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health / frequently asked questions

Are all progressive lenses alike?

No. Some products are more advanced and others offer more basic correction. Older generation progressive lenses provide a very generic and imprecise solution to your visual needs.

When you consider that 80% of the information we receive comes to us through our eyes, it is worth using a more advanced and complete product, such as Varilux, the world leader in progressive lenses. They are the ones with the most technology and innovation behind them, making them the most sophisticated and complete lenses on the market.

To meet each individual’s visual needs, Essilor has developed a line of customised progressive lenses.

What treatments are available?

Anti-reflective, toughened, dirt- and impact-resistant… Varilux progressive lenses are manufactured according to wearers’ requirements to ensure total visual comfort. They are also available as sunglasses and in photochromic materials, which get darker or lighter depending on light intensity.

Do I need two pairs of glasses to correct presbyopia?

No. The most convenient way to correct presbyopia is with a single pair of glasses with progressive lenses to see at all distances.

If you want to use two pairs of glasses, one would be for seeing at a distance, if you have myopia or astigmatism, and another for close vision. This solution is less convenient.

When should I replace my glasses?

You should change progressive lenses as soon as you have difficulty in seeing. On average, corrective lenses should be changed every two years. And don’t forget that you should have your eyes checked every year.

If they are properly looked after, contact lenses are a practical, comfortable and healthy option for correcting eyesight. Whether you are a new contact lens wearer or have been using them for years, the following advice will help you enjoy the benefits of your lenses.

Ongoing professional care

For your own safety, CIBA VISION recommends that you seek the advice of a qualified eye care practitioner before beginning to use contact lenses. Indeed, in most countries the fitting of contact lenses can only be carried out by eye care practitioners, and lenses cannot be sold in places like service stations, perfume shops or street markets, without the supervision of a specialist. Only a eye care practitioner has the necessary education and training to examine you and fit lenses to your eyes properly. By visiting a specialist you ensure that you will be prescribed contact lenses suitable for your eyes and your personal vision correction needs, and will receive advice on how to look after them properly.

  Moreover, appropriate follow-up by a eye care practitioner is essential to ensure lifelong eye health. Both eyes and lenses can often change over time without symptoms or warning signs, exposing you to the risk of developing possible serious complications, including loss of vision. Regular attention from a eye care practitioner will help you ensure good eyesight and excellent eye health throughout life. Consult your specialist to obtain information on the recommended schedule of visits, which is generally between 6 and 12 months.

Following a wearing schedule

Different types of lens are designed for different wearing schedules. Whilst some lenses may potentially be worn for a week or a month of continuous use, others are intended to be removed every day.

To protect eyes from serious complications it is important that you follow the wearing schedule recommended by your eye care specialist. If you have any doubts about the appropriate wearing schedule for your lenses, consult your eye care practitioner.

Inserting and removing lenses

It is important that you wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly every time you are going to handle your lenses. Good hygiene helps to eliminate germs that may cause eye infections, especially among smokers.

Never place a lens in an eye that is red, irritated or painful. In such cases you should immediately contact your eye care practitioner before continuing to wear the lens.

Care of lenses

Depending on the type of lens you use, there are various options for cleaning and disinfecting them. Some lenses, such as daily-use disposable lenses, for example, require little or no maintenance, as they are thrown away after each use. However, if you use contact lenses that your eye care practitioner has recommended you to put in and take out every day, you must clean and disinfect them after each use. Proper care of your lenses helps to keep them clean so that they are comfortable to use. Your eye care practitioner can help you to decide which contact lens solutions are best for you.

Any problems?

If you experience problems with your contact lenses, remove them and consult your eye care practitioner immediately. Discomfort can be an early sign of a more serious complication, and prompt treatment can have a significant effect in overcoming future problems.

Want an alternative to laser surgery?
Tired of wearing bifocal lenses?
Do your eyes often look red or irritated?
Do you often have to take your contact lenses out sooner than you would like?
Would you like to wear new contact lenses every day?
Want to change, enhance or illuminate your eye colour?
Want contact lenses you can sleep in?
Do you play sports?
Do you have ocular allergies?
Do you have astigmatism?

Thinking of laser surgery?

Many individuals who need glasses look to laser surgery to correct their vision problems. Eager to get rid of their glasses, many people rush into the decision to have laser surgery without considering other alternatives.

