ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal vs ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is now (as of September 2022) offering two ACUVUE OASYS contact lenses to patients with Presbyopia. These lenses were introduced in the last 18 months and they both feature Senofilcon A, a proven silicone hydrogel material found in all OASYS lenses: ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal. What are the differences? Which features stand out and what's the cost of wearing them?

Let's start with the most obvious difference first: the replacement schedule. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal is a daily replaceable lens, while ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal needs to be replaced every two weeks. In looking at the technical parameters, they are remarkably similar. Same base curve, diameter, oxygen transmission for high breathability, and identical ADD powers & prescription ranges from -9.00D to +6.00D which covers the majority of prescriptions. This means that in most cases you can easily switch from one lens to another after a quick check-in with your eye doctor. But what about the differences? Well, there are a few areas to point out for each lens.

UV Blocking

In good tradition, Johnson & Johnson packed UVA and UVB blocking into the material and both lenses are classified as Class 1 lenses, the highest category assigned by the FDA. However, the ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal goes one step further. The UV blocking rate (and in particular the UVA blocking) is a bit higher compared to what the bi-weekly ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal offer and one of the highest in the entire contact lens industry. But, not enough for Johnson & Johnson. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal also provides HEVL absorption at a >60% rate. HEVL stands for High Energy Visual Light and is more commonly known as Blue Light. Johnson & Johnson's term for HEVL blocking is called OptiBlue Light Filter.

Differences in Wetting Technology

HYDRACLEAR, available with ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal and TearStable Technology, found in ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal are utilizing PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone), a popular wetting agent material used in many contact lens products. While we couldn't find details on the exact difference, we think that Johnson & Johnson improved the lens surface treatment process, which - they claim - improves the tear evaporation rate (when compared to competitor products). A critical factor in maintaining wearing comfort throughout a long day.

Cost Comparison

Expect the daily ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal to be more expensive than the ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal. You can wear ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal for 80 cents to a dollar per day (excluding the cost of cleaning solutions) while the ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal requires an 'investment' north of $2 per day.

Side-by-Side Comparison: ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-DAY Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS Multifocal

ACUVUE® OASYS MAX 1-DAY MULTIFOCAL

ACUVUE® OASYS MULTIFOCAL

Product Image  ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal Acuvue Oasys Multifocal
Price Comparison

Lowest prices found:

30 Pack: $66.29

90 Pack: $152.14

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $58.64

Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Release Date September 2022 March 2021 (US & Canada)
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Daily Two weeks or one week (for extended wear)
Wearing Details info Daily wear Daily wear or extended wear
Sphere Powers -9.00D to +6.00D
in 0.25 steps
-9.00D to +6.00D
in 0.25 steps
ADD Powers info +0.75D to +1.25D (LOW)
+1.50D to +1.75D (MID)
+2.00D to +2.50D (HIGH)
+0.75D to +1.25D (LOW)
+1.50D to +1.75D (MID)
+2.00D to +2.50D (HIGH)
Base Curves info 8.4 mm 8.4 mm
Diameters 14.3 mm 14.3 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group info V-C V-C
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Lens Design Hybrid back curve (aspherical and spherical) Hybrid back curve (aspherical and spherical)
Wetting Agents info Yes
- PVP
Yes
- PVP
% of Material 62% 62%
Water Content 38% 38%
Center Thickness info 0.07 mm 0.07 mm
Oxygen Transmissibility info 147 Dk/t 147 Dk/t
Modulus info - 0.68 MPa
Refractive Index info 1.42 1.42
Other Features
Special Features info
UV Blocking info Class 1
99.9% UVA
Up to 100% UVB
Class 1
90% UVA
99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption info No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark Yes
(123)
Yes
(123)
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 30 or 90 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
6 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
Online Retail Price info $66 - $87 (30 lenses)
$152 - $186 (90 lenses)
$59 - $72 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day info $2.21 - $2.90 (30 lenses)
$1.69 - $2.07 (90 lenses)
$0.70 - $0.86 (6 lenses)
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