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Deciding on a Daily Disposable Contact Lens

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Familiarize yourself with four factors optometrists can consider when selecting a daily disposable contact lens.

Deciding on a Daily Disposable Contact Lens
When I’m prescribing soft contact lenses, I always consider a daily disposable option first. Daily options result in less complications,1-3 better compliance,4-6 and improved overall comfort.7
For the patient, daily disposable options also mean more convenient, hassle-free contact lenses wear. Just a few years ago, daily disposable options may have been reserved for patients with unique comfort struggles, straightforward prescriptions, and/or seemingly limitless budgets.
In today’s contact lens market, however, there are multiple daily disposable options for most patients’ prescriptions and budgets. In 2023, it is easier than ever to default to a daily.

Factors to consider when selecting a daily disposable contact lens

The expansion of daily disposable soft contact lens options has allowed eyecare providers (ECPs) to offer new levels of comfort, convenience, and ocular health to their patients. This explosion in options, however, can seem overwhelming.
When a new wearer is in the exam chair or when a reusable wearer is ready to make the switch to a daily disposable modality, how can an ECP choose the best lens from the large pool of options?
Read on for tips on what to ponder when choosing a daily disposable:

Parameter availability

In today’s market, most daily disposable brands include spherical, toric, and multifocal parameter options. This means a fitter can usually address spherical, astigmatic, and presbyopic needs within the same brand. For some, however, there may only be a combination of spherical/multifocal or spherical/toric parameter options.
This isn’t a deal breaker for fitting a patient, but being aware of those types of limitations at the start of the fit can help you avoid troubleshooting issues down the line. While parameter availability for things like high hyperopic or myopic powers, cylinder magnitude, and axis availability have expanded and increased in recent years, not every brand offers parameter perks like extra high plus or minus powers and/or cylinder magnitudes above 2.25 diopters.
When patients with these unique parameter needs arise, utilizing searchable contact lens parameter resources like Tyler’s Quarterly,, and EyeDock can help to quickly identify daily disposable brands that will meet that patient’s needs.

Once a few of these patients with unique parameter needs have been encountered, it is easy to remember what brand solutions work best when those needs arise again in the future.

Cost considerations

A patient’s first question when offered to switch to or initiate a daily disposable modality is often, “How much do they cost?” As more daily disposable brand options have become available, we have started to see a much wider range of price points. For most manufacturers, excellent options exist at both entry-level and premium price points.
Most major soft contact lens manufacturers offer at least two brand options for daily disposables. When comparing the prices of those options within a manufacturer’s portfolio, you can often identify premium products and at least one more cost-effective option.
For example, Johnson & Johnson offers 1-Day Acuvue Moist at a lower price point than their Acuvue Oasys 1-Day and Acuvue Oasys 1-Day MAX. All of these brands offer a wide range of parameters and have proven comfort performance.
This means that if starting with a premium product is not realistic for the patient from a cost perspective, choosing a more approachable, entry-level price point lens will still result in successful daily disposable wear.

Comfort comparisons between daily disposable contact lenses

Cost conversations frequently coincide with comfort considerations in daily disposable contact lens wear. When considering cost, it is important first to acknowledge the costs a daily disposable wearer of any brand will not incur.
Compared to wearers of monthly or biweekly replacement lenses, daily disposable wearers do not have to purchase lens accessories like contact lens solutions and cases—resulting in significant savings over the course of a year.
Products that have more sophisticated technology to target and optimize the lens’ interaction with the tear film and ocular surface are often more expensive than their predecessors. This doesn’t mean, however, that a premium lens that offers unmatched comfort is not an option for a patient on a budget.
When comfort is a priority for a patient, it is helpful to let them experience the comfort difference between an entry-level option and a more premium product. Allow the patient to take home trials of both brands and try them out in their everyday life. If the premium brand provides better comfort, experiencing that in the real world will help justify and rationalize the cost.

If the patient finds no significant comfort difference between the brands, then they can enjoy those cost savings. Either way, good comfort is achieved and the patient is confident in their investment.

Special features

As new daily disposable options are developed, they are accompanied by special features that differentiate them from similar brands in the category. This can make the fitting process more interesting and personalized to the patient. For every daily disposable, comfort is a primary feature target.
Most new products offer innovative technologies that optimize how the lens integrates with the ocular surface. Additionally, comfort isn’t the only upgraded feature patients can enjoy in daily disposable designs; newer daily disposable options also offer advanced optical designs and other upgraded features.
For example, 1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal and Acuvue Oasys 1-Day MAX Multifocal both offer unique pupil-optimized multifocal designs that consider the patient’s refractive error and age in the optic zone size. Other innovative features like the blue light filter in Acuvue Oasys 1-Day MAX allow it to reduce light scatter, optimizing visual quality.
Being aware of these unique features can allow an ECP to elevate the daily disposable fitting experience beyond just comfort.


As the contact lens market continues to evolve and progress, daily disposable options should be the foundation of an ECP’s soft contact lens prescriptions.
Understanding parameter limits and cost concerns and staying up to date on the advanced technologies this modality can offer will lead to successful fits and healthy, lifelong contact lens wearers.
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Erin Rueff, OD, PhD, FAAO
About Erin Rueff, OD, PhD, FAAO

Dr. Erin Rueff received her Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Optometry. Upon graduation, she completed the Cornea and Contact Lens Advanced Practice Fellowship at OSU. After fellowship, she continued at OSU as a clinical instructor and completed a PhD in Vision Science. In 2018, she joined the faculty at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Dr. Rueff’s research interests include contact lens discomfort and compliance. She enjoys teaching students in the clinic and classroom on contact lens and general optometry topics. Her clinical interests include multifocals, gas permeable and scleral contact lenses, keratoconus, and dry eye.

Erin Rueff, OD, PhD, FAAO
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