You now have more choices than ever before for sharp, accurate vision.

CIBA VISION is a leader in developing leading-edge technologies for soft contact lenses. Our most advanced products include:

AIR OPTIX™. A breathable contact lens that transmits 5 times more oxygen than traditional soft contact lenses, for whiter, healthier-looking eyes, no matter how long you wear them each day.

* Also approved by the FDA for overnight wear for up to six nights.

AIR OPTIX™AQUA. An advanced combination of moisture and oxygen that offers comfort on insertion, all day and every day.

AIR OPTIX™ for Astigmatism. A monthly lens to correct astigmatism with high oxygen transmission (up to 7 times more than traditional hydrogel lenses), helping to keep your eyes less red and healthier.

AIR OPTIX™ NIGHT & DAY®. A revolutionary contact lens that is FDA approved for up to 30 days and 30 nights of continuous wear. These lenses allow up to six times more oxygen to reach your eyes than traditional soft contact lenses.

They’re so comfortable, you’ll forget you’re wearing them. Plus you’ll see clearly all the time, even when you get up in the middle of the night. If you wear them continuously for the full 30 day-and-night period, say goodbye to cleaning and daily lens care products.

Focus® DAILIES® with AquaComfort™. A daily disposable soft contact lens that provides the ultimate solution for individuals who want great vision without sacrificing comfort. With Focus® DAILIES® you replace your lenses each day, so you no longer need to worry about daily lens care. Our unique Lightstream technology gives you a smooth, clean, precise lens edge for excellent eye comfort. They’re an ideal option for people with ocular allergies, because one-day use reduces the chance of a build-up of pollen and other deposits. They correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia or age-related longsightedness.

DAILIES® AquaComfort™ PLUS. Daily replacement disposable contact lenses featuring the unique Triple Action Moisture technology, guaranteeing excellent comfort all day. No liquids needed for lens care. They correct myopia and hyperopia.

Tired of wearing bifocal lenses?

Hold the book up close to your eyes and the words look blurred. Move the book away and you can see the words clearly again.

This is how most of us first realise we have an eyesight problem, a disorder that eye care practitioner call “presbyopia”, a name derived from Greek meaning “old eye”. Eyestrain or headaches when working at close distances, such as when sewing, knitting or painting, are also frequent symptoms of presbyopia.

Because of its association with age, people tend to show signs of disapproval when they are told they are suffering from it, as it seems inevitable that they will have to wear bifocal or reading glasses.

Until recently, this was true. Nowadays, however, Focus® Progressives® soft contact lenses from CIBA VISION offer people with presbyopia sharp, comfortable vision at any distance and without the inconvenience, vision jumps and distortions typical of bifocal or reading glasses. Also available from CIBA VISION are Focus® DAILIES® Progressives with AquaComfort™, the first daily disposable contact lenses for wearers who need bifocals.

Do your eyes often look red or irritated?

Do you often have to take your contact lenses out sooner than you would like?

Eyes need oxygen to be healthy and provide comfortable vision.

But soft contact lenses create a barrier to the natural flow of oxygen between the eyes and the air around them. Without sufficient oxygen you may experience symptoms such as discomfort at the end of the day, irritation, dryness and redness. In the long term, a lack of oxygen can even cause complications.

AIR OPTIX™, AIR OPTIX™ AQUA and AIR OPTIX™ NIGHT & DAY are manufactured using a revolutionary silicone hydrogel technology which allows higher oxygen transmission to the eye than traditional soft contact lenses.  

AIR OPTIX™. A breathable contact lens that transmits 5 times more oxygen than traditional soft contact lenses, for whiter, healthier-looking eyes, no matter how long you wear your lenses each day.*

AIR OPTIX™ AQUA. An advanced combination of the natural elements of moisture and oxygen for a healthy, natural feeling.

AIR OPTIX™ for Astigmatism. A monthly lens to correct astigmatism with high oxygen transmission (up to 7 times more than traditional hydrogel lenses), helping to keep your eyes less red and healthier.

AIR OPTIX™ NIGHT & DAY is a contact lens approved by the FDA for up to 30 days and 30 nights of continuous wear. These lenses allow up to six times more oxygen to reach your eyes than traditional soft contact lenses.

