A comparison of two well-known, time-proven contact lenses: Air Optix Aqua and ACUVUE OASYS®. What are the differences: Material, prescription parameters, technical parameters, special features, and cost.
Air Optix Aqua from Alcon Laboratories is a monthly replaceable contact lens which was first introduced in 2008. ACUVUE OASYS® is a bi-weekly replaceable lens, which has been available since 2005. These two lenses can be worn up to 6 nights in a row and the core material is a silicone hydrogel with a water content of 33% (Air Optix) and 38% for the ACUVUE OASYS®. Their ability to transfer oxygen through the lens is very similar and both manufacturers rely on a wetting agent to retain the moisture.
Overall, both lenses impress. Air Optix Aqua gets points on price as this is a monthly replacement lens, compared to the 2-week replacement schedule of ACUVUE OASYS®, so the price a bit lower. We did notice a fairly large price range for Air Optix Aqua when researching prices on the web.
We couldn't find any information about the UV blocking capabilities of Air Optix Aqua, an area where ACUVUE OASYS® shines. Last but not least, ACUVUE OASYS® comes in multiple base curves and covers a broader power range. Both lenses are also available as multifocal or toric lenses.
Alcon also added the Air Optix with HydraGlyde in 2016, which we have compared to Air Optix Aqua in this article.
Air Optix Aqua and ACUVUE OASYS® - Spec Sheets
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