or contact sports without feeling encumbered by glasses. Or you may just prefer to have a glasses-free look for aesthetic reasons, so you always look and feel like yourself.
          If you opt for contact lenses as your primary vision correction, we recommend having a pair of glasses for times that you are not wearing contact lenses.

           

          If you do not wish to clean your lenses, then daily disposable lenses may be a better option for you. However, monthly lenses must be cleaned as directed by your eye care professional, otherwise you run the risk of eye issues. Again, please talk to your eye care professional for their expert advice.

           

          This depends on the type of contact lens that you are using. For example, AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Contact Lenses are lenses specially designed to be worn continuously up to 30 days. Please ask your eye care professional for more information.

           

          Please always stick to the recommendations by your eye car professional.

           

          This is up to you to decide and investigate in consultation with your eye care professional.

           

          There is no real age limit when using contact lenses. It is all about whether the individual can take responsibility for the wear and care of the contact lens, rather than age being a factor. Please consult your eye care professional for advice.

           

          MORE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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

             

            Yes. Contact lenses are medical devices that should be fitted by an optician, even for people who do not need vision correction. AIR OPTIX® COLORS Color Studio offers a virtual try-on experience with different colour contact lenses available to try on, making it an easy way to find the colour that best fits you. Use our store locator to find an optician near you.

             

             

            Both colour contact lens brands share the 3-in-1 Color Technology. However, AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are made of a 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 comfort13. AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are the most breathable colour contact lens available, for white, healthy-looking eyes28.

             

            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 AOSEPT plus HydraGlyde cleaning and disinfecting solution to care for your AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses.

             

            FRESHLOOK® COLOR CONTACT LENSES

              FreshLook® are coloured contact lenses designed to enhance or transform dark or light eyes, with a completely natural effect, and come with or without vision correction. You can experience a new look that can be subtle or vibrant.

               

              With FreshLook® colour contact lenses, you have the choice of daily or monthly contact lenses. Use our store locator to find an optician near you.

              Coloured daily disposable contact lenses are designed to be worn once. Each lens comes in an individual small blister pack. Daily disposable contact lenses are simply applied in the morning, then taken out at the end of the day and disposed.

              Monthly contact lenses are designed to be worn daily for one month. Each lens comes in an individual small blister pack. You remove the lens from the pack, apply it to your eye, wear them throughout the day, remove them in the evening and clean them.

               

               

              Yes. Contact lenses are medical devices that should be fitted by an optician, even for people who do not need vision correction.

               

              Both colour contact lens brands share the 3-in-1 Color Technology. However, AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are made of a 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 colour contact lens available.

               

              Proper contact lens care is important, but not difficult. FreshLook® monthly coloured contact lenses should be removed and cleaned daily. For best results, we recommend OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution or AOSEPT plus HydraGlyde cleaning and disinfecting solution to care for your FreshLook® contact lenses.

               

              DAILIES TOTAL1® WATER GARDIENT CONTACT LENSES

                There are several possible reasons why your contact lenses might not feel comfortable any more. We recommend that you talk to your eye care professional to inquire about alternative possibilities.

                 

                 

                DAILIES TOTAL1® are Water Gradient contact lenses. They are designed to gradually increase in water content from the core to the surface3. This innovative material delivers less water at the core allowing more oxygen to pass through to the eye4++ and a greater water content at the lens surface1. With their Water Gradient material, DAILIES TOTAL1® contact lenses approach 100 % water at the very outer surface1. This means all that touches your eye is a cushion of moisture1. Nearly 9 out of 10 wearers agree that DAILIES TOTAL1® contact lenses are so comfortable they feel like nothing.1,2

                 

                 

                 

                CONTACT LENS SOLUTION

                  This can be different depending on the solution you are using.

                  For using OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® , it is really 5 easy steps:

                   

                  1. Fill in the empty lens case with solution.
                  2. Wet each side of the lens with the solution.
                  3. Rub each lens for 20 seconds with your finger.
                  4. Rinse each side of the lens for 10 seconds with a steady stream of solution.
                  5. Place lenses in the case, tighten the lids and wait overnight or at least six hours. Empty your lens case every day.

                  If your eye care professional has recommended to use AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGlyde®, then these are the steps to follow:

                   

                  1. RINSE Place your contact lenses in the lens holders, close the cover and rinse with AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGlyde® for five seconds.

                  2. FILL Fill the lens case with AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGylde® to the indicator line. Place the contact lenses in the case, and twist to close securely.

                  3. SOAK for 6 hours Store contact lenses in lens case for at least six hours or overnight. AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGlyde® needs time to clean, disinfect and neutralize to a gentle saline solution. Please never put AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGlyde® in or around your eyes, or rinse your lenses with the solution prior to insertion.

                   

                  No. if you are wearing daily disposable contact lenses, you do not need lens care solution.

                   

                  Contact lens care solutions have different properties, so it is always best to ask your optician for advice.

                   

                  Contact lens care solutions are designed to clean and disinfect contact lenses. If you are wearing daily disposable contact lenses, you do not need to use them. But if you are wearing other types of contact lenses, using a contact lens solution is a must.

                   

                  No. Saline solution is only meant to rinse your contact lenses, not clean and disinfect them.