Monday, August 10, 2009

Air Optix Aqua Breathable Contact Lens

I managed to get a free pair of Air Optix contact lens yesterday during their roadshow in Berjaya Times Square. I have been wanting to try this "upgrade" version of contact lenses from their previous one: O2 Optix contact lens, and thank God, I got the opportunity! :)


Well, somehow, after a few months of not wearing contact lenses, my eyes cannot take O2 Optix anymore. I can only wear for few hours before my eyeball become a red irritated eyeball. Hence, I've kept them to occasions like weddings, dinner and special events- interviews... This newer "model" is supposedly made from a better material which is more permeable to allow more oxygen into your eyes.

What is the difference?

My current contact lens: O2Optix

It's O2OPTIX, breathable contact lenses that transmit up to five times more oxygen versus traditional soft contact lenses - for whiter, healthy-looking eyes, no matter how long you wear your lenses each day. They're so breathable, you can nap in them or even sleep in them for up to six nights extended wear

Do take note it is a fortnightly contact lens and not a monthly one. I even called up Ciba Vision to reconfirm this because the optometrist who sold me my first pair of O2 Optix told me they were monthly lenses! (Arghh to think my eye have been overwearing those lenses)

The new Air Optix Aqua

CIBA VISION introduces its latest silicone hydrogel innovation – AIR OPTIX™ AQUA breathable contact lenses*, which deliver an advanced combination of oxygen and moisture for a healthy, natural feeling. The lens also offers excellent initial as well as all-day comfort.

This new lens can be worn up to 4 weeks (according to the website).

Well, I can do a review of it since I've just got myself a pair. Perhaps I'll share with you all when I've tried it later. Meanwhile, here is the picture showing the freebies I got during the roadshow: 1 pair of contact lens, 1 box of Solo Care Aqua multi-purpose solution 60ml and 2 packets of Lid-Care sterile wipes (interesting).

I guess it's really important to remove all the eye makeup carefully or wipe your eyes before you remove your lens too. Will try out the wipes to see if they are just ordinary wipes or more for the sensitive eye lids. This solution comes with a contact lens case inside which is really handy for traveling.

Something to note, there was a free cornea eyetest during the roadshow which needed me to remove my contact lens. A table was provided with mirror, new contact lens case, solution and hand sanitizer for people to remove their contact lens for the test. I used the sanitiser and it irritated my eye! Don't think it's a good idea to expect people to clean their hands like that. In fact, somehow when I put on my lens, it wasn't in place properly and I couldn't find it. After asking the sales assistant around to look into my eye, they insisted I have dropped my lens and pointed to a broken one on the floor....

I shouldn't have believed them and should have believed the annoying feeling in my eye. After few hours; back home.. I discovered my lens somewhere hidden around my eyeball.. :P

Told you, it's still in my eye! Naughty lens!!


Anne Wong said...

Hi Piggi,

How sure are you that O2 Optix is forthnightly contact lenses and not monthly? My optician told me it is monthly too. It is also supported by O2 Optix website:

What is the wear and replacement schedule for O2OPTIX lenses?
O2OPTIX is FDA approved for daily wear and up to six nights of extended wear. The recommended replacement schedule is one month.

Looking forward to your clarification.

PiggiYing said...

Here's a link to a forum which shows confusion of the duration to wear too:

FDA says replace it every 2 weeks.
Ciba vision says replace every 2 weeks (I can't find the US version link anymore)

Best I can share with you from my experience, reduce your wearing time or get dailies (safest).

Don't save a little money and sacrifice your eyes.. You can't just plug in new eyes like Mr Potato, you know.' Hope this helps.