Top 10 Daily Contact Lenses

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When getting your first contact lenses you might get a bit overwhelmed with the number of different options available. Depending on the type, contact lenses can be divided into two categories:

  1. Hard lenses – That are made of plastics and silicon. Hard lenses that are most commonly used today are rigid, gas-permable lenses. Good thing about these type of contacts is that they hold their shape, but also allow oxygen to pass though letting the cornea “breathe”. They are most commonly used to treat astigmatism since soft lenses won’t provide sharp vision, or if a person is suffering from allergies or if they have a problem with protein building up on their contacts.
  2. Soft lenses – That are made from hydrogels. A gel like, water containing plastics. These type of lenses are very thin and conform to the surface of the eye. Soft lenses are the most commonly used ones today.

Beside these two categories, contact lenses can also be grouped into other sub-categories like multifocal or bifocal, or extended-wear or disposable-wear lenses. In this post we’ll be talking about daily disposable lenses.

Before we jump into our top ten picks, a bit more on the difference between extended wear disposable lenses and daily disposable lenses.

Extended-wear lenses are worn overnight but are removed at least weekly for thorough cleaning and disinfection. They are being recommended less frequently, since there is a greater risk of corneal infection with any overnight wear of contact lenses.

Daily disposable lenses, typically referred to as 1-day lenses, are the least expensive. They are removed nightly and are replaced on a schedule depending on the individual an the therapy the person is on. They are NOT to be used as an extended-wear lenses because that can cause multiple complications like eye infection or, in some cases, permanent eye damage.

One more important note before we get to our lists. Please go see your ophthalmologist and get a prescription before purchasing any of the contact lenses. Many online stores won’t sell you a pack if you do not provide them with a copy of your prescription. This mechanism is in place in order to prevent any damage to your eyeballs and your eyesight.

Now, let’s jump into our top list.

1.1-Day Acuvue Moist

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Acuvue brand lenses (by Johnson & Johnson) are the leading brand of daily disposable lenses on the market. These contacts come in many different versions These contacts are available with correction for near and farsighted prescriptions.

These contact lenses utilize technology specific for Acuvue that helps eliminate the feeling of dry eyes by forming a cushion moisture. Also, they also help protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. Please note that this does not mean that you can use these contacts instead of eyeglasses because the contacts do not the cover the whole eyeball.

Let’s go over some pros and cons for these contact lenses:

Pros:

  • Thanks to Laceron technology, these contacts provide a cushion of moisture between the eye and the contacts.
  • Excellent price-to-quality ratio. Costing about $30 for a pack of 30, these contacts have an excellent price for their low cost

Cons:

  • You can suffer blurry vision and eye irritation if the contacts slip off to the side.
  • They might not be the best choice if you are already suffering from dry eyes.

2.Biotrue ONEday

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Biotrue ONEday contact lenses start and end the day with more moisture than leading daily disposables. They maintain 98% of their moisture throughout your active day. These contacts are perfect if you’re using digital devices, which may make your contact lenses feel dry and uncomfortable. They are made of a unique material that works like the eye to form a dehydration barrier providing excellent comfort. By utilizing high definition optics, Biotrue ONEday contacts ensure crisp and clear vision.

Biotrue ONEday contats help keep your eyes moisturized by mimicking the lipid layer of the tear film and forming a dehydration barrier. Like previous contacts, these also provide protection from UV radiation.

Let’s go over some pros and cons for these contact lenses:

Pros:

  • By utilizing high definition optics these contacts provide clear and crisp vision.
  • Thanks to moisture retaining properties, these contacts feel comfortable to wear.

Cons:

  • They can be a bit tricky to insert since these contacts are very soft.
  • If you are already suffering from dry eyes, these contacts might not be the best choice for you.

3.  1-Day Acuvue Define

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Besides providing all the features that regular Acuvue disposable contacts, these contacts also have a colored outer edge highlighting your natural eye color. If you want to make your eyes stand out of the crowd, then these contacts are perfect for you.

These contacts are not just cosmetic, they are also used to treat nearsightedness and farsightedness. Like the ones before, these also provide UV protection and also form a cushion of moisture between the eye and the contact lens ensuring comfort throughout your day.

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Due to the colored outer edge of the contacts they give your eyes a shimmer, boosting your natural eye color.
  • Thanks to Laceron technology, these contacts provide a cushion of moisture between the eye and the contacts.
  • Perfect when combined with makeup

Cons:

  • Some users have reported that contacts shipped in torn.
  • If you are already suffering from dry eyes, these contacts might not be the best choice for you.

4.    Clariti 1 Day contacts

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Made by CooperVision, Clarity 1 Day disposable contact lenses are the first and, currently, only contacts comprise of silicone hydrogel. Silicone hydrogel is a healthier alternative to regular hydrogel because it allows more oxygen to pass through the lens, minimizing the risk of eye irritation or infection.

Silicone hydrogel creates a highly “breathable” lens that provide whiter and brighter eyes.

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

Pros:

  • These contacts boast the highest content of water, up to 98%. Making these perfect for those people who have chronically dry eyes.
  • Excellent UV protection
  • Thanks to high definition optics, these contacts provide clear and crisp vision.

