Here is a quick guide of the best contact lenses, broken down by categories that I preferred and used this year. These are all my go-to lenses but there are some exciting new additions this year!
In this article, I will break down my favorite contact lenses based on their modality and usage. There are so many contact lenses out in the market that it can get confusing to choose the best lens for our patients, thus this guide will provide some more insight into these contact lenses.
Best daily contact lenses
Daily contact lens wearers are either your longer-duration wearers or those who wear these lenses for specific occasions/sports. Thus comfort and hydration are key when choosing the best daily contact lens. Alcon DAILIES TOTAL1® takes the award for being the best daily contact lens. With a surface water content of over 80% and a dk/t of 156, it an excellent lens for those with dry eyes as well.
DAILIES TOTAL1 does get strong competition from the ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day with HydraLuxe® with patients really preferring the comfort for long-duration use. With a water content of 38% and a dk/t of 121, it also happens to have one of the highest levels of UV protection as it blocks 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB. This makes these lenses a great choice for those requiring dailies lenses for outdoor sports!
Best Biweekly contact lenses with best value for money offer!
ACUVUE OASYS® with HYDRACLEAR® PLUS Technology offers a great option for those looking for comfort and fit of dailies lenses but not planning to break the bank with the price of dailies. This biweekly lens has an embedded wetting agent throughout the lens matrix thus it may help to reduce dryness symptoms caused by staring at digital screens.
Best monthly contact lens
With a water content of 33% and dk/t 138, AIR OPTIX®plus HydraGlyde® is taking a strong spot on being a great monthly wear contact lens. Due to the HydraGlyde®Moisture Matrix Technology, the lens stays surrounded with long-lasting surface moisture keeping its surface hydrated for long durations. It also has SmartShield®Technology that creates a cholesterol deposit resistance throughout the lens, thus stopping any lens parameter changes caused due to cosmetic cream, make-up remover, or mascara.
Best new contact lens!
PRECISION1® is a brand new lens design from Alcon specifically made for the new wearers to reduce contact lens drop out. According to Alcon, the three main reasons why a contact lens is dropped out by a patient include poor vision, poor comfort, and handling issues. PRECISION1® addresses all these issues as, after a three-month clinical trial, nine out of ten patients reported precise vision, dependable comfort, and ease of handling. Alcon also used its experience with its water surface technology on DAILIES TOTAL 1 and used these lenses to get a surface water content of over 80%.
Best COLOR contact lenses!
PS: Best COLOUR contact lenses might be different for us Canadians!
We occasionally get patients who are interested in wearing color contacts either for special occasions or daily use, thus we need to make sure they get their preferred colors with the best comfort and safety. AIR OPTIX®COLORS is definitely one of my favorites as patients get a variety of color options from an established brand of contact lenses. They have twelve color enhancements with varying levels of brightness and a dk/t of 138 thus offering comfort. It also has a 3-in-1 Color Technology which offers a natural appearance as that is one of the key features which patients look for along with the shade of color.
The 3-in-1 Technology for natural appearance
They also come in Dailies!
Alcon does offer the newly released DAILIES® COLORS contact lenses as well. I personally have not used them on patients yet, but definitely something worth exploring!
Best multifocal lenses for those with astigmatism!
Gone are the days when you had to tell a presbyopic patient with astigmatism that it's best for them to continue wearing reading glasses with distance contact lenses because here comes Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Multifocal for Astigmatism! One of my favorite lenses for presbyopic patients with higher astigmatism. Its 3-Zone Progressive Design and OpticAlign design offers consistent power and minimized lens rotation. Its cylinder power includes: -0.75D, -1.25D, -1.75D with the following add powers: Low +0.75D to +1.50D and High +1.75D to +2.50D. Here is the fitting guide!
Best contact lenses for those with higher prescriptions
An undisputed winner for the past few years in our top contact lenses of the year list (2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020). An established brand and a tested and proven contact lens, Biofinity® XR & Biofinity® XR Toric are one of the best contact lenses for these patients. With a power range of +15.00D to -20.00D for Biofinity XR and a cylindrical power range of -0.75 to -5.75 with -0.50 steps for Biofinity XR Toric, it gives a wide range of power selection.
Make sure you're encouraging your patients to recycle their contact lenses!
Bausch + Lomb has a recycling program called ONE by ONE Recycling Program which allows used contact lenses and packaging to be recycled properly! Similar program in Canada is called Bausch + Lomb Every Contact Counts. Here is how you and your patients can sign up!
Contact lenses are a great option for anyone interested and with so many options available, we can try multiple varieties to suit our patient’s needs. These are just some of my favorites but trying out other varieties is always exciting!