Hubble versus ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAYOct 1, 2019

A comparison of Hubble from Vision Path Inc. and ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY from Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc.

We were first a little bit hesitant to even publish this comparison as it almost feels like comparing an 80's car to a brand new Tesla. Sure, the 80's car might have been solid back then, but as new technologies are developed and implemented, that once solid car doesn't look very solid anymore. This might be a far-fetched analogy, but it does give you a glimpse of what to expect when comparing ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY to Hubble, two daily disposable contact lenses. Just look at the spec sheets side by side and you will easily spot the differences. ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAY comes with a highly breathable silicone hydrogel material, the HydraLuxe technology and best-of-class UV blocking.

 

ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY with HydraLuxe
Hubble
Product Image Acuvue Oasys 1-DAY Hubble
Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. St.Shine Optical - Taiwan
Vision Path Inc.
Release Date July 2016 2016 (US)
1986 (FDA Approval)
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Daily Daily
Wearing Details Daily wear Daily
Available Sphere Powers -12.00D to +8.00D
(in 0.5 steps after +-6.00D)
-12.00D to -6.00D in 0.5 steps
-6.00D to +4.00D in 0.25 steps
+4.00D to +6.00D in 0.5 steps
Available Base Curves 8.5 mm
9.0 mm
8.6 mm
Available Diameters 14.3 mm 14.2 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V IV
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Ionic
(Methafilcon A)
Lens Type Spherical Spherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- PVP
Unknown
% of Material 62% 45%
% of Water 38% 55%
Center Thickness 0.085 mm 0.09 mm
Oxygen Transmission 121 Dk/t 19.5 Dk
Modulus 0.72 MPa Unknown
Other Features
Special Features - HydraLuxe Technology
- Thin edge design
UV Blocking Class 1
>90% UVA
>99% UVB
Class 2
80% UVA
95% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark Yes No
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 30 or 90 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
30 lenses per box, each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package. The box is 100% recyclable.
Price Range $78 - $87 (90 lenses) $15 (30 lenses)
$45 (90 lenses)
Cost per Day $0.87 - $0.97 (90 lenses) $0.50
Special Offers - U.S.




Special Offers - Canada

Conclusion:

Hubble's base material was approved by the FDA in 1986 and can be considered outdated. While the Hubble lenses do offer Class-2 UV blocking and are cheaper, one should always consider whether they are really worth their price? As per our research on the web, it appears that many eye care professionals would not recommend or prescribe Hubble lenses due to the 'inferior' material. The oxygen transmission parameter is very low and sensitive eyes might not respond well to that. And if you take a closer look at the cost, the difference is less than 40 cents per day and per eye - that's less than a cappuccino per week. And that's not even considering buying ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY in bulk or with an additional subscription discount from one of the popular online retailers. Last not least, and if you want to be that budget-conscious, you could consider a bi-weekly or monthly replaceable lens and stick to a rigid cleaning routine.

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