Updated: Feb 3, 2020

Comparison Highlights

  • Air Optix Aqua versus PureVision2Air Optix Aqua and PureVision2 share similar technical parameters.
  • Both lenses feature an aspherical lens design.
  • PureVision2 covers a slightly wider power range.
  • The water content and oxygen transmission values are very similar.
  • There is no significant difference in price ($0.17 - $0.29 per eye and per day).


 Air Optix Aqua and PureVision2 - Spec Sheets

Product Image Air Optix Aqua PureVision2
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Manufacturer Alcon Inc. Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Release Date 2008 2011
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Monthly
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Daily wear or
extended wear up to 30 days
Sphere Powers +6.00D to -8.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
-8.50D to -10.00D
(in 0.5 steps)
+6.00 to -6.00D in 0.25 steps
-6.00D to -12.00D in 0.5 steps
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
(Balafilcon A)
Lens Design Aspherical Aspherical
Wetting Agents Yes
% of Material 67% 64%
% of Water 33% 36%
Center Thickness 0.08 mm 0.07 mm
Oxygen Transmission 138 Dk/t 130 Dk/t
Modulus 1.0 MPa 1.1 MPa
Other Features
Special Features
  • TriComfort™ Technology
    High wettability through low contact angle.
    Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface.
  • SmartShield Technology
  • High Definition Optics for reduced halos and glare.
  • ComfortMoist Technology for initial and overall comfort.
UV Blocking No No
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
Light Blue
(light blue)
Inside-out Mark No Unknown
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,
immersed in a poloxamine solution
Price Range $50 - $79 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day $0.28 - $0.44 (6 lenses)
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