DAILIES AquaComfort versus Focus DAILIESA head-to-head comparison of DAILIES AquaComfort Plus and Focus DAILIES - both manufactured by Alcon Inc. a Novartis company.
Focus DAILIES were introduced in the early 2000s by CIBA Vision, long before the company got acquired by Alcon Inc. It was one of CIBA Vision's top daily contact lenses and this continues today with DAILIES AquaComfort Plus, which was first made available in 2009. The two lenses are almost like twins when looking at each of the spec sheets.

Let's start with the prescription parameters which are identical. You can get into these lenses if you need vision correction between +10.00D and -6.00D with a tiny difference in the base curve and diameter parameters. The base material of DAILIES AquaComfort plus and the phased out Focus DAILIES is Nelfilcon A, a time-tested non-ionic hydrogel. Combined with various wetting agent technologies, both lenses get to a 69% water content.

For ease-of-use, both lenses are tinted in blue and with a daily cost per day of around $0.53 to $0.63, you can get into daily replaceable contacts for much less than with other lenses on the market.

 

 
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus
Focus DAILIES
Product Image Dailies AquaComfort Plus Focus Dailies
Manufacturer Alcon Inc. CIBA VISION® Corporation,
now Alcon Inc.
Release Date 2009 2002
(date unconfirmed)
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Daily Daily
Wearing Details Daily wear Daily wear
Available Sphere Powers +0.50D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps
-0.50D to -6.00D in 0.25 steps
-6.50D to -10.00D in 0.50 steps
+0.50D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps
-0.50D to -6.00D in 0.25 steps
-6.50D to -10.00D in 0.50 steps
Available Base Curves 8.7mm 8.6mm
Available Diameters 14.0mm 13.8mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group II II
Lens Material Non-ionic hydrogel
(Nelfilcon A)
Non-ionic hydrogel
(Nelfilcon A)
Lens Type Spherical Spherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- HPMC
- PEG
- PVA
Yes
- PEG
% of Material 31% 31%
% of Water 69% 69%
Center Thickness 0.10mm 0.10mm
Oxygen Transmission 26 Dk/t 26 Dk/t
Modulus 0.5 MPa 0.90 MPa
Other Features
Special Features Triple Action Moisture
AquaComfort® Technology
Lightstream Technology™ for a thin edge
AquaComfort® Technology
Lightstream Technology™ for a thin edge
UV Blocking No No
Dynamic Light Absorption No No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark Yes
(OK)
Unknown
Packaging, Pricing and Ratings
Packaging Details 30 lenses per box or
90 lenses per box
30 lenses per box or
90 lenses per box in
Phosphate-acetate buffered saline solution with up to 0.02% Poloxamer 108
Price Range $25 - $28 (30 lenses)
$50 - $60 (90 lenses)
$20 - $25 (30 lenses)
$44 - $53 (90 lenses)
Cost per Day $0.83 - $0.93 (30 lenses)
$0.56 - $0.67 (90 lenses)
$0.67 - $0.83 (30 lenses)
$0.49 - $0.59 (90 lenses)
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Our Conclusion

These two daily disposable lenses from the same manufacturer look remarkably similar on paper using the same base material: A non-ionic hydrogel called Nelfilcon A. Most technical parameters are the same or very similar and Alcon kept the daily cost per eye stable when they introduced DAILIES AquaComfort Plus.

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