Would you like to wear new contact lenses every day?

Focus® DAILIES® with AquaComfort™ are daily disposable soft contact lenses that provide the ultimate solution for individuals who want great vision without sacrificing comfort. With Focus® DAILIES® you replace your lenses each day, so you no longer need to worry about daily lens care. Our unique Lightstream technology gives you a smooth, clean, precise lens edge for excellent eye comfort. They’re an ideal option for people with ocular allergies, because one-day use reduces the chance of a build-up of pollen and other deposits.

DAILIES® AquaComfort™ PLUS. Daily replacement disposable contact lenses, for lens wearers who expect a high level of comfort, featuring the unique Triple Action Moisture technology, guaranteeing excellent comfort all day. No liquids needed for lens care. They correct myopia and hyperopia.

Want to change, enhance or illuminate your eye colour?

For dark or light eyes. Even if your vision is perfect. Even if you have astigmatism.

FreshLook® One Day
A daily coloured contact lens from CIBA VISION. The perfect combination of the ease of use of daily lenses and the three-in-one technology of FreshLook® Colorblends.

FreshLook® ColorBlend
For a subtle change and a beautiful look. “Three-in-one” technology blends three colours into one. FreshLook® Radiance illuminates your eyes without changing colour. A pearlescent effect brightens and adds sparkle to your look.

FreshLook® Dimensions
Enhances and defines your eye colour. Natural-looking transparent hues give your eye greater depth and dimension.

Want contact lenses you can sleep in?

AIR OPTIX™ is a breathable contact lens that transmits up to 5 times more oxygen than traditional soft contact lenses, for whiter, healthier-looking eyes, no matter how long you wear your lenses each day.* Also approved by the FDA for overnight wear for up to six nights.

AIR OPTIX™ NIGHT & DAY is a revolutionary contact lens that is FDA approved for up to 30 days and 30 nights of continuous wear. These lenses provide up to six times more oxygen through the lens than traditional soft contact lenses. They’re so comfortable, you’ll forget you’re wearing them. Plus you’ll see clearly all the time, even when you get up in the middle of the night. If you wear them continuously for the full 30 day-and-night period, say goodbye to cleaning and daily lens care products.

Do you play sports?

When you’re training outside in the sun, whether you’re hitting a tennis ball, playing football or running on an athletics track, you shouldn’t have to worry about your glasses.

Glasses may help you to see clearly, but they also have a tendency to break or shift position, they can easily fog up on humid days and may cause a distracting glare, as well as being an extra nuisance when the sweat is running down your face.

Have you ever thought about using contact lenses for sports? Contact lenses provide athletes with the stable, sharp vision they need when out on the playing field, tennis court, track, etc. And they are not affected by humidity, extra sweating and constant jostling that continually plague glasses wearers when playing sports.

  • Contact lenses do not fog up.
  • Contact lenses won’t slide down your nose at that critical moment in the match.
  • Contact lenses will give you vision free from the glare you may experience with glasses.

Best of all, contact lenses give wearers a more natural vision correction. And as any sports enthusiast knows, contacts provide unobstructed peripheral vision, resulting in optimum sports performance.

The following types of contact lenses are specifically recommended for sports enthusiasts:

DAILIES® with AquaComfort™ and AquaComfort™ PLUS
These daily disposable lenses provide ideal flexibility and convenience for on-the-go athletes. You change these contact lenses daily, so just insert a fresh pair before heading out to play to achieve the best vision performance.

If you happen to lose a pair in the recesses of your sports bag, or a lens accidentally falls onto the grimy changing room floor, don’t worry: Focus® DAILIES® are daily lenses, so all you have to do is take an extra pair with you.

Even if you want to keep wearing your glasses most of the time, you can still use a new pair of Focus® DAILIES® whenever you’re going to do any sports activity.

They correct myopia (shortsightedness), hyperopia (longsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia or age-related longsightedness

Precision UV® **
UV rays that reach the earth’s surface don’t just damage your skin but also your eyes. People who spend a lot of time outdoors are at greater risk of excessive UV exposure.

Protect your eyes with the UV-absorbing technology of Precision UV® contact lenses, which absorb approximately 90% of the harmful UV rays that reach your eyes.

Combining Precision UV® contact lenses with protective sunglasses offers you maximum protection when you’re out on the playing field, tennis court, golf course, etc.

