PRECISION1 versus ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAYDaily disposable soft contact lenses are taking the contact lens market by storm, and more so daily disposable silicone hydrogel lenses. PRECISION1 from Alcon got introduced in the spring of 2019 down-under and later in the US, while ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY was introduced in 2016. While Alcon released a clinical study pointing out the advantages of PRECISION1 over 1-DAY ACUVUE® Moist, it's time to compare PRECISION1 to the ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY, one of the contenders in the daily SiHy lens category - after all 1-DAY ACUVUE® Moist isn't a SiHy lens.

Key Differences

Let's start with the prescription-related parameters. Both lenses cover a wide range of sphere powers from -12.00D to + 8.00D. The replacement schedule (daily) and the wearing modality (daily - no overnight) are the same, however, ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY is available in two different base curves - 8.5 mm and 9.0 mm - while the base curve of PRECISION1 is 8.3 mm. If your eye care professional is prescribing ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY, he/she has a bit more flexibility choosing from two different base curves in the fitting process. Alcon might follow-up with another base curve later, but at the time of writing this (August 2018), it's the 8.3 mm base curve version that's available for now.

Both lenses feature a SiHy base material and the lenses are Class V lenses according to the proposed new lens classification by the FDA. The water content of PRECISION1 is 51% compared to 38% seen in the ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY spec sheet. This doesn't sound like a huge difference but Alcon's PRECISION1 features a new surface technology that increases the water content at the surface to 80% while keeping the water content at 51% in the core. According to Alcon, this technology (called SMARTSURFACE) is supposed to increase the wearing comfort throughout the day. Maintaining a high level of oxygen transmission while keeping the lenses moist is what manufacturers are aiming for.

Both lenses feature Class-1 UVA and UVB blocking. It's nice to see that Alcon has been adding UV blocking to the PRECISION1, a feature that has long been a staple of all ACUVUE lenses.

Cost Comparison

The cost of ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAY lenses, ranging from $0.99 to $1.36 per lens, is approximately 25% higher than the cost of PRECISION1 lenses, which range from $0.68 to $1.08 per lens.

PRECISION1 and ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY - Specs Side-by-Side

PRECISION1

ACUVUE® OASYS 1-DAY with HydraLuxe

Product Image PRECISION1 Acuvue Oasys 1-DAY
Price Comparison

Lowest prices found:

30 Pack: $33.00

90 Pack: $64.48

Lowest price found:

90 Pack: $86.79

Manufacturer Alcon Inc. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Release Date March 2019 (Australia)
September 2019 (US)
July 2020 (Canada)
Roll-out to other countries in 2020/21
July 2016
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Daily Daily
Wearing Details info Daily wear Daily wear
Sphere Powers -12.00D to -6.00D in 0.50 steps
-6.00D to +8.00D in 0.25 steps
-12.00D to +8.00D in 0.25 steps
and in 0.5 steps after +-6.00D
Base Curves info 8.3 mm 8.5 mm
9.0 mm
Diameters 14.2 mm 14.3 mm
Technical Parameters
FDA Group info V-B V-C
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Verofilcon  A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Lens Design Spherical Spherical
Wetting Agents info Yes
Copolymers of polyamidoamine and poly (acrylamide-acrylic) acid
Yes
- PVP
% of Material 49% 62%
Water Content 51% 38%
Center Thickness info 0.09 mm 0.085 mm
Oxygen Transmission info 100 Dk/t
90 Dk
121 Dk/t
Modulus info 0.6 MPa 0.72 MPa
Other Features
Special Features info
UV Blocking info Class 1
>90% UVA
>99% UVB
Class 1
>90% UVA
>99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption info No No
Visibility Tint Yes
Light Blue
(VISITINT®)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark No Yes
Packaging, Pricing and Offers
Packaging Details 30 lenses per box or
90 lenses per box
in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) with polymeric wetting agents
30 or 90 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
Price Range info $33 - $48 (30 lenses)
$64 - $97 (90 lenses)
$87 - $122 (90 lenses)
Cost per Day info $1.10 - $1.60 (30 lenses)
$0.72 - $1.08 (90 lenses)
$0.96 - $1.36 (90 lenses)
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