In surfing the web today, I found out that in Europe (at least some parts of\nit) there is a new silicon hydrogel multifocal available, the AirOptix Aqua\nMultifocal by Ciba. If you look at online contact lens vendors in\nSwitzerland or Germany, for instance, you can see it. You can also see it on\nCiba's site for those countries.\n\nHowever, it does not appear on Ciba's US site, nor sold by any US vendors,\nAFAIK.\n\nTherefore, a new silicon hydrogel multifocal, to join the Purevision and\nOasys multifocals.\n\nDoes anyone here have any idea when it will be available in the USA, if\never? Is it currently going through the FDA approval process? (Does the FDA\nalways take longer to approve things than similar agencies in other\ncountries? If so, does that mean they are more thorough in their tests, or\njust a slower bureaucracy?)\n\nIs there anyone reading who has tried these, either as prescriber or\npatient, who could compare them with the others?\n\nit looks like they are available with three levels of Add-\-low, medium, and\nhigh. If I recall correctly, the PVs only come in two levels, low and high.\nWith three levels, is it possible that the high add level of these AOA MFs\nmight provide a higher level of presbyopia correction than the high add on\nthe PVs?\n\nAnyhow, I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who knows anything about\nthem, has had any experience with them, any info about when they will be\navailable in the USA, etc.\n\nThank you in advance.