Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses are a type of lens that allow for multiple prescription strengths across the lens – kind of like bifocals or multifocal glasses. Here’s our review.
What Are Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses?
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses is a series of contact lenses created by Alcan – best known for their Air Optix family of contact lenses (and the Opti-Free contact lens solution).
What makes these lenses different from ordinary contacts? The difference is that you can have a range of prescription strengths blended across the lens. The contacts promise to work with your eyes’ natural function for “uninterrupted clear vision, near through far”.
The lenses are important for those who suffer from both near and farsightedness. In a condition called presbyopia, the eye’s ability to see close objects naturally declines over time. Even if you’ve never had vision problems in your life, you could start developing presbyopia around age 40. It cannot be prevented and almost everyone gets it at some point.
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses want to help manage your symptoms of presbyopia. Instead of taking reading glasses wherever you go, and placing those reading glasses over your contact lenses, you can have multi-focal lenses with multiple strengths and prescriptions.
Today, Air Optix Aqua Multifocal are the world’s number one selling multifocal lens.
How Do Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses Work?
The technology used in Air Optix Aqua Multifocal is called Precision Profile Design – which is the same technology used in other contact lenses from the company. Here’s how they work:
- Over time, the lens of your eye loses flexibility, making it difficult to focus on near objects
- Air Optix Aqua Multifocal contact lenses can be used by anyone – including those who have never worn corrective lenses in their lives, or those who have worn glasses/contacts for most of their lives
- The lenses have a unique Precision Profile Design that helps you see near, medium, and far objects easier than with any other type of contact lens
- The lenses have a smooth protective material on the surface that helps them maintain their integrity throughout the wearing period (you wear the contacts for 30 days)
- The surface promotes moisture retention while also protecting the lens against irritant deposits
Overall, these technologies allow wearers to see near, medium, and far objects without having to strain their eyes or rely on reading glasses
Symptoms of Presbyopia
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal are designed particularly for people who suffer from presbyopia. Symptoms of the condition include:
- Blurred vision at normal reading distances
- Needing to squint
- Fatigue, especially after doing close-up work for a moderate period of time
These symptoms can start to appear after 40, and then continue to worsen as you age. Your eyes are controlled by lenses and muscles. These lenses and muscles easily change shape when you’re younger. As you grow older, however, the lenses and muscles can become hard and sluggish, losing their ability to flex into focus. This can make it difficult to see things at close distances.
Remember: presbyopia happens to everyone. It’s a natural part of getting older.
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses Pricing
Lens prices vary slightly across retailers. There are a number of major contact lens providers available online today. Typically, here’s how pricing works out:
- 1 Box (6 Lenses Per Box): $68 to $80 per box
The cheapest price we could find online was $68 per box. However, you may have to buy four boxes at a time in order to access this low pricing. There are only 6 lenses in each box, and all of them have the same prescription – so you’ll need to order two separate boxes if you want to cover both your eyes.
Who Makes Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses?
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal is made by Alcon, the same company that makes other contact lenses as well as the Opti-Free contact lens cleaning solution.
Alcon has more than 25,000 associates in 75 countries around the world. The company is a global leader in eye care. They’re headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and were founded in 1996. Alcon is a division of Novartis.
To learn more about Alcon’s unique Air Optix Aqua Multifocal contact lenses, visit the company’s official product page.