The Best Daily Contact Lenses in 2020
Updated: Feb 10, 2020
Over the last few years, daily replaceable contact lenses have continuously increased their share in a fast-growing contact lens market. And 2020 will be another year we will see the introduction of new daily disposable lenses. This isn't a surprise, as the advantages of wearing daily contact lenses are quite obvious. They don't require any cleaning routine as you just discard them at the end of the day. You can always carry a few extra boxes with you when you are on-the-go or while traveling. You don't have to worry about the handling as you just put them in once and start with a fresh pair every day. And with a fresh pair you reduce the risk of an eye infection.
All major contact lens manufacturers are offering daily replaceable lenses for all types of vision corrections and most of them carry two or even three daily lens families in their portfolio. So which daily disposable contact lenses are the best?
In order to come up with this best-in-class daily contact lens list, we looked at a bunch of criteria to ensure an unbiased ranking. First, on the technical side, we think it's important to evaluate material, water content, oxygen transmission, lens design, special features such as Class 1 UV blocking and unique wetting or manufacturing technologies. On the prescription side, we looked at available prescription parameters. And, last but not least, we gather consumer and practitioner feedback from reviews, ratings and their personal experiences. So here we go, in no particular order.
Table of Contents
- ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAY
- 1-DAY ACUVUE TruEye
- 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST
- Clariti 1 Day
- MyDay daily disposable
- Biotrue ONEday
- SofLens daily disposable
- PRECISION 1
- DAILIES TOTAL1
- DAILIES AquaComfort Plus
We are starting our list with daily disposable contact lenses from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (ACUVUE), a pioneer in the manufacturing of daily-disposable contacts going back to the '80s with the roll-out of 1-DAY ACUVUE®. A lot has changed since then: material, water content, and oxygen transmission just to name a few. And with the introduction of the very first silicone hydrogel daily lens called 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care set another major milestone. Silicone hydrogel based lenses offer a major advantage when compared to traditional lens materials. It manifests in their ability to let a high level of essential oxygen get through the lens material to your eyes, so they can breathe and stay white.
If you are wearing contact lenses, you most likely have heard of ACUVUE OASYS® which is one of the best-selling brands in the world. ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY with HydraLuxe are the latest member of the ACUVUE OASYS® family. They were added in 2016 and continue in the tradition of the OASYS brand using the same silicone material: Senofilcon A. A new wetting agent technology called Hydraluxe was added to the lens. ACUVUE OASYS® is also available as a daily lens for astigmatism. Both versions offer Class 1 UV blocking. Prescription parameters range from -12.00D to +8.00D with 0.5 steps after +-6.00D, which covers most patient's vision correction requirements and goes beyond the typical range most lenses offer.
As already mentioned, this was the world's very first daily lens with silicone hydrogel material. 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® was introduced back in 2008 in the UK and shortly after was successfully rolled out around the globe. While the oxygen transmission value (118 Dk/t), a parameter for measuring the ability to transfer oxygen through the lens, isn't the highest anymore when compared to other daily lenses that were introduced later, this lens is definitely time-tested. Through the addition of HydraClear, a wetting agent to increase moisture, Trueye overcomes the hydrophobic nature of silicone hydrogel lenses. And despite it's age and the advancements in contact lens technology, we think this is a great lens. And, like all other ACUVUE® lenses, TruEye® comes with outstanding UV blocking.
This daily lens can look back at a long history, as they were first made available in 2006. With a water embedding technology called Lacreon, they are available for all of the major vision correction types. Besides the myopic/hyperopic version, there is also 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST for Astigmatism and 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL. The lens material (Etalfilcon A) is an ionic hydrogel material (not silicone-based) which translates into a 58% water content, great for overall and end-of-day comfort.
CooperVision entered the market of daily replaceable silicone hydrogel contacts with the acquisition of Sauflon Inc, a UK company that manufactured daily silicone lenses as early as 2010. Coopervision offers three daily disposable product families (more than any other manufacturer) and two of them are Clariti and MyDay.
