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.ACUVUE OASYS versus AIR OPTIX AQUA

Air Optix Aqua from Alcon Inc. 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 is a bit lower. We did notice a fairly large price range for Air Optix Aqua when researching prices on the web.
Air Optix Aqua does not provide UV blocking, an area where ACUVUE OASYS® rocks due to first-class UVA and UVB blocking. Last but not least, ACUVUE OASYS® comes in multiple base curves and covers a broader power range. The two brand families also include a multifocal and a toric version.

Alcon also added the Air Optix with HydraGlyde in 2016, which you can read about in this comparison of Air Optix Aqua and Air Optix with HydraGlyde.

Air Optix Aqua and ACUVUE OASYS® - Spec Sheets



Product Image Air Optix Aqua Acuvue Oasys
Price Comparison

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $30.15

Lowest prices found:

12 Pack: $79.04

24 Pack: $152.99

Manufacturer Alcon Inc. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Release Date 2008 2005
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Two weeks
Wearing Details info Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Daily wear or
up to 6 consecutive nights extended wear
Sphere Powers +6.00D to -8.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
-8.50D to -10.00D
(in 0.5 steps)
-12.00D to -6.00D in 0.5 steps
-6.00D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps
+6.00D to +8.00D in 0.5 steps
Base Curves info 8.6 mm 8.4 mm
8.8 mm
Diameters 14.2 mm 14.0 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group info V V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Lens Design Aspherical Spherical
Wetting Agents info Yes
% of Material 67% 62%
Water Content 33% 38%
Center Thickness info 0.08 mm 0.07 mm
Oxygen Transmissibility info 138 Dk/t 147 Dk/t
Modulus info 1.0 MPa 0.7 MPa
Refractive Index info 1.42 1.42
Other Features
Special Features info
  • TriComfort™ Technology
    High wettability through low contact angle.
    Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface.
  • SmartShield Technology
UV Blocking info No Class 1
96% UVA
99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption info No No
Visibility Tint Yes
Light Blue
Inside-out Mark No Yes
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
Price Range info $30 - $70 (6 lenses)
$79 - $103 (12 lenses)
$153 - $202 (24 lenses)
Cost per Day info $0.17 - $0.39 (6 lenses)
$0.47 - $0.61 (12 lenses)
$0.46 - $0.60 (24 lenses)
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