Comparison Highlights

  • Bausch+Lomb Ultra versus Air Optix plus HydraglydeBausch + Lomb ULTRA and Air Optix plus HydraGlyde are monthly replaceable silicone hydrogel contacts with an aspherical lens design.
  • Oxygen transmission through the lens to the cornea and a consistent level of moisture throughout the day are two important criteria for contact lenses. Bausch + Lomb ULTRA's water content is 46% or about 39% higher when compared to the slightly stiffer HydraGlyde. While expecting a reversed number when looking at the breathability of the lenses, the Ultra lens still outperforms the Hydraglyde with a 163 Dk/t value compared to 138 Dk/t.
  • Both lenses are tinted for better handling but don't provide any UV blocking.

Bausch + Lomb ULTRA and Air Optix plus HydraGlyde - Spec Sheets

Bausch + Lomb ULTRA

AIR OPTIX plus HydraGlyde

Product Image Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Air Optix plus HydraGlyde
Price Comparison

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $54.39

Lowest price found:

6 Pack: $55.24

Manufacturer Bausch & Lomb Inc. Alcon Inc.
Release Date 2014 Nov 2016 (US)
April 2016 (Europe)
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Monthly
Wearing Details info Daily wear Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Sphere Powers +6.00 to -6.00D in 0.25 steps
-6.00D to -12.00D 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)
Base Curves info 8.5 mm 8.6 mm
Diameters 14.2 mm 14.2 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group info V V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Samfilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Lens Design Aspherical Aspherical
Wetting Agents info Yes
% of Material 54% 67%
Water Content 46% 33%
Center Thickness info 0.07 mm 0.08 mm
Oxygen Transmissibility info 163 Dk/t 138 Dk/t
Modulus info 0.7 MPa 1.0 MPa
Refractive Index info 1.411 1.42
Other Features
Special Features info
UV Blocking info No No
Dynamic Light Absorption info No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(light blue)
Light Blue
Inside-out Mark No No
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 6 lenses per box,
immersed in a poloxamine solution
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 info $54 - $72 (6 lenses)
$55 - $70 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day info $0.30 - $0.40 (6 lenses)
$0.31 - $0.39 (6 lenses)
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Additional Resources (external)

U.S. National Library of Medicine - Comparison of Two Marketed Silicone Hydrogel Lenses
By: Alcon Research
Published: Oct, 2016

Lotrafilcon B with HydraGlyde moisture matrix or Samfilcon A: Contralateral comparison study for comfort
By: Nilay Yuksel, Derya Yaman - Department of Ophthalmology, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Published by: Taiwan Journal of Optometry - Wolters Kluwer - KnowMed - 2019


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