I used to wear these, as the name of the product suggests, Night & Day for over a year and was very happy with them. This review will be quite similar to my previous one for Bausch & Lomb Purevision lenses as to be quite honest, I didn't really see much difference between them apart from price, which is the only reason I switched.
Air Optix CIBA Vision Night & Day are monthly, continuous wear lenses that allow you to do all your daily activities without the need of taking lenses out - including showering, sleeping, etc. They are made of silicone hydrogel (Lotrafilcon A) that allows oxygen to freely access your eyes. If you need your contact lenses every day, I find this type to be the perfect option - as it feels like if your eyes were actually healthy. All you need to do is put them in, and then one month later take them out and throw away again. Ok, ok, occasional break is quite a necessity as having something in your eyes all the time can be a bit irritating - it feels like having an eye lash in your eye, and normally this feeling goes away if you take them out for a while, or use eye drops/spray. I normally take them out for the night couple times a month.
However, as they are more irritating than usual monthly type, or the dailies, there are quite a few contraindications and it's not the most convenient to start wearing them. Firstly, you need to be given a test pair by your optician. He will see you and check your eyes after a day, and again after a week since you put them in to make sure your eyes are coping well. Only then you're allowed to wear them normally. You shouldn't wear them if you have sensitive or dry eyes, abrasions or scratches.
As I mentioned above, this type of contact lenses is absolutely perfect for me as glasses make me sick and these make me function as if my eyes were completely healthy. However they are more expensive than other lenses of the same type (online, at £37.40 for two boxes of 3, they are almost twice as expensive as Purevision) without any practical difference at all.
I have been using these lenses since 2002 and until 2009, i thought they were great. I was originally introduced to these lenses by spec-savers and the cost was £30 per month. It took me a while to get used to putting these into my eyes, but after the first year I could get it into my eye in seconds. After i found that you could get them a lot cheaper on the internet I stopped buying them from spec-savers and started buying them online. I was paying £360 per year for these from spec-savers, compared to £120 on the internet.
You put these lenses into your eyes and then leave them in for the whole month, which includes sleeping in them. This was what appealed to me most about these lenses, you could put them in and forget about them for a month. Occasionally i would leave them in for more than a month but they would start to get irritating and i would know to change them at that point. Sometimes you would get something in your eye and you would have to remove the lens to clean it and possibly your eye before putting it back in.
Around 2009 I thought that i had damaged my eyes because these lenses would start irritating my eyes, I could only keep them in for a few days at a time. I went for an eye test and was told to wear glasses for a month and rest my eyes, the opticians thought this would fix my problem, but after a month i had the same problem. I went onto the internet to look for alternatives, and then found out that other people were having the same problem. Apparently the formula had been changed, which caused a reaction in some peoples eyes. I then went for a different brand, but they were not as good as the old Night and Days. I started wearing glasses again after almost 10 years with lenses and just as I started getting used to them again, I read that the formula for the Night and Days had been reverted, as people were not having problems with them anymore. I got a fresh batch and although not as good as the older ones, they were still pretty good. I am now back in these lenses, until Ciba Vision decide to change the formula again.
Overall, I think as long as your eyes are happy with these lenses, these are a cheaper alternative to Laser surgery, but probably only in the short term. You cannot do everything in these lenses such as swimming, or walking down dusty roads, you would need goggles or sun glasses for that, but for anything else, you can be free of glasses.
I have worn contact lenses for over 15 years and these are the best brand so far.
This type of lense is intended to be worn continuously for 30 days however I wouldnt personally recemmend this as they do get uncomfortable after a few days. However the material they are made from is the best for your eyes as it lets the most oxygen through. I had previously damaged my eyes through lack of oxygen caused by poor quality lenses. However my optician has confirmed that wearing these had significantly improved the health of my eyes. Consequently I think its worth paying the slight premium over non continuous wear lenses.
Also unlike other lenses these dont tend to dry out so you can wear them for long periods. If you happen to fall asleep in them they dont tend to stick to your eyes like cheaper brands do.
