Biofinity Energys vs. Air Optix plus HydraGlyde
Biofinity Energys and Air Optix plus HydraGlyde are monthly replaceable contact lenses, representing the newest generation of silicone hydrogel lenses from CooperVision and Alcon Inc.. Biofinity Energys, introduced in 2017, builds on the heritage of Biofinity and Air Optix plus HydraGlyde (available since 2016) is the upgrade to the Air Optix Aqua product.
The slightly stiffer Air Optix with HydraGlyde lens utilizes a PVP/PEG-based wetting agent to store and control the water content. On the other hand, Biofinity Energys foregoes the use of a wetting agent. CooperVision decided to go without a wetting agent with many of their contact lens products. So, a higher oxygen transmission and water content value in the Biofinity Energys lens stand up against the slightly cheaper Air Optix with HydraGlyde using a wetting agent to keep the lenses wet and smooth. You can't tell one is better than the other by just looking at these parameters. Our eyes are all as unique as we are, so some of us might respond better to one of them. Ideally, you should try both if you can and if your eye doctor thinks they are an option. After all, the main prescription parameters are almost identical or very similar and that includes diameter, base curve and power range.
One final word: If you are looking for a multifocal version of these two lenses, you are out of luck (at least so far) with Biofinity Energys while Alcon just recently announced the availability of Air Optix with HydraGlyde Multifocal.
Biofinity Energys and Air Optix plus HydraGlyde: Spec Sheets
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