When it comes to contact lenses, choice is a blessing and a curse. The perfect lens for you is out there somewhere, but researching lens after lens can be a pain.
If you're thinking of getting Air Optix Aqua, we've done the research on five reasons they may be the right contacts for you:
Before getting into our list though, lets take a moment to make sure that Air Optix Aqua is the type of lens made for you.
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Air Optix Aqua is a monthly disposable contact lens which can correct nearsightedness or farsightedness. It’s power ranges from +6.00D to -8.00D (0.25D steps), or -8.50D to -10.00D (0.50D steps).
If your eye doctor has given you a prescription to correct either of these vision needs within these parameters, then Air Optix Aqua could be your solution. If you are not sure if your prescription applies to contacts or not, this article about the difference between eyeglass prescriptions and contact lens prescriptions can clear that up.
The Aqua line was first manufactured by Ciba Vision in 2008. The design optimizes oxygen low and moisture maintenance for the eye. Air Optix Aqua has been a frequent recommendation of eye doctors for those with sensitive eyes or discomfort with other brands.
If this lens applies to you, then here are five reasons to consider choosing Air Optix Aqua over other brands.
Different contact lenses are worn for varying periods of time. More specifically, there are three categories of lens disposability: daily, weekly, and monthly. Air Optix Aqua is a monthly disposable lens.
Some lenses should be disposed at the end of the day they are worn. Others only last a week or two. Some are built with enough durability to last a month without risk of damage to your eye.
Being monthly disposable lenses, you can use the same Air Optix Aqua lenses every day for 30 days straight. This durability often makes such lenses very cost effective. Daily wear lenses, on average, cost twice as much.
It is worth noting though that any lens worn for more than a day needs proper care. Fortunately, you’re not the first person to own contacts. There are easy resources for proper cleaning and care which can help you with Air Optix lenses.
Upon their release, a study pitted Air Optix Aqua against another lotrafilicon B lens. The study surveyed comfort levels in the morning, evening, 1-week mark, 2-week mark, etc. In the results, the comfort ratings across the board were “significantly better for AIR OPTIX AQUA.”
Air Optix Aqua has continued to be an alternative to other contacts which receive consistent comfort complaints from consumers.
Howe does the lens get its high standing? It focuses on these factors which are integral to eye comfort:
Compared to older Air Optix models, Aqua reduced its contact angle by 30%. This means that as you blink, there is less interaction between your eyelid and the lens. This means less rubbing and less chance the lens will be knocked out of place.
These other four marks of quality also come from the engineering of the lens, especially through its material and its Smartshield technology. These each deserve a more detailed explanation.
In the past, contact wearers faced a problem which had never come up for glasses wearers. To stay healthy, the eye needs oxygen.
That’s right. Common sense would suggest that air just dries out our eyes. Science has learned otherwise. Our eyes do their own breathing. While the rest of our body relies on blood to carry oxygen, the cornea of our eye draws oxygen, through our tears, directly from the air.
Older materials of contact lenses have struggled to maintain this aspect of eye health. Just like we don’t want to stop airflow to our lungs, we also shouldn’t suffocate our eyes.
Silicone hydrogel is a material which is oxygen permeable. It allows as much as five times as much oxygen to reach the eye as a simple hydrogel lens (an older material used for contact lenses).
Just like the eye needs to be moistened by our tear ducts to absorb oxygen, silicone hydrogel needs to be moist to allow proper oxygen flow. That’s why we soak such lenses in contact solution. When well cared for, this material allows for a maximum of both comfort and health for your eye.
Due to the effectiveness of the material, silicone hydrogel lenses, like Air Optix Aqua, have accounted for the majority of lenses preferred by contact wearers in recent years.
While you can find other silicone hydrogel lenses on the market, only Air Optix lenses have Smartshield technology. This design enhances lens smoothness, wettability, and deposit resistance.
While silicone hydrogel was a brilliant breakthrough for oxygen permeability, it actually serves as a danger to the tear film of our eyes. Our tears have a thin but important oil layer which keeps our eyes moist. Silicone hydrogel can strip this layer away.
Smartshield technology negates this drawback. This engineering feat, developed by Alcon for Air Optix, keeps a layer on the lens which keeps the silicone hydrogel from interacting with the tear lipids. This in turn maintains proper and healthy tear film.
The technique utilizes proprietary plasma surface design. The remarkably thin layer created not only maintains lipid density in the tears, but also can deflect the buildup of deposits.
The smooth and advanced surface of this lens maintains the hydrophilic atmosphere your eye needs. Where other contacts can develop dry spots or lead to infection, Air Optix Aqua mains high levels of wettability and oxygen flow.
In the digital age, the greatest convenience of all is ease of purchase. You can’t just pick up lenses like you pick up your eggs at the supermarket. As a matter of fact, you don’t want to. Our eyes are too important to take lightly.
You could go the traditional route and buy your lenses through a doctor’s office. Many doctors recommend these lenses. Yet, this tends to be the more expensive option and requires all the hassle of scheduling, attending, and paying for an appointment.
Fortunately, there are more convenient ways to acquire Air Optix Aqua lenses and still ensure you are getting the right fit for your life and look.
Simple Contacts offers an array of contact lenses at rates 10-25% lower than other retailers. Air Optix Aqua is no exception (check our offer). You can subscribe to make additional savings or just buy a one-off box. Shipping is always free.
All of the major insurance companies will reimburse lenses bought from Simple Contacts. We have guides to help you with your particular insurance company.
What about renewing your prescription?
Simple Contacts has a team of doctors ready to help you renew your expiring prescription without ever leaving the comfort of your living room.
Compared to your normal $100+ doctor’s visit, Simple Contact’s online eye exam only costs $20.
The test only takes 5 minutes. Within 24 hours, one of our qualified doctors will review your test to make sure your prescribed contacts are still right for you. With your prescription renewed, we can then send your lenses right to your doorstep.
Ready to renew: Online Eye Exam
Have a prescription already: Buy Air Optix Aqua Lenses
Air Optix Aqua is an investment in your vision, your eye health, and your quality of daily life. As you continue to do research (or don’t) to make the best eye decision for you, I encourage you to focus on these perks of Air Optix Aqua:
Concerning that first point, Air Optix Aqua can run for as much as $50 for a box. We have something a step better. This competitive price of $45.00 for a box of six lenses with free shipping does not even require the hassle of rebates.
With six lenses coming in a pack, this purchase covers three months of lens wear. For those who think in annual budgets, that comes to $180 for an entire year of constant wear.
Compared to some daily contact lenses which can cost $900 for a year, many have considered Air Optix Aqua to be an excellent balance of price, quality, and comfort.
Air Optix Aqua Contact Lenses: $45.00/box of 6 lenses.
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