Air Optix Aqua or Avaira? We recently received an email from Jennie in Uticah: "I have been using Avaira for almost 8 months. The lenses are fine but I noticed there might be other cheaper alternatives. I don't mind switching to a monthly lens like the Air optix lenses from Ciba or the biofinity lenses.  Any recommendations?".  As always, we can't make any recommendations, so we told Jennie to discuss her concerns with her eye care professional, however this comparison sheet provides some additional insight into the parameters and features of these two lenses.

Air Optix Aqua and Avaira - Spec Sheets

 
AIR OPTIX AQUA
Avaira
Product Image Air Optix Aqua Avaira
Manufacturer Alcon Inc. CooperVision, Inc.
part of
The Cooper Companies Inc.
Release Date 2008 April 2008
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Two weeks
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Daily 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 +8.00D
(in 0.5 steps after +-6.00D)
Available Base Curves 8.6mm 8.4mm for +prescriptions
8.5mm for -prescriptions
Available Diameters 14.2mm 14.2mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Silicone hydrogel
(Enfilcon A)
Lens Type Aspherical Aspherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- PVP
- PEG
Yes
- PEG
% of Material 67% 54%
% of Water 33% 46%
Center Thickness 0.08mm 0.08mm
Oxygen Transmission 138 Dk/t 125 Dk/t
Modulus 1.0 MPa 0.50 MPa
Other Features
Special Features TriComfort™ Technology
High wettability through low contact angle.
Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface
Aquaform® Technology
UV Blocking Unknown Class 2
75% UVA
99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark No No
Packaging, Pricing and Ratings
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 $30 - $50 $24 - $28
Cost per Day $0.17 - $0.28 $0.27 - $0.31
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