A comparison of ACUVUE OASYS® and Bausch + Lomb ULTRA: What's the difference?

ACUVUE OASYS versus Bausch+Lomb ULTRAJohnson and Johnson Vision Care revealed ACUVUE OASYS® back in 2005 while the Bausch+Lomb ULTRA was introduced almost 10 years later in 2014. The ULTRA comes with an exceptional ability to let oxygen pass through the lens. Its value of 163 Dk/t compares to 147 Dk/t in the OASYS - and the latter one is still a very good value. Both lenses use a PVP-based wetting agent to bind and hold water and to increase comfort. While the initial water content of the ULTRA is higher than the one in the OASYS, OASYS features Class 1 UV blocking, something the ULTRA lacks. Don't get confused when looking at the cost of a 6-lens pack, as ACUVUE OASYS is a bi-weekly lens while a Bausch+Lomb ULTRA lens lasts for an entire month. Hence we need to look at the total cost per day, and as such, the price difference is small, with a tiny advantage for the ULTRA.

ACUVUE OASYS® and Bausch + Lomb ULTRA - Spec Sheets

Bausch + Lomb ULTRA
Product Image Acuvue Oasys Bausch + Lomb ULTRA
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Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Release Date 2005 2014
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Two weeks Monthly
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 consecutive nights extended wear
Daily wear
Sphere Powers -12.00D to -6.00D in 0.5 steps
-6.00D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps
+6.00D to +8.00D in 0.5 steps
+6.00 to -6.00D in 0.25 steps
-6.00D to -12.00D in 0.5 steps
Base Curves 8.4 mm
8.8 mm
8.5 mm
Diameters 14.0 mm 14.2 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group V V
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Samfilcon A)
Lens Design Spherical Aspherical
Wetting Agents Yes
% of Material 62% 54%
% of Water 38% 46%
Center Thickness 0.07 mm 0.07 mm
Oxygen Transmission 147 Dk/t 163 Dk/t
Modulus 0.7 MPa 0.7 MPa
Other Features
Special Features
UV Blocking Class 1
96% UVA
99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(light blue)
Inside-out Mark Yes
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 6 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
6 lenses per box,
immersed in a poloxamine solution
Price Range $59 - $86 (12 lenses)
$102 - $166 (24 lenses)
$34 - $65 (6 lenses)
Cost per Day $0.35 - $0.51 (12 lenses)
$0.30 - $0.49 (24 lenses)
$0.19 - $0.36 (6 lenses)
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