Air Optix Aqua Multifocal versus Biofinity MultifocalFor those over 40, multifocal silicone hydrogel contact lenses can help keep everything in focus: close up, far distance, and in-between. Air Optix Aqua Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal are two of the alternatives in a fast growing contact lens segment. We had a closer look at these two lenses. Most of the technical parameters and the cost per day are quite similar and both lenses are monthly replaceable contacts that can be worn up to six consecutive nights in extended mode.

 
AIR OPTIX AQUA Multifocal
Biofinity Multifocal
Product Image Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Biofinity Multifocal
Manufacturer Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
a Novartis company
CooperVision, Inc.
part of
The Cooper Companies Inc.
Release Date January 2009 June 2011
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Monthly
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
4 weeks, daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Available Sphere Powers +6.00D to -10.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
-8.00D to +6.00D
(0.50D steps after -6.00D)
Available ADD Powers 2.50D (High)
2.00D (Med)
1.00D (Low)
+1.00D
+1.50D
+2.00D
+2.50D
Available Base Curves 8.6mm 8.6mm
Available Diameters 14.2mm 14.0mm
Technical Parameters
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Silicone hydrogel
(comfilcon A)
Lens Type Aspherical Spherical/Aspherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- PVP
- PEG
None
% of Material 67% 52%
% of Water 33% 48%
Center Thickness 0.08mm 0.08mm
Oxygen Transmission 138 Dk/t 142 Dk/t
Modulus 1.0 MPa 0.75 MPa
Other Features
Special Features TriComfort™ Techonology
High wettability through low contact angle.
Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface
Aquaform® Technology and Balanced Progressive™ Technology.
D-lens and N-lens design.
UV Blocking Unknown No
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(Sofblue®)
Inside-out Mark No Unknown
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 $64 - $88 $60.00 - $83.00
Cost per Day $0.36 - $0.49 $0.33 - $0.46
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Our Take:

Both lenses are silicone hydrogel lens with a set of unique manufacturer technologies embedded into the lens. Air Optix Aqua Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal share similar prescription and material parameters and are available with a variety of ADD powers, excellent oxygen transmissibility and the ability to wear them for an extended period of up to six consecutive nights.