There is nothing mysterious about wearing contact lenses. It simply changed the way I see and the way I look.
I had no idea multi-focal contacts would work that well. But I was convinced after my first set of trial lenses.
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How much does it cost to wear contact lenses? Is there a difference between wearing monthly or weekly replaceable lenses and daily disposable contact lenses? And are there any differences between the major brand manufacturers?
We've put together a table showing the daily cost per eye for the most popular lenses on the market. This comparison of lenses for myopia/hyperopia is shedding some light on the true cost. For lens wearers with astigmatism or presbyopia, we also put together a cost comparison of lenses for astigmatism as well as a comparison of multifocal lenses.
September 11, 2018
Patients with presbyopia have now access to another multifocal contact lens from Alcon Inc.. Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal is the latest contact lens featuring HydraGlyde and SmartShield technology. HydraGlyde, a unique surface moisture technology utilizing a PVP/PEG-based wetting agent, was originally rolled out in 2016 with the non-presbyopic version, Air Optix plus HydraGlyde. In combination with the SmartShield Technology, lens wearers will benefit from the long lasting comfort and enhanced lipid deposit resistance throughout the day.
Starting in October 2018, Air Optix plus HydraGlyde Multifocal will be rolled out to eye care practitioners nationwide and internationally. The official press release from Alcon can be found on Alcon's website.
2019 is another exciting year for the contact lens industry, for patients and for eye care professionals around the globe. It marks the first time a contact lens will offer auto-light-adjustment capabilities. Hard to imagine, but yes, these lenses will automatically adapt to changing lighting conditions. This has been available for a long time for glasses, but not for contact lenses, and ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions® is first of its kind. Johnson & Johnson Vision received FDA pre-market approval for ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions® on April 10, 2018.
With ACUVUE OASYS® and 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST we are comparing the mono-vision contact lenses of the two main product families from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Johnson and Johnson Vision Care is one of, if not THE market leader in the contact lens industry and the ACUVUE brand is well known and highly respected by millions of patients around the globe.
Like 1-DAY ACUVUE TruEye®, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care's ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY is a high-performance silicone hydrogel contact lens. They are both made with a water-loving, hydrophilic material that has the ability to absorb water while the silicone hydrogel base material ensures a high level of oxygen transmissibility. This combination makes the lenses soft and comfortable so that the eyes can stay fresh. Introduced in 2009, 1-DAY ACUVUE TruEye® is using Narafilcon A, while ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY which was introduced in 2016, uses Senofilcon A, a material also found in the time-tested ACUVUE OASYS® product family. Both lenses feature Class-1 UVA and UVB blocking.
Over the last few years, daily replaceable contact lenses have continuously increased their share in a fast-growing contact lens market. This isn't a surprise, as the advantages of wearing daily contact lenses are quite obvious. They don't require any cleaning routine as you just discard them at the end of the day. You can always carry a few extra boxes with you when you are on-the-go or while traveling. You don't have to worry about the handling as you just put them in once and start with a fresh pair every day. And with a fresh pair you reduce the risk of an eye infection.
Every major contact lens manufacturer is now offering daily replaceable lenses for all types of vision corrections and most of them carry two or even three daily lens families in their portfolio. So which daily disposable contact lenses are the best?
2018 was another exciting year for the industry with new product introductions, various company acquisitions and improved/new online experiences for all contact lens patients around the world.
We believe this innovation trend will accelerate even more in 2019, and so we are coming up with a list of exciting predictions what we believe will stir up the industry.
WHAT ABOUT LENS CARE?
The most convenient way is to go with daily disposable lenses. You insert them in the morning and toss them in the evening. No cleaning, no storing and a fresh pair every day. And if you are more budget conscious, choose weekly or monthly replaceable lenses. After all, the lens cleaning routine is not that complicated.
READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?
Every eye is different. Make an appointment with an Eye Care Practitioner. They are the experts and only they can determine the accurate prescription parameters and provide you with the right alternatives. Ask for a free trial - most manufacturers offer free trial lenses. That way you can try out different lens options, and find out which lens works best for you.