From Vision Express they cost £24.99 per month which gets you one pair a month. This is more expensive than if you buy them online but it does also include 6 monthly eye health check ups and also an annual eye test. In addition they will also post them to your house every 3 months so no hassle of having to go pick them up. They send them along with the solution in a special letter box friendly long box so you dont need to be at home when they come.
Overall these are best quality and most comfortable lenses around in my opinion. Dont think that because they are continuous wear that you have to keep them in all the time - you still get the case and solutions as with other monthly disposables.
When I first started wearing contact lenses I wore the basic ones from Specsavers. It was only when my boyfriend's dad, who is an optomistrist with his own practice, noticed I was blinking a lot late at night as my contact lenses had started to dry out and become uncomfortable, suggested that I try these little gems.
These lenses have been designed using advanced technology which allows up to five times more oxygen to the eye than standard contact lenses. These lenses are designed to allow you to wear them continuously for up to seven days but they have to be taken out on the seventh night to clean overnight. These are monthly disposables so take the time to clean them properly and let them soak for at least 7 hours.
When I put these on the first time I noticed how comfortable they were and how they seemed to easily fit onto my eye and didn't 'catch' on my eyelids like my previous ones used to do. As the day wore on there was no change to the comfort and even when I got in after work I didn't feel the need to take them out immediately.
I was recommended to build up the number of hours I wore them in the first week before I tried sleeping with them in for the first time. I built up the hours and then felt brave enough to try sleeping with them in.
I was a little apprehensive about wearing these overnight as I had always taken my lenses out at night and didn't want to wake up with dry eyes which wouldn't open. I needn't have worried though. When I woke up that first morning I was impressed to have perfect vision which I haven't had for a long time! There was no problem with the lenses the next day and they were still comfortable to wear and I continued to wear them to sleep the next night.
As these lenses allow oxygen to the eyes I found I was getting fewer blood shot eyes and my lenses were not drying out as often. I find these lenses do tend to become dry after about four days continuous wear but when this happens I squeeze a few drops of contact lens solution onto them and this freshens them up.
These lenses also claim to make your eyes whiter but this is more to do with the fact that these allow more oxygen into your eyes and therefore reduces the number of blood vessels building up around your eyes therefore you have whiter eyes.
As I said earlier, you do have to take these out once a week and soak them overnight to clean which is not a pain at all.
I think these lenses are fab. I find these really comfortable to wear and I haven't had any problems with them but on occasion I do wake up and find the contact lens is dry and when I blink it has fallen out. All that I do then is rinse it with solution before putting it back in. I've not really had any problems with these and have found these extremely convenient when I have been away on holiday and didn't have to faff about with taking my lenses out at night and putting them in again in the morning.
I couldn't tell you how much these cost a month (there are some advantages to going out with an optomistrist's son!) but they are going to be more expensive than the standard ones and I am aware these can be bought over the internet.
When I initially started wearing contact lenses - quite a few years ago now - I had to start every day by putting the lenses in my eyes and end every night by taking them out. Which for someone who had great difficulty in this supposedly simple process was quite trying at times. It was a great relief to me when my optician suggested that I use the Night & Day Lenses. With these you only have to change them about once every month. I was advised that when I was replacing my lenses that I did not insert the new ones immediately allowing my eyes to work on their own. When I am doing the monthly changeover I tend to take the contacts out later on the evening when I am not necessarily needing them. I head to bed and put the new lenses in in the morning - hey presto. The first time I woke up without my lenses was a reality check. No matter how hard I tried I could not decipher the time on my tv and there was I thinking that my eyesight wasn't that poor! It was a relief when I put the contact lenses into my eyes and it made me realise how much I take for granted having these.
There are a number of advantages of using contacts; firstly I definitely feel more confident wearing these to spectacles. I never liked wearing glasses when I drove as I was always aware of my 'blind spot' and I feel that I am a more confident driver using lenses. Secondly from a vanity point of view - ridiculous I know - but lenses versus glasses? Lenses will win a millions time over for me.
Night & Day are my first choice because you can get up every morning without having to start the day fiddling with your eyes. I tend to find my eyes are less irritable, more comfortable and I hardly know they are there since using these lenses. The only negative side - and this does not apply to everyone - is that if you have trouble taking the contacts in and out of your eyes then you are not getting a lot of practice of doing this by replacing the lenses monthly instead of daily.
