ACUVUE OASYS versus ACUVUE VITAWith ACUVUE OASYS® (introduced in 2005) and ACUVUE VITA® (introduced in 2016), we are comparing 2 popular non-daily-replaceable contact lenses from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

What's the Same?

Before we dive into differences, let's quickly look at the features the ACUVUE OASYS® and the ACUVUE VITA® share.

Material

ACUVUE OASYS® and ACUVUE VITA® are silicone hydrogel based contact lenses using a material called Senofilcon. This material is capable of letting a high level of oxygen through to the eye, which helps your eyes feel fresh even at the end of the day. The Oxygen Transmissibility parameter (also called Dk/t parameter) is identical for both lenses and with 147 Dk/t as high as other newer silicone hydrogel lenses in the market.

UV Blocking

The FDA classifies lenses into Class 1 and Class 2 lenses, based on their ability to block a certain level of harmful UVA and UVB rays. Both lenses are classified as Class 1 lenses, which means they are able to filter out more than 99% of UVB light and more than 90% of UVB light.

Tinting and Inside-out Mark

No difference here. ACUVUE OASYS® and ACUVUE VITA® are slightly blue-tinted contact lenses that don’t change the natural color of your eyes but help you to see them in the blister package or your small lens case. Inside-out Mark for ACUVUE OASYS and ACUVUE VITAAnd, both lenses have a 1-2-3 mark printed on the side of the lens to indicate whether the lens is turned inside out.

Prescription Parameters

With an identical diopter range, patients are covered if their prescription is between -12.00D and +8.00D.

What's Different?

While OASYS must be replaced every 2 weeks, VITA can be enjoyed up to a month before it needs to be tossed. This comes as a surprise, as the base material is the same, except for VITA using a newer version of Senofilcon. While this might be the main difference it also uses a different hydration technology called HydraMax while OASYS is using a Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) based wetting agent as part of the HYDRACLEAR® PLUS technology.

Let's have a quick look at the 2 product families. You'll notice that OASYS is currently available for all 3 major vision correction types. VITA doesn't offer a version for Presbyopia, so if you are looking for a multi-focal lens, you are out of luck with the VITA.

Product Families

ACUVUE OASYS® Family

ACUVUE VITA® Family

ACUVUE OASYS ACUVUE VITA
ACUVUE OASYS for ASTIGMATISM ACUVUE VITA for ASTIGMATISM
ACUVUE OASYS for PRESBYOPIA ACUVUE VITA® for Presbyopia
is not available yet

Replacement Schedule and Modality

ACUVUE OASYS® is a bi-weekly replaceable lens, so you typically buy a box of 6 or 12 lenses per eye and you are covered for a 3 month period or half a year. With ACUVUE VITA® you are looking at a monthly replaceable lens, so your lenses last for an entire month. Different than with daily lenses, you also need to purchase the appropriate cleaning solution and getting used to a rigid cleaning routine. Not everyone's favorite thing to do.

Packaging and Pricing

ACUVUE OASYS® and ACUVUE VITA® can be purchased in various box-sizes, containing 6,12 or 24 lenses. Assuming that you will have a different prescription for each eye, you would typically buy multiples of 2 boxes, and hence would be covered for 3 months, 6 months or a full year. It is worth to check volume discounts, especially when buying online, as prices can vary upon ordering multiple boxes or when signing up for ‘auto-refill’. Our spec sheet is also providing a ‘daily cost’ calculation and the price difference (while not huge) is a bit in favor of ACUVUE OASYS®.

ACUVUE OASYS® vs. ACUVUE VITA®: Specs Compared

 
ACUVUE OASYS®
ACUVUE® VITA®
Product Image Acuvue Oasys Acuvue Vita
Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Release Date 2005 June 2016
Prescription Parameters
Replacement Schedule Two weeks Monthly
Wearing Details Daily wear or
up to 6 consecutive nights extended wear
Daily wear
Available Sphere Powers -12.00D to -6.00D in 0.5 steps
-6.00D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps
+6.00D to +8.00D in 0.5 steps
-12.00D to +8.00D
(in 0.5 steps after +-6.00D)
Available Base Curves 8.4mm
8.8mm
8.4mm or 8.8mm
Available Diameters 14.0mm 14.5mm
Technical Parameters
Lens Material Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon A)
Silicone hydrogel
(Senofilcon C)
Lens Type Spherical Spherical
Wetting Agent Yes
- PVP
Yes
- PVP
% of Material 62% 59%
% of Water 38% 41%
Center Thickness 0.07mm 0.07mm
Oxygen Transmission 147 Dk/t 147 Dk/t
Modulus 0.7 MPa Unknown
Other Features
Special Features Internal wetting agent Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) using HYDRACLEAR® PLUS technology for better wettability and lens surface smoothness. - Hydramax for increased hydration
- Infinity Edge Design for additional comfort
UV Blocking Class 1
96% UVA
99% UVB
Class 1
>90% UVA
>99% UVB
Dynamic Light Absorption No
Visibility Tint Yes
(blue)
Yes
(blue)
Inside-out Mark Yes
(123)
Yes
(123)
Packaging, Pricing and Ratings
Packaging Details 6 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
6 lenses per box,
each lens in a foil-sealed plastic package
Online Retail Price $26 - $34 $42 - $60
Cost per Day $0.28 - $0.38 $0.23 - $0.33
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Bottom line: Which Lens Should You Get?

First of all, check with your eye care practitioner. Only she/he will be able to determine whether any of these lenses are right for you. And in case both are:

Consider ACUVUE VITA® if you want the latest technology with Senofilcon C and HydraMax.

Get ACUVUE OASYS® if you want to save a few bucks. Best case scenario: you save about 5 cents per day and eye, which adds up to about $35 in savings per year. And, with the time-tested OASYS you can start with a fresh pair every 2 weeks.

Have your tried both lenses? We would love to hear from you.