Air Optix Aqua versus Air Optix plus HydraGlydeAir Optix Aqua and the newer Air Optix plus HydraGlyde are high-performance silicone hydrogel contact lenses from Alcon Inc.. Is it worth upgrading to Air Optix plus HydraGlyde? While the lens material and designs are identical, Air Optix plus Hydraglyde covers a wider sphere power range and features two additional technologies: SmartShield and HydraGlyde are promising longer lasting hydration and improved deposit resistance. The daily cost price range is similar for both lenses so it might be worth trying the upgraded version. Check with your eye care practitioner.

Air Optix Aqua and Air Optix plus HydraGlyde: Spec Sheets

 
AIR OPTIX AQUA
AIR OPTIX plus HydraGlyde
Product Image Air Optix Aqua Air Optix plus HydraGlyde
Manufacturer Alcon Inc. Alcon Inc.
Release Date 2008 Nov 2016 (US)
April 2016 (Europe)
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Monthly
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Available Sphere Powers +6.00D to -8.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
-8.50D to -10.00D
(in 0.5 steps)
+6.50D to +8.00D
(in 0.5 steps)
+6.00D to -8.00D
(in 0.25 steps)
-8.50D to -12.00D
(in 0.5 steps)
Available Base Curves 8.6mm 8.6mm
Available Diameters 14.2mm 14.2mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V V
(V-Cm)
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Lens Type Aspherical Aspherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- PVP
- PEG
Yes
- PVP
- PEG
% of Material 67% 67%
% of Water 33% 33%
Center Thickness 0.08mm 0.08mm
Oxygen Transmission 138 Dk/t 138 Dk/t
Modulus 1.0 MPa 1.0 MPa
Other Features
Special Features TriComfort™ Technology
High wettability through low contact angle.
Permanent plasma treatment for a smooth surface
HydraGlyde
SmartShield Technology
UV Blocking Unknown Unknown
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 containing phosphate buffered saline with 1% copolymer 845 and 0.04% ethylene oxide-butylene oxide copolymer
Price Range $30 - $50 $36 - $45
Cost per Day $0.17 - $0.28 $0.20 - $0.25
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