I have been wearing the optix night and day contact lenses for approx 3 years now and what a blessing they have been!!! I had previously tried the daily disposibles but had no luck with them, i had great dificulty putting them in and taking them out. My eyes would be red and sore from poking and proding them trying to remove them and i decided after about a week they wernt worth it. I then suffered on as i refused to wear my glassess and i my eye sight is soooo poor i just couldnt see anything, but then came along this incredible life saving thing. My eyes are never sore from them, last thing at night and first thing in the morning they are never dry. Just changing them once a month is brilliant, you can go on holidays and never worry about taking your glasses or a huge supply of dailys. Its a really cheap alternative to laser sugery. You cant even feel them in your eyes so your not aware of them and rubbing your eyes all day. You can wear make up with them go swimming with them and live a completely normal life.
I switched to these contact lenses about three years ago, after getting fed up with my daily disposable contacts. I've never looked back. Dailys were too much of a nuisance for me with the constant in and out each day. My eyes were always too dry come 7pm, which was a nightmare if I was out for the night.
These are most definitely contact lenses for the lazy person, which is why they work fine for me. They last 30 days but you can wear them whilst you sleep, meaning you only have to take them in and out once a month. My optician advises that if I find it necessary I should take them out for a night and clean them, but I find they never get dirty or make my eyes feel dry. The miracle of waking up and instantly being able to see clearly is something that people with 20-20 vision will never be able to understand, but 3 years on and I still appreciate it.
Occasionally I wake up with my eyes feeling dry and have to blink rapidly to clear them, especially at the end of a cycle, but this is not painful and clears up after a few seconds. The only down side I have found is that I am now so out of practise getting my contacts in and out, I struggle to do it the once a month it is necessary! I never now wish that I could afford or work up the courage to have laser surgery - what's the point?
I have worn these contact lenses for over three years now and can happily say I have never had a single problem, having tried different lenses before and always reverting back to my much hated glasses as I found them too dry for my eyes especially at work in an air conditioned office working at a computer all day so when my optician suggested I try these, (and I can't remember the exact terminology but something to do with a higher water content than the other lenses i had tried), I wasn't altogther hopeful, especially when I learnt that you put them in and then leave them in for an entire month without taking them out at night, I thought they were bound to dry my eyes out but they are comfortable and apart from when I have had something in my eye and i've had to rinse them in solution I have never even needed to take them out apart from once a month to change them. I bought comfort drops thinking I'd need them but the dryness I experienced at work with my other lenses was not an issue with these, they are just ideal. I even wore them throughout my pregnancy without a problem, I had been advised to visit my optician to check I was ok to wear my lenses during pregnancy and he advised unless my eyes became dry or uncomfotable then they were perfectly fine to wear and apart from a change in prescription they were no different to pre-pregnancy. These are definately the best thing that has happened to me since I started wearing glasses I hated wearing glasses and found them awkward and uncomfortable but hated the hassle of lenses and how dry my eyes became. These do not dry my eyes out at all and are certainly no hassles as they take up about 5 minutes a month to change them and thats it!
A little-known, fantastic alternative to laser eye surgery. After extensively researching the pros and cons of laser surgery, I discovered my eyes were "too flat" to get surgery (a medical term?). Thankfully, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Not only did I save myself a potential £3000, I also researched other options with my optician. One of this was Optix Night & Day contact lenses.
They are lenses which you can wear for 30 days non-stop, through the night as well. In a nutshell, for me, this meant no more hassles of putting lenses in my sleepy eyes every morning, or forgetting to take them out when I'm intoxicated! These were perfect for me. Worried about the price, I was pleasantly suprised to find them to be cheaper than I imagined. At about £10 a month from a mail order company based in Sweden, these lenses were affordable, as well as comfortable to wear - you barely notice you are wearing them!
I wake up every morning, being able to see; I really dont see too much difference between these and laser eye surgery - aside from the fact you have to remember to change lenses every month. Initially when you wake up, your eyes are a bit blurry but give it a few seconds and all is fine.
All in all, a wonderful, often overlooked and affordable alternative to laser eye surgery.