The Clarity 1 Day family - introduced in 2010 - with WetLoc offers a version for mono-vision, toric and multifocal. We also like the aspheric optical design, which reduces spherical aberration and halos, so we are adding this lens to our selection of best daily lenses.
This is the youngest member of the daily lenses that CooperVision offers. CooperVision introduced a new technology called Smart Silicone which increases the ability to transfer oxygen with less silicone in the material while maintaining a high level of water content. MyDay Daily Disposable is the first daily lens they rolled out with this impressive technology without requiring an additional wetting agent. It is available as a daily disposable mono-vision or toric lens.
Many eye care practitioners also like BioTrue and SofLens, two daily disposable lens families offered by Bausch & Lomb.
Like almost all recently launched daily lenses, Biotrue ONEday lenses are silicone hydrogel based and due to a wetting agent, provide a high level of hydration and oxygen transmission for added comfort and less dryness. The unique MoistureSeal technology is another highlight of these lenses as they maintain 95% of the lens moisture for a full 16 hours.
Aged well, we still - even in 2020 - like the SofLens daily disposable lenses for one main reason: price. They are one of the least expensive daily replaceable lenses you can find and win the category 'Best Daily Contact Lens for Budget Conscious Patients'. While they are not silicone based, they are a time-proven non-ionic polymer daily lens with a 59% water content and a very attractive price tag. The daily cost per eye for Soflens Dailies is in the $0.39 - $0.64 range, a price range usually reserved for monthly replaceable lenses.
If you have worn daily-wear lenses for many years, you probably came across CIBA Vision, a company that had entered the soft contact lens market in the early 80s, and later changed into Alcon Inc. Alcon's top daily contact lens product lines include the DAILIES AquaComfort Plus, the DAILIES Total1 and the brand-new PRECISION1.
PRECISION1 are Alcon's latest daily disposable lenses made with a silicone hydrogel material and a high Dk/t value for excellent breathability. Introduced last year, it's the first lens with Alcon's SmartSurface Technology.
And last but not least there is DAILIES TOTAL1, another one of our favorite daily lenses. At the upper spectrum of the price range of any of the daily disposable lens brands you can buy, DAILIES TOTAL1 is equipped with SmarTears, an ingredient that is similar to natural tears and integrated to support stabilizing the lipid layer of the tear film. This lens offers one of the highest levels of oxygen transmission that are available today. The Dk/t value of DAILIES TOTAL1 is 159 Dk/t.
DAILIES AquaComfort Plus are daily disposable lenses made of a non-ionic hydrogel material. We like the blink activated release of moisture through the use of a combination of wetting agents integrated into the lens matrix. Alcon calls this interesting technology AquaComfort Plus and is getting the water content to a remarkable 69%. So these lenses are a great option for people with dry eyes and while they are the 'oldest' of the three Alcon daily lenses, they still deserve a spot on our 2020 list.
Some of the lenses mentioned above are also available as a toric lens which is great news to patients with astigmatism. When comparing a toric lens to their mono-vision lens sibling, you will notice that the main characteristics such as lens material, water content, oxygen transmission and UV blocking are usually identical (except for the thickness). Our list of best toric contacts from each of the manufacturers above includes:
- ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAY for ASTIGMATISM
- Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism
- DAILIES AquaComfort Plus Toric
- MyDay Toric
For those of us using reading or progressive eyeglasses, daily disposable multifocal contacts are a great option. Whether you want to wear them all year round or just occasionally, our list of top multifocal lenses includes:
- 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST MULTIFOCAL
- Clariti 1 day multifocal
- Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia
- DAILIES TOTAL1 Multifocal
Learn more about this list covering the best daily contact lenses. Start with our Lens Advisor Tool or our cost-per-day comparison for myopic/hyperopic (short-/far-sightedness), toric or multifocal lenses and explore more about these products before your next visit to your eye care practitioner. There you will find many lens-to-lens comparisons available for each of the daily lenses covered in this article. They contain detailed spec sheets and ratings & consumer reviews and help you in the discussion with your eye doctor.