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.


Biofinity Multifocal

Product Image Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Biofinity Multifocal
Price Comparison

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $66.12

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $63.99

Manufacturer Alcon Inc. 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
Daily wear or
up to 6 nights or
7 days extended wear
Sphere Powers +6.00D to -10.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
-8.00D to +6.00D
(0.50D steps after -6.00D)
ADD Powers 2.50D (High)
2.00D (Med)
1.00D (Low)
Base Curves 8.6 mm 8.6 mm
Diameters 14.2 mm 14.0 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Silicone hydrogel
(comfilcon A)
Lens Design Aspherical Spherical/Aspherical
Wetting Agents Yes
% of Material 67% 52%
Water Content 33% 48%
Center Thickness 0.08 mm 0.08 mm
Oxygen Transmission 138 Dk/t 142 Dk/t
Modulus 1.0 MPa 0.75 MPa
Other Features
Special Features
  • TriComfort™ Technology
    High wettability through low contact angle.
    Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface.
  • SmartShield Technology
UV Blocking No No
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
Light Blue
Inside-out Mark No 0.8 MPa
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 6 lenses per box,
each lens in a
foil-sealed plastic package containing phosphate buffered saline with (or without) 1% copolymer 845
6 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
Online Retail Price $66 - $88 (6 lenses)
$64 - $103 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day $0.37 - $0.49 (6 lenses)
$0.36 - $0.57 (6 lenses)
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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.