ACUVUE OASYS Presbyopia versus Air Optix Aqua MultifocalWith these two lenses, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and Alcon serve the fastest growing contact lens market segment targeting primarily baby-boomers requiring vision correction for near- and distance vision. AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA are two popular choices among patients with presbyopia. This comparison chart sheds light on the differences and similarities.



ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA and AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal - Spec Sheets

Product Image Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia Air Optix Aqua Multifocal
Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Alcon Inc.
Release Date May 2009 January 2009
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Two weeks Monthly
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 consecutive nights extended wear
Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Sphere Powers -12.00D to +8.00D
(in 0.5 steps after +-6.00D)
+6.00D to -10.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
ADD Powers 2.50D (High)
1.75D (Mid)
1.25D (Low)
2.50D (High)
2.00D (Med)
1.00D (Low)
Base Curves 8.4 mm
8.6 mm
8.6 mm
Diameters 14.0 mm 14.2 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V-C V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Lens Design Spherical Aspherical
Wetting Agents Yes
% of Material 62% 67%
% of Water 38% 33%
Center Thickness 0.07 mm 0.08 mm
Oxygen Transmission 147 Dk/t 138 Dk/t
Modulus 0.7 MPa 1.0 MPa
Other Features
Special Features
  • TriComfort™ Technology
    High wettability through low contact angle.
    Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface.
  • SmartShield Technology
UV Blocking Class 1
90% UVA
99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
Light Blue
Inside-out Mark Yes
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 6 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
6 lenses per box,
each lens in a
foil-sealed plastic package containing phosphate buffered saline with (or without) 1% copolymer 845
Online Retail Price $40 - $48 $64 - $88
Cost per Day $0.48 - $0.57 $0.36 - $0.49
Online Retailers
Special Deals

Special Deals


Both lenses are available with three different add powers and have a similar oxygen transmissibillity value. AIR OPTIX AQUA Multifocal doesn't offer any UV blocking, whereas ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA provides UVA and UVB blocking. Comparing the average daily cost, AIR OPTIX Multifocal is slightly cheaper than the OASYS lens. AIR OPTIX is a monthly replacement lens, compared to the 1-2 week replacement schedule of OASYS. As with other AIR OPTIX lenses, we noticed a significant price range for AIR OPTIX AQUA Multifocal when researching prices online. So with a little bit of homework you could save some money.

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