As most people who wear glasses and long not to but don't have the money for laser eye surgery these are the answer, ditch the glasses for 30 whole days - these lenses are breathable, they don't affect your eyesight in the long run and whats more you can sleep in them so no more carting your glasses, glasses case, contact lense case and solution around if your going away. I've been wearing these lenses on/off for about a year now and have so much praise for them, there is a downside though as there is with all good things and that is they can get a little bit dry but everyones different and these beauties are definitely worth a try. I find the lenses dry out after a week or so, so I cleanse them, disinfect them and leave them in solution for 4-6 hours before popping them back in and they're fine after that - hardly any hassle! They're also cheap which surprised me when I first looked at these, they come in boxes of 3 so such as myself I have different prescriptions on both eyes so I need 6 in total, so that's 3 months worth for around £13 a month which is cheap for perfect eyesight!
AIR OPTIX NIGHT & DAY CONTACT LENSES from CIBA VISION
-- bear with me, as this will be a very long review!!! --
I've been using these contact lenses for just over a year now, and have had no problems with them apart from the sightly fiddly individual lens packaging (open new ones over the sink and rinse with saline solution if they fall in!). However, let me give you a bit of background as to why I now use them and would recommend them.
I've worn contact lenses since I was 18 (that's 16 years! - gosh, I feel old now!) after struggling with glasses since the age of 4. My first specs were those awful - but now very retro - pink plastic NHS frames that only had limited "give" when being fitted, so I developed hideous headaches at an early age because of the arms digging in behind my ears! Over the years, I've had just about every style and shape of frames going, but always found glasses uncomfortable. Part of my problem is that I have an odd-shaped nose that's very narrow at the top with a flat, strawberry shape towards the nostrils (thanks, Dad, for that inheritance!), so glasses have always slipped down and I've ended up peering over the top of them like an old granny whilst straining my eyes into the bargain. I still keep a pair of glasses as a stand-by, but only wear them occasionally.
When I first got contact lenses, I started with the old-style "hard" lenses. After a short lesson from my optician about insertion, removal and cleaning I was ready to go. And - luckily for me - I had no problems at all. I've never been squeamish, so sticking my fingers in my eyes wasn't a problem. As the years progressed, so did the lenses available, and I switched to "soft" lenses, 3-month lenses, monthly lenses, and - eventually - to daily disposables.
The one thing that I found frustrating with normal contacts was that I couldn't see first thing in the morning - I either had to feel around on the bedside table for my specs, or stagger into the bathroom, arms aloft and blind as a bat to pop my lenses in, which is no mean feat when you can barely see your own reflection in the mirror!
When my optician first suggested trying lenses I could sleep in, I was slightly worried. I thought they might damage my eyes, but he explained to me that the overnight lenses allowed more oxygen through than daily ones. He gave me a pair of Air Optix Night & Day to try for a week.
Since then, I've never looked back (excuse the pun!). The amazing feeling of waking up on the first morning and actually being able to see my alarm clock without getting my specs was fantastic. My partner - who, luckily for him, has excellent eyesight - really couldn't understand why I was so happy. He takes his vision for granted, so I suppose it's a difficult thing to explain.
Although I still use the optician who first recommended these lenses, I now buy them online from Tesco as they're about a third of the price that he can offer. However, I do have a few tips for new and regular users of these lenses.
Although they are advertised as 30 days and nights continuous wear, I've found giving your eyes a "break" from them for 1 night a week helps. I take my lenses out before I go to bed every Monday and put them in sterile saline solution in a case. I rinse them with fresh saline the next morning before putting them back in. I also use Optrex refreshing drops for lenses when needed, particularly if my eyes feel dry (I'm a furniture restorer and spend a lot of time surrounded by dust and other irritants, so I use these drops most nights). Other than that, I love them.
I've found out recently why the lenses feel a bit strange when first used. Each of the lenses has an impressed code/makers mark moulded into the lens (have a look at a new one and you can just see it, but put your specs on first!). It takes a few hours for this mark to flatten out, so you will always get a slight irritation until it does - it feels like a small "tick" in your eye. Once this has gone, you're up and running.