How much does it cost to wear contact lenses? Is there a difference between wearing monthly or weekly replaceable lenses and daily disposable contact lenses? And are there any differences between the major brand manufacturers?

We've put together a table showing the daily cost per eye for the most popular lenses on the market. This comparison of lenses for myopia/hyperopia is shedding some light on the true cost. For lens wearers with astigmatism or presbyopia, we also put together a cost comparison of lenses for astigmatism as well as a comparison of multifocal lenses

How we calculated the daily cost: We took an average retail price and used the typical replacement schedule for the lens. For example, a daily disposable lens might cost $33 per box, containing 30 lenses, and as such, the daily cost per eye is $1.10. In order to keep it simple, we excluded the cost of other items, such as cleaning solutions that are required for weekly or monthly lenses. They are not a significant factor in the overall cost calculation.

Cost Comparison of Lenses for Myopia or Hyperopia

   

NameReplace
Lenses/Box
Cost per
Day & Eye
1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST
1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST
Daily
30 lenses
$0.77 - $1.00
1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST
1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST
Daily
90 lenses
$0.62 - $0.78
1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®
1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®
Daily
30 lenses
$1.10 - $1.50
1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®
1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®
Daily
90 lenses
$0.83 - $1.05
ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY with HydraLuxe
ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY with HydraLuxe
Daily
90 lenses
$0.87 - $0.97
ACUVUE® VITA®
ACUVUE® VITA®
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.23 - $0.33
ACUVUE® 2
ACUVUE® 2
Bi-weekly
6 lenses
$0.20 - $0.38
ACUVUE OASYS®
ACUVUE OASYS®
Bi-weekly
6 lenses
$0.28 - $0.38
AIR OPTIX AQUA
AIR OPTIX AQUA
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.17 - $0.28
AIR OPTIX NIGHT & DAY AQUA
AIR OPTIX NIGHT & DAY AQUA
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.26 - $0.39
AIR OPTIX plus HydraGlyde
AIR OPTIX plus HydraGlyde
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.20 - $0.25
Avaira Vitality
Avaira Vitality
Bi-weekly
6 lenses
$0.33 - $0.39
Bausch + Lomb ULTRA
Bausch + Lomb ULTRA
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.22 - $0.33
Biofinity
Biofinity
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.19 - $0.28
Biofinity Energys
Biofinity Energys
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.22 - $0.28
Biotrue ONEday
Biotrue ONEday
Daily
30 lenses
$0.73 - $1.33
Biotrue ONEday
Biotrue ONEday
Daily
90 lenses
$0.59 - $0.83
Clariti 1 Day
Clariti 1 Day
Daily
90 lenses
$0.71 - $0.83
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus
Daily
30 lenses
$0.83 - $0.93
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus
Daily
90 lenses
$0.56 - $0.67
DAILIES TOTAL1
DAILIES TOTAL1
Daily
30 lenses
$1.26 - $1.50
DAILIES TOTAL1
DAILIES TOTAL1
Daily
90 lenses
$0.89 - $1.11
MyDay daily disposable
MyDay daily disposable
Daily
90 lenses
$0.89 - $1.00
Proclear 1 day
Proclear 1 day
Daily
30 lenses
$0.83 - $1.10
Proclear 1 day
Proclear 1 day
Daily
90 lenses
$0.61 - $0.72
PureVision
PureVision
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.17 - $0.38
PureVision2
PureVision2
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.17 - $0.29
SofLens 38
SofLens 38
Monthly
6 lenses
$0.10 - $0.16
SofLens Dailies
SofLens Dailies
Daily
6 lenses
$0.39 - $0.64