Focus® Progressives and Focus® DAILIES® Progressives with AquaComfort™ help you see at short, medium and long distance. You don’t need to be 25 and in peak condition to enjoy playing sports. Focus® Progressives lenses, aimed at people over 40 who lead a highly active life, offer optimum vision for those who still enjoy participating in outdoor sports.

Whether you have difficulty seeing close up or at a distance, Focus® Progressives are the finest quality solution to your vision problems. These contact lenses help you see at any distance: short, medium or long.

Best of all, Focus® Progressives are a practical solution available in both frequent replacement and daily disposable form. Daily disposable Focus® DAILIES® Progressives with AquaComfort™ even enable you to insert a new pair of lenses every time you want to play your favourite sport.

Do you have ocular allergies?

Keep wearing your contact lenses, even with allergies or hay fever

Allergy season is a real challenge, especially if you wear contact lenses. Whatever the cause, seasonal allergies irritate your eyes and make them hypersensitive. Ordinary soft contact lenses may make them feel even worse. Instead of reaching for your glasses out of frustration, ask your eye care practitioner about Focus® DAILIES®, the daily disposable soft contact lenses from CIBA VISION that will enable you to wear new, clean lenses every day.

Do you have astigmatism?

Astigmatism is very common. It occurs when the cornea, the front surface of the eye, has an irregular curvature that results in blurred vision at any distance. Thanks to innovative technology in contact lenses, astigmatism no longer limits your ability to wear contact lenses.

CIBA VISION offers many types of contact lenses for the correction of astigmatism, including Focus® Toric and Focus® DAILIES® Toric with AquaComfort™, Weicon CE Toric and Durasoft 2 Optifit. With a wide range to choose from, there is a toric lens available for almost any preference in contact lenses, whether you are looking for disposable lenses or for lenses that change your eye colour.

* Please consult your eye care professional about recommended wearing schedules.

**Warning: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for specific protective eyewear, such as sunglasses with UV filter, because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use specific eyewear to protect you from UV rays, as directed.

NOTE: Long-term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure depends on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (scope and nature of outdoor activities). UV-absorbing contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-absorbing contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information.

Important information about AIR OPTIX™

High oxygen transmissible lenses, Dk/t = 138 @ –3.00D. Other factors may affect eye health.

For daily/extended wear up to 6 nights for myopia and hyperopia (shortsightedness and longsightedness).

The risk of serious eye problems (such as corneal ulcers) is greater with extended wear. In rare cases loss of vision may result.

Side effects such as discomfort, mild stinging or itching may occur.

Presbyopia is a natural evolution of eyesight due to decreased elasticity of the crystalline lens. This visual deficiency is characterised by signs that appear around the age of 40: blurred close-up vision, need to hold objects further away to see them, need for additional light.

What solutions can help to correct presbyopia?

Presbyopia (age-related longsightedness) can be corrected by optical means (progressive spectacle lenses or contact lenses) or surgery (laser or implants).

Lenses for seeing close-up do exist, but they have a limitation: when looking at a distance, images become blurred.

Bifocal lenses enable you to see well both close-up and at a distance, but the image between the two distances is split and intermediate vision is blurred.

The best solution for age-related longsightedness is therefore progressive lenses, with a continuously varying power gradient across the whole lens, providing sharp vision at all distances.

There are two ways to correct presbyopia with contact lenses:

With monovision, users wear a contact lens with their prescription for distance vision in the dominant eye and another with their close vision prescription in the other eye.

Vision in the intermediate zone is compromised and experience shows that the rate of adaptation to this system is low.

There are also progressive contact lenses in which the prescription varies from far to near by means of concentric circles in the contact lens. Pupil diameter is a factor in this case and not all wearers react the same way.

Does working on a screen or reading accelerate the appearance of this visual disability?

No. Such activities can produce eyestrain, but they do not accelerate any process.

Can shortsighted, longsighted and astigmatic people develop presbyopia?

Being shortsighted, longsighted or astigmatic will not prevent presbyopia, but Varilux progressive lenses from Essilor can correct both defects simultaneously.

How can presbyopia be corrected effectively?

Presbyopia is easily corrected, and the earlier the better. Varilux lenses are adapted to each individual’s eyesight.