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.

Biofinity Energys versus Air Optix plus HydraGlydeThe 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

Biofinity Energys

AIR OPTIX plus HydraGlyde

Product Image Biofinity Energys Air Optix plus HydraGlyde
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6 Pack: $41.19

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6 Pack: $41.99

Manufacturer CooperVision, Inc.
part of
The Cooper Companies Inc.
Alcon Inc.
Release Date Oct 2016 (Europe)
Jan 2017 (US)
Nov 2016 (US)
April 2016 (Europe)
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Monthly Monthly
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 nights or
7 days extended wear
Daily wear or
up to 6 nights extended wear
Sphere Powers -12.00D to +8.00D
(in 0.5 steps after +-6.00D)
+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 8.6 mm 8.6 mm
Diameters 14.0 mm 14.2 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Comfilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Lotrafilcon B)
Lens Design Aspherical Aspherical
Wetting Agents None Yes
% of Material 52% 67%
Water Content 48% 33%
Center Thickness 0.08 mm 0.08 mm
Oxygen Transmission 160 Dk/t 138 Dk/t
Modulus 0.75 MPa 1.0 MPa
Other Features
Special Features
UV Blocking No No
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
Light Blue
Inside-out Mark No No
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 6 lenses per box,
immersed in buffered 0.83% saline
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 $41 - $70 (6 lenses)
$42 - $72 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day $0.23 - $0.39 (6 lenses)
$0.23 - $0.40 (6 lenses)
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