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 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

 
AIR OPTIX AQUA
ACUVUE OASYS®
Product Image Air Optix Aqua Acuvue Oasys
Manufacturer Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
a Novartis company
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Release Date 2008 2005
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Two weeks
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Daily wear or
up to 6 consecutive nights extended wear
Available 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
Available Base Curves 8.6mm 8.4mm
8.8mm
Available Diameters 14.2mm 14.0mm
Technical Parameters
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Lens Type Aspherical Spherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- PVP
- PEG
Yes
- PVP
% of Material 67% 62%
% of Water 33% 38%
Center Thickness 0.08mm 0.07mm
Oxygen Transmission 138 Dk/t 147 Dk/t
Modulus 1.0 MPa 0.7 MPa
Other Features
Special Features TriComfort™ Technology
High wettability through low contact angle.
Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface
Internal wetting agent Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) using HYDRACLEAR® PLUS technology for better wettability and lens surface smoothness.
UV Blocking Unknown Class 1
96% UVA
99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark No Yes
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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 $30 - $50 $26 - $34
Cost per Day $0.17 - $0.28 $0.28 - $0.38
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