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Air Optix Aqua vs Biofinity
Medically reviewed by Sharon Copeland on 9 July 2021
Air Optix Aqua by Alcon & Ciba Vision and Biofinity by CooperVision are monthly contact lenses made from a silicone hydrogel material. Both these silicone hydrogel contact lenses can be worn as extended wear lenses for up to 6 nights and 7 days, if approved by your optician.
Want to know the differences? Take a look at our comparison table below.
|Air Optix Aqua||Biofinity|
|Manufacturer||Alcon & Ciba Vision||CooperVision|
|Wearing Details||Daily wear or extended wear for up to 6 consecutive nights||Daily wear or extended wear for up to 6 consecutive days and 7 nights|
|Sphere/ Powers||-/+6.00D to -8.00D in 0.25 steps
-8.50D to -10.00D in 0.5 steps
|-12.00D to +8.00D (in 0.5 steps after +/-6.00D)|
|Base Curves (B.C)||8.6mm||8.6mm|
|Lens Material||Silicone hydrogel
|% of Water||33%||48%|
|Oxygen Permeability||138 Dk/t||160 Dk/t|
|Benefits & Features|
|Packaging and Pricing|
|Packaging Details||3 lenses per box||3 lenses per box|
|Price per box||€14.25||€11.39|
Which is better Biofinity or Air Optix?
Biofinity contact lenses are suitable for patients that are looking for excellent health and comfort from a lens. These lenses can be worn daily or for up to 6 days and 7 nights continuously, in addition to being ideal for new wearers. These contact lenses can even be worn for up to 29 nights, if approved by your optician. Air Optix on the other hand can only be worn for 6 nights in a row.
Biofinity has a higher oxygen permeability than Air Optix Aqua. In addition to this, it caters for a wider prescription range with Biofinity XR and therefore could be considered a better lens for these reasons.
They both fall within a similar price range but with Biofinity also being slightly cheaper than Air Optix.
How does Biofinity compare to Air Optix?
Both Biofinty and Air Optix contact lenses are renowned for their comfort. However, they both utilise different technologies to achieve this.
Biofinity uses Aquaform Technology which delivers more moisture and oxygen to the eyes. It locks in water molecules to the contact lens for optimal hydration.
Air Optix on the other hand features SmartShield Technology which creates a hydrophilic environment that resists lipid deposits and boosts moisture.
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