AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® for Astigmatism monthly contact lenses give your consumers outstanding comfort – just like wearing their favourite pair of jeans.

Help new contact lens wearers avoid dryness and discomfort 

Eyeglass only wearers who used to wear contact lenses11

  • Non-astigmatic Patients 16 % 16 %
  • Non-astigmatic Patients 32% 32%

Common reasons for astigmatic consumers to drop out of contact lens wear:12



Poor vision

Help your new astigmatic consumers enjoy stable lens wear, 9‡ deposit resistance 1,2** and comfort from day 1 to day 31-4** with AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® for Astigmatism contact lenses.


Advanced SmartShield™ Technology keeps the contact lens clean
and comfortable throughout the wearing period.1-4**

SmartShield Technology enables comfort from day 1 to day 30 1-4** by creating a barrier against:

Lipid deposits 1,2**

Cosmetic creams 5†

Mascara 5†

Combining AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® contact lenses with HydraGlyde® lens care solutions enables less cholesterol buildup than competing brands. 6


In addition to SmartShield™ Technology, AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® for Astigmatism contact lenses feature the HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix for longer-lasting moisture. 7,8††

How Does HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix Work?

  • The wetting agent is absorbed by the lens surface.
  • The HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix interacts with SmartShield Technology, creating a hydrophilic environment to help attract and retain moisture. 7
  • This results in an envelope of longer-lasting moisture at the lens surface. 7,8††


AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® for Astigmatism contact lenses minimize oscillation and provide the on-eye stability astigmatic consumers need. 9‡

The Precision Balance 8|4™ Lens Design

Wide Coverage for Astigmatic Patients

  • Coverage for 98.9% of astigmatic eyes‡‡ with a spectacle cylinder of up to -3.00DC10

  • Coverage for 94.7% of all astigmatic eyes10‡‡

Offer AIR OPTIX®plus HydraGlyde® for Astigmatism contact lenses
for a successful first-time contact lens-wearing experience.

Give Your Astigmatic Consumers The HydraGlyde® Advantage

Combine AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® for Astigmatism contact lenses with a HydraGlyde® lens care solution for even more comfortable wear time.

3 MORE hours

OF COMFORTABLE WEAR TIME 9-11††,‡ with Alcon’s hydrogen peroxide solution.

2 MORE hours

OF COMFORTABLE WEAR TIME 9-11††,‡ with Alcon’s multipurpose solution.

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*Based on clinical studies with AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses.
**Based on clinical studies with AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses.
†Based on a clinical study with AIR OPTIX® AQUA and AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses.
††Demonstrated in AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® sphere lenses compared to AIR OPTIX® AQUA sphere contact lenses.
‡Based on a clinical study with AIR OPTIX® for Astigmatism contact lenses.
‡‡Astigmatic eyes are eyes with a spectacle cylinder of at least -0.75DC.
§Among symptomatic lens wearers, those who at baseline experienced end-of-day discomfort or had to remove their lenses earlier than they wished.
§§In separate studies, AIR OPTIX® AQUA contact lenses were tested with habitual multipurpose solution followed by 30 days of use with either OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® Multipurpose Disinfecting Solution or AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGlyde® Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution. In both studies, comfortable wear time with habitual multipurpose solution was measured at baseline, and with study solution at Day 30.
∂Eye exam may be required. Professional fees may apply.
AOSEPT® is a trademark of American Optical.
References: 1. Nash W, Gabriel M. Ex vivo analysis of cholesterol deposition for commercially available silicone hydrogel contact lenses using a fluorometric enzymatic assay. Eye Contact Lens. 2014;40(5):277-282. 2. Nash W, Gabriel M, Mowrey-Mckee M. A comparison of various silicone hydrogel lenses; lipid and protein deposition as a result of daily wear. Optom Vis Sci. 2010;87:E-abstract 105110. 3. Lemp J, Kern J. A comparison of real time and recall comfort assessments. Optom Vis Sci. 2016;93:E-abstract 165256. 4. Eiden SB, Davis R, Bergenske P. Prospective study of lotrafilcon B lenses comparing 2 versus 4 weeks of wear for objective and subjective measures of health, comfort and vision. Eye Contact Lens. 2013;39(4):290-294. 5. Luensmann D, Yu M, Yang J, Srinivasan S, Jones L. Impact of cosmetics on the physical dimension and optical performance of silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Eye Contact Lens. 2015;41(4):218-227. 6. Clinical assessment of a regimen of AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® silicone hydrogel lenses and HydraGlyde®-containing lens care solutions; Alcon data on file, 2017.
7. In vitro study over 16 hours to measure wetting substantivity; Alcon data on file, 2015. 8. Lemp J, Kern J. On-eye performance of lotrafilcon B lenses packaged with a substantive wetting agent. Poster presented at Optometry’s Meeting, the Annual Meeting of the American Optometric Association; June 21-25, 2017; Washington, D.C. 9. In a randomized, subject-masked, multi-site clinical study with over 150 patients; significance demonstrated at the 0.05 level; Alcon data on file, 2005. 10. Luensmann D, Schaeffer JL, Rumney NJ, Stanberry A, Walsh K, Jones L. Spectacle prescriptions review to determine prevalence of ametropia and coverage of frequent replacement soft toric contact lenses. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. In press. 11. The 2013 Gallup Study of the U.S. Consumer Contact Lens Market. Syndicated research study conducted by Multi-Sponsor Surveys Inc. under a license agreement with Gallup Inc. 12. In a survey of 1,012 contact lens dropouts aged 35-50; Alcon data on file, 2013. 13. Garofalo R, Lemp J. Clinical trial experience with OPTI-FREE PureMoist MPDS. Contact Lens Spectrum. Special edition. September 2011;44-48. 14. AIR OPTIX® AQUA comfortable wear time comparison of day 30 to baseline. C-09-074 Additional analyses; Alcon data on file, 2011. 15. In a multicenter, prospective, bilateral eye, randomised, crossover, double masked (to brand) study comparing two one-step hydrogen peroxide lens care solutions in symptomatic contact lens wearers; Alcon data on file, 2016. 16. Lemp J, Guillon M, Wang C-H, Patel K, Gupta R, Patel A. Fitting success of lotrafilcon B lenses with different packaging solutions. Poster presented at British Contact Lens Association 2017 Clinical Conference and Exhibition; June 9-11, 2017; Liverpool, UK. 17. Internal memo from the designers of the PRECISION BALANCE™ 8|4 toric contact lens design; Alcon data on file, 2018. 18. Brobst A, Wang C-H, Rappon J. Clinical comparison of the visual performance of silicone hydrogel toric lenses with different stabilization systems. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2009;32(5):243.

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