In the world of multifocal contact lenses, two prominent options have emerged as top contenders: INFUSE Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal. Both lenses offer wearers clear vision at all distances and boast advanced technologies to enhance comfort and visual performance. In this comprehensive comparison, we will dive deep into the features, specifications, and benefits of each lens to help you have an informed discussion with your eye doctor.
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Design and Technology
INFUSE Multifocal Design and Technology
INFUSE Multifocal is powered by Bausch+Lomb's 3-Zone Progressive Design, which optimizes the lens for seven crucial biometrics. This design takes into account factors such as pupil size across nine critical distances to deliver clear near and intermediate vision while maintaining excellent distance vision. The lens design ensures an easy and predictable fit with just two ADD powers across the entire power range.
ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal Design and Technology
ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal features a Pupil Optimized Design, specifically tailored to improve visual performance. The lens incorporates TearStable Technology for enhanced comfort and improved tear evaporation rate. Additionally, it includes OptiBlue Light Filtering for blue light absorption and a unique design to optimize visual performance.
Comparison of Material and Parameters
Material and Moisture Retention
Both lenses fall under the FDA's silicone hydrogel classification. INFUSE Multifocal is classified as a V-B lens, indicating a high water content (>50%) and non-ionic nature. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal is also classified as a V-B lens, offering high moisture retention and comfort.
INFUSE Multifocal is made from a cast-molded silicone hydrogel material known as Kalifilcon A. This material offers exceptional moisture retention with a high water content, surpassing 50%. The lens material ensures optimal hydration and comfort throughout the day.
ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal is also made from a silicone hydrogel material, providing high moisture retention and comfort. The lens material is designed to maintain a balance between oxygen permeability and moisture content, ensuring a comfortable wearing experience.
INFUSE Multifocal offers a range of sphere powers from -10.00D to +6.00D, allowing for precise vision correction across a wide range of refractive errors. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal also provides a similar range of sphere powers for comprehensive vision correction. Both lenses offer ADD powers to assist with reading and viewing objects up close. INFUSE Multifocal provides two ADD power options: low powers ranging from +0.75D to +1.50D and high powers ranging from +1.75D to +2.50D. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal also offers three more granular ADD powers suitable for presbyopic individuals.
Comparing Special Features
UV and HEVL Protection
Both INFUSE Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal offer UV protection, reducing exposure to harmful UVA and UVB radiation. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal is classified as Class 1 UV-blocking, filtering more than 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB light. In additional it supports blue-light filtering, a feature that is currently not available with the INFUSE. INFUSE Multifocal is classified as Class 2 UV-blocking, filtering more than 50% of UVA and more than 95% of UVB light. It's important to note that while these lenses provide UV protection, they are not a substitute for UV-absorbing eyewear.
Comfort and Dryness
Both lenses prioritize wearer comfort and address concerns related to contact lens dryness. INFUSE Multifocal incorporates ProBalance Technology, a proprietary combination of osmoprotectants, electrolytes, and moisturizers that helps maintain ocular surface homeostasis. This technology enhances comfort and helps alleviate dryness, ensuring a pleasant wearing experience. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal features TearStable Technology, which improves tear film stability and reduces dryness. These technologies contribute to long-lasting comfort throughout the day.
Oxygen Transmission and Water Content
Oxygen transmission is crucial for maintaining healthy eyes during contact lens wear. INFUSE Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal both offer high oxygen transmissibility with a Dk/t value in the 120-140 range. Exceptional oxygen trnasmissibility paired with a high water content (38% for the OASYS MAX and 55% for the INFUSE) support optimal corneal health and comfort throughout the day.
Cost and Price Comparison
Both the INFUSE Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal can be obtained from eye care professionals and online contact lens vendors. While prices may vary, it's evident that the OASYS MAX Multifocal tends to be notably pricier than the Bausch INFUSE Multifocal. This variance in cost can be attributed, at least in part, to the packaging differences: INFUSE is available in a 90-pack box, whereas the OASYS comes in a configuration of 30 lenses per box.
ACUVUE® OASYS MAX 1-DAY MULTIFOCAL
Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal
|Price Comparison|| |
Lowest prices found:
30 Pack: $56.66
90 Pack: $130.09
Lowest price found:
90 Pack: $110.09
|Manufacturer||Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.||Bausch & Lomb Inc.|
|Release Date||September 2022||June 2023|
|Wearing Details||Daily wear||Daily wear|
|Sphere Powers|| -9.00D to +6.00D|
in 0.25 steps
| -10.00D to +6.00D |
(in 0.25 steps)
|ADD Powers|| +0.75D to +1.25D (LOW)|
+1.50D to +1.75D (MID)
+2.00D to +2.50D (HIGH)
| Low: +0.75D to +1.50D |
High: +1.75D to +2.50D
|Base Curves||8.4 mm||8.6 mm|
|Diameters||14.3 mm||14.2 mm|
|Lens Material|| Silicone hydrogel|
| Silicone hydrogel |
|Lens Design||Hybrid back curve (aspherical and spherical)||Aspherical|
|Wetting Agents|| Yes |
| Poloxamine 1107 |
|% of Material||62%||45%|
|Water Content||38%||55% (by weight)|
|Center Thickness||0.07 mm||0.08 mm|
|Oxygen Transmission||147 Dk/t||134 Dk/t|
|UV Blocking|| Class 1 |
Up to 100% UVB
| Class 2 |
|Dynamic Light Absorption||No||No|
|Visibility Tint|| Yes |
| Yes |
|Inside-out Mark|| Yes |
|Packaging, Pricing and Offers|
|Packaging Details|| 30 or 90 lenses per box,|
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
| 30 lenses per box or |
90 lenses per box
|Online Retail Price|| $57 - $83 (30 lenses)|
$130 - $180 (90 lenses)
| $110 - $155 (90 lenses) |
|Cost per Day|| $1.89 - $2.77 (30 lenses)|
$1.45 - $2.00 (90 lenses)
| $1.22 - $1.72 (90 lenses) |
|Online Retailers|| |
In conclusion, both INFUSE Multifocal and ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal offer cutting-edge features and technologies to meet the unique vision correction needs of individuals with presbyopia. INFUSE Multifocal's 3-Zone Progressive Design and ProBalance Technology provide exceptional visual performance and comfort throughout the day. ACUVUE OASYS MAX 1-Day Multifocal's Pupil Optimized Design, TearStable Technology, and UV/HEVL protection make it a compelling choice as well. Ultimately, the choice between these lenses will depend on individual preferences, prescription parameters, and the guidance of an eye care professional.
Remember to consult your eye care professional to determine which multifocal contact lens is best suited for your specific needs and to ensure proper fitting and usage. If your eye doctor agrees, try both lenses and ask for free trial lenses.