ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM vs Air Optix for Astigmatism
A comparison of ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM and AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM, two time-tested toric lenses.
For patients with astigmatism, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care is offering the bi-weekly disposable ACUVUE OASYS® for Astigmatism. Alcon offers the monthly replaceable Air Optix for Astigmatism, a slightly thicker lens with an aspherical design (an aspherical lens design reduces spherical aberration and halos). To keep the lens in place, ACUVUE OASYS® for Astigmatism features a unique blink stabilizing design with four zones of stability, while Air Optix achieves this with their PRECISION BALANCE 8|4 Design. Water content and oxygen transmission are two parameters that impact the wearing comfort, and - as they contradict each other - manufacturers try to find the right balance. While the water content of ACUVUE OASYS® is 38%, Air Optix for Astigmatism's initial water content is 33%, so they are both quite similar. Johnson and Johnson Vision Care adds Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) to the lens, a popular wetting agent found in many lenses today. In addition, ACUVUE OASYS® for Astigmatism comes with Class 1 UVA and UVB blocking, a feature not found in the Air Optix lens.
ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM and Air Optix for Astigmatism - Spec Sheets
ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM
AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Alcon Laboratories, Inc. a Novartis company
Daily wear - replace every two weeks.
Extended wear up to six nights/seven days - replace every seven days.
Daily wear or up to 6 nights extended wear
Available Sphere Powers
-6.00 to +6.00 in 0.25D steps
-6.50 to -9.00 in 0.50D steps
+6.00D to -6.00D in 0.25 steps
-6.50D to -10.00D in 0.50 steps
-0.75D, -1.25D, -1.75D, -2.25D and -2.75D
-0.75D, -1.25D, -1.75D and -2.25D
Full circle in 10° steps
Full circle in 10° steps
Available Base Curves
Silicone hydrogel (Senofilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel (Lotrafilcon B)
% of Material
% of Water
Internal wetting agent Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) using HYDRACLEAR® PLUS technology.
BLINK STABILIZED™ lens design with four zones of stability.
PRECISION BALANCE 8|4™ Lens Design. Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface.
Dynamic Light Absorption
Packaging, Pricing and Ratings
6 lenses per box, each lens in a
foil-sealed plastic package
6 lenses per box, each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
The highlights for ACUVUE OASYS® for Astigmatism are a blink-stabilizing design, UV blocking, and a somewhat higher oxygen transmission value. Air Optix for Astigmatism is slightly cheaper and features an aspherical lens design.