Updated: Feb 6, 2020

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
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Manufacturer Bausch & Lomb Inc. Alcon Inc.
Release Date 2014 Nov 2016 (US)
April 2016 (Europe)
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Monthly
Wearing Details 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 8.5 mm 8.6 mm
Diameters 14.2 mm 14.2 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Samfilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Lens Design Aspherical Aspherical
Wetting Agents Yes
% of Material 54% 67%
% of Water 46% 33%
Center Thickness 0.07 mm 0.08 mm
Oxygen Transmission 163 Dk/t 138 Dk/t
Modulus 0.7 MPa 1.0 MPa
Other Features
Special Features
UV Blocking Unknown No
Dynamic Light Absorption 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 $34 - $65 (6 lenses)
$36 - $64 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day $0.19 - $0.36 (6 lenses)
$0.20 - $0.36 (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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