A head-to-head comparison of DAILIES AquaComfort Plus and Focus DAILIES - both manufactured by Alcon Laboratories, Inc. a Novartis company.
Focus DAILIES were introduced in the early 2000s by CIBA Vision, long before the company got acquired by Alcon Laboratories 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.
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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