Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal versus Biofinity Multifocal For those over 40, multifocal silicone hydrogel contact lenses can help keep everything in focus: close up, far distance, and in-between. Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal from Alcon and Biofinity Multifocal from CooperVision are two of the alternatives in a fast growing contact lens segment. While both lenses offer extended wear capabilities and are silicone hydrogel lenses, there are notable differences between them. This article aims to provide an extensive comparison of Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal, focusing on various aspects such as design, material, special features, and pricing.

Design and Prescription Parameters

Air Optix plus Hydraglyde Multifocal lenses utilize a unique Precision Profile Design, incorporating multiple optical zones that work together to provide seamless transitions between different distances. This design ensures sharp focus and enhances visual clarity throughout the day.

On the other hand, Biofinity Multifocal lenses feature Balanced Progressive Technology, which is an advanced lens design that combines multiple focal points to provide clear vision at near, intermediate, and far distances. It uses a unique blending technique to seamlessly integrate these focal points, resulting in a smooth and natural visual experience with reduced visual disturbances.

Both lenses have a monthly replacement schedule and offer daily wear or up to 6 nights/7 days extended wear options. Please note that any type of extended wear needs to be determined and approved by your eye care practitioner. The sphere powers range from +6.00D to -10.00D and there are three ADD powers available for Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal while the sphere powers range from +6.00D to -8.00D for Biofinity Multifocal. CooperVision offers Biofinity Multifocal with 4 different ADD powers, giving optometrists more options to customize your close-distance vision correction. However, Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal is also suited for patients with a high minus-power prescription (nearsighted) in the -8.00D to -10.00D range.

When it comes to base curves, both lenses have a base curve of 8.6 mm. The diameter of Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal is 14.2 mm, while Biofinity Multifocal has a diameter of 14.0 mm.

Comparison of Material and Parameters

Air Optix plus Hydraglyde Multifocal lenses are made with the advanced silicone hydrogel material Lotrafilcon B, which provides exceptional oxygen permeability at 138 Dk/t. This feature promotes healthier eyes and ensures all-day comfort, even for individuals with sensitive eyes. These lenses also integrate Alcon's HydraGlyde Technology, a unique moisture matrix, which helps retain moisture on the lens surface, providing long-lasting hydration and enhanced lens surface wettability.

Biofinity Multifocal lenses are also crafted from a high-quality silicone hydrogel material. Similar to Lotrafilcon B, CooperVision's Comfilcon A offers excellent oxygen transmission (with 142 Dk/t) to the eyes, promoting optimal eye health. Biofinity Multifocal lenses also boast Aquaform Technology, which retains water within the lens, promoting natural moisture and preventing dryness throughout the day.

Comparing Features

  • Air Optix plus Hydraglyde Multifocal
    • High oxygen permeability for healthier eyes.
    • Precision Profile Design for seamless vision transitions.
    • HydraGlyde Moisture Matrix for enhanced moisture retention and surface wettability.
    • SmartShield for deposits resistance and additional moisture support.
    • Slightly stiffer when compared to Biofinity Multifocal which might support easier handling and removal.
  • Biofinity Multifocal
    • Excellent oxygen transmission for optimal eye health.
    • Proven Balanced Progressive Technology with two design variations for effortless adaptation to different distances.
    • Aquaform Technology for natural moisture retention and prevention of dryness.
    • More granular ADD powers for optimal close distance vision.
    • Slightly cheaper than Air Optix plus Hydraglyde Multifocal.

Packaging, Pricing, and Offers

When it comes to packaging, both Air Optix plus Hydraglyde Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal are available in boxes containing six lenses per box. In Europe there is also a three lenses per box configuration available. With a replacement schedule of one month, a six lens box will last for half a year assuming that you bought two boxes (one for the left and one for the right eye). Biofinity Multifocal is cheaper than the Air Optix Hydraglyde MF lens. The difference of 10 cents per day translates into a yearly cost advantage of $73 for the Biofinity lens.

In general, wearing monthly replaceable contact lenses is much more affordable than wearing daily replaceable lenses. However, they do require a strict cleaning routine using special cleaning solutions. For occasional contact lens wearers we suggest having a discussion with your ECP about getting into one of the brands offering daily replaceable lenses for presbyopia (as also offered by Alcon and CooperVision).

Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal: Detailed Specs Comparison

AIR OPTIX plus HydraGlyde Multifocal

Biofinity Multifocal

Product Image Air Optix with HydraGlyde Multifocal Biofinity Multifocal
Price Comparison

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $92.69

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $76.49

Manufacturer Alcon Inc. CooperVision, Inc.
part of
The Cooper Companies Inc.
Release Date October 2018 June 2011
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Monthly
Wearing Details info Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Daily wear or
up to 6 nights or
7 days extended wear
Sphere Powers +6.00D to -10.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
-8.00D to +6.00D
(0.50D steps after -6.00D)
ADD Powers info 2.50D (High)
2.00D (Med)
1.00D (Low)
Base Curves info 8.6 mm 8.6 mm
Diameters 14.2 mm 14.0 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group info V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Silicone hydrogel
(comfilcon A)
Lens Design Aspherical Spherical/Aspherical
Wetting Agents info Yes
% of Material 67% 52%
Water Content 33% 48%
Center Thickness info 0.08 mm 0.08 mm
Oxygen Transmissibility info 138 Dk/t 142 Dk/t
Modulus info 1.0 MPa 0.75 MPa
Refractive Index info 1.42 1.4
Other Features
Special Features info
UV Blocking info No No
Dynamic Light Absorption info No No
Visibility Tint Yes
Light Blue
Inside-out Mark No 0.8 MPa
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 6 lenses per box,
each lens in a
foil-sealed plastic package containing phosphate buffered saline with 1% copolymer 845 and 0.04% ethylene oxide-butylene oxide copolymer
6 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
Online Retail Price info $93 - $124 (6 lenses)
$76 - $111 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day info $0.51 - $0.69 (6 lenses)
$0.42 - $0.62 (6 lenses)
Online Retailers info
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Our Take

Both lenses are cost effective silicone hydrogel lenses with a small price advantage for the Biofinity. Both offer a set of unique manufacturer technologies embedded into the lens. Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal share similar prescription and material parameters and are available with a variety of ADD powers, excellent oxygen transmissibility and - if your ECP approves - the ability to wear them for an extended period of up to six consecutive nights.

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