Cons:

  • You can only get the regular version of these contacts in a 90 pack, making these contacts a bit pricey.
  • Some users have complained that the contacts came torn in the packaging.

5.    1-Day Acuvue TruEye

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If you are already intensively wearing contacts, then these contacts are perfect for you. Specifically designed for those who wear contacts regularly. They provide excellent comfort and crisp vision. Utilizing Laceron technology, TruEye contacts form a cushion of moisture between the eye and the contacts minimizing eye irritation and ensuring comfort. These contacts are available for treating both farsightedness and nearsightedness, astigmatism as well.

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Thanks to Laceron technology, these contacts provide a cushion of moisture between the eye and the contacts.
  • Excellent UV protection

Cons:

  • Some users have reported that contacts shipped in torn.
  • If you are already suffering from dry eyes, these contacts might not be the best choice for you.

6.    Dailies AquaComfort Plus

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Dailies Aquacomfort plus are high quality lenses from Alcon. Blink activated technology help keep your eyes from drying out throughout the day, especially in air conditioned enviroments. Thanks to the ultra-thin design of each lens Aquacomfort plus contacts are comfortable and easy to wear.

Made utilizing Lightstream technology, these contacts ensure excellent performance throughout your working day. Thanks to moisturizing agents that are released over time, they also provide sustained comfort.

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

Pros:

  • They are comfortable to put in
  • They are very easy to put in
  • These contacts are easy on your eyes, making them perfect for those who suffer from chronically dry eyes.

Cons:

  • According to some user reviews these contacts are sometimes difficult to remove

7.    DAILIES Total 1room

Specifically designed to combat contact lens discomfort, Dailies Total 1 Water Gradient Silicone Hydrogel (SiHy) contact lenses are the first daily disposables to more than double water content from core to surface. This means your contacts will breathe more giving you longer-lasting comfort throughout the day.

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

  • Perfect for those who are experiencing dry eyes and irritation when wearing contacts.
  • Thanks to water gradient silicone hydrogel, Dailies Total 1 provide unmatched ability let your eyes “breathe”.

Cons:

  • Costing about $40, these contacts are not the cheapest on the market.
  • The lens is only available in minus spherical powers.
  • Wearing these contacts for more than 14 hours may cause some eye irritation.

8.    Extreme H2O Dailyroom

Some studies have indicated that 27% of patients have an HVID (Horizontal Visible Iris Diameter) lesser than 11.3 or higher than 12.4 and would greatly benefit from a small or large diameter.  If these patients are put in a standard 14.2 diameter, their lens will not fit them correctly resulting in a less comfortable wearing experience.

Manufactured by X-Cel Specialty Contacts, extremeH20 daily disposable contacts boast the feature that they come in three different sizes, ensuring the best fit for your eyes. Made of patented GMA/hydrogel copolymer hioxifilcon A has advanced hydration properties that allow it to retain 99% of its moisture. This ensures that the lenses have consistent level of moisture retained.

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Lenses do not shrink, tighten, or change shape on the eye.

  • Crisp, clear vision is provided throughout the entire wearing period.

  • Non-ionic material resists deposits, keeping lenses clear & free of unhealthy protein deposits.

Cons:

  • Prolonged wear may cause some eye irritation and dryness.

9.    FreshLook One Day

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From leading optical specialists Ciba Vision come FreshLook One Day contact lenses, daily colored contact lenses. They come in four different shades that complement and boost your natural eye color. These lenses are available for both cosmetic and prescription use.

Made from Neflicon A, these lenses are soft and flexible. They sit securely throughout the day and have a high water content to ensure that your eyes stay hydrated. The result is a fresh, healthy feeling and an eyes to kill for.

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

  • Very comfortable to wear due to high water content.
  • Easy to put in because they are made of soft and flexible material
  • They come in four different shades

Cons:

  • Wearing these contacts for longer than 12 hours may cause some eye irritation and dryness.

10. Proclear 1 Day

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Made by CooperVision, Proclear 1-Day Compatibles contacts are made from a next generation, biocompatible soft contact lens material called PC Hydrogel. Thanks to exclusive PC Technology, water molecules are actually part of the lenses, creating a natural resistance to dryness.

Interestingly enough these contacts are the only contact lenses cleared by the U.S. FDA for the claim: “may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear.”

Let’s go over some pros and cons:

  • These contacts are extremely comfortable to wear due to their high water
  • Excellent price-to-quality ration. Costing around $22 there are very little other contacts that can match the price and quality.

Cons:

  • A bit difficult to put in.
  • Prolonged wearing may cause some eye irritation.

Bottom line

I can’t stress this enough, but before purchasing your first contacts you must visit your ophthalmologist and get a prescription. Eyesight is one of, if not, the most important sensory organ. Anything that might impact your eyesight might also be harmful to your professional life.

This is the best period in history to have eyesight problems. As harsh as that sounds, the technology today has come a far away from what it used to be. There are many new technologies on the horizon that will make contacts even more comfortable and overall useful. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll have some form of Google contacts.

 

Stanley Kessinger