ACUVUE OASYS Presbyopia versus Air Optix Aqua MultifocalWith these two lenses, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and Alcon serve the fast growing market of baby-boomers that are coming of age and requiring reading glasses. AIR OPTIX® AQUA Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA want to own a significant share of this growing market. We looked at the differences with this comparison chart.

 

ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA and Air Optix Aqua Multifocal - Spec Sheets

 
ACUVUE OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA
AIR OPTIX AQUA Multifocal
Product Image Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia Air Optix Aqua Multifocal
Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
a Novartis company
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
Available Sphere Powers -12.00D to +8.00D
(in 0.5 steps after +-6.00D)
+6.00D to -10.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
Available ADD Powers 2.50D (High)
1.75D (Mid)
1.25D (Low)
2.50D (High)
2.00D (Med)
1.00D (Low)
Available Base Curves 8.4mm
8.6mm
8.6mm
Available Diameters 14.0mm 14.2mm
Technical Parameters
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Lens Type Spherical Aspherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- PVP
Yes
- PVP
- PEG
% of Material 62% 67%
% of Water 38% 33%
Center Thickness 0.07mm 0.08mm
Oxygen Transmission 147 Dk/t 138 Dk/t
Modulus 0.7 MPa 1.0 MPa
Other Features
Special Features HYDRACLEAR® PLUS technology for better wettability and lens surface smoothness.
STEREO PRECISION TECHNOLOGY™.
TriComfort™ Techonology
High wettability through low contact angle.
Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface
UV Blocking Class 1
90% UVA
99% UVB
Unknown
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark Yes
(123)
No
Packaging, Pricing and Ratings
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
Online Retail Price $40 - $48 $64 - $88
Cost per Day $0.48 - $0.57 $0.36 - $0.49
Consumer Rating ( 117 Votes ) ( 118 Votes )
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Conclusion:

Both lenses are available with 3 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.

Have you tried any of these two lenses? We would love to get your feedback.