Important Information for AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA (lotrafilcon A) contact lenses:The following basic information about contact lens wear and AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses is provided for you by CIBA VISION®. If you are interested in AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses, please see a licensed eye care practitioner. Based on your individual needs, your eye care practitioner will determine if AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses are right for you and how many days and nights you can wear them.
What are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses?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.
How are AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses used?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.
Can everyone wear AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses for 30 nights of continuous wear?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.
Who should not wear contact lenses?You should not wear contacts if you:
- Have an eye infection or inflammation (redness & 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.
What are the risks of wearing contact lenses for extended wear?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® lenses found that 0.18% (18 out of every 10,000) 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.
What are other possible side effects of extended wear contact lenses?In clinical trials of NIGHT & DAY® 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 eye drops 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.
Are there times when you should not wear contact lenses?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.
How often do I replace the lenses and how do I care for them?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 multi-packs so replacements are at hand.
What are some important things to remember?
- 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 practitioner. 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 practitioner's instructions for lens wear, care and replacement.
- Never wear your lenses for longer periods than prescribed for you.
- See your eye care practitioner for follow-up care and periodic checkups.
What if I have other questions about AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA Soft Contact Lenses?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 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.
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