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The best daily replacement contact lenses

Posted on 04 June 2017

Contact lenses have changed a lot since 1888 when the first successful hard contact lens was developed. It wasn't until 1960 that soft contact lenses were first introduced to the market and in the 1980s disposable contact lenses were first released. Until recently disposable contact lenses have been supplied with a recommended fortnightly or monthly replacement schedule. This unfortunately means that in wearers the lenses may become uncomfortable and dry from increased deposits on the lens surface towards the end of their wearing schedule. It is for this reason that daily replacement contact lenses have been developed.

What are the advantages of daily replacement contact lenses?
  • Since they are replaced after one wear there is not the same opportunity for daily wear lenses to develop deposits on the lens surface. A fresh lens is inserted in the eye every morning.
  • There is less chance of eye infection since there is less handling of the lens.
  • Wearers suffer from less dryness and irritation as the lenses tend to stay cleaner. 
  • if you regularly damage your contact lens they are more economical than fortnightly or monthly replacement lenses.
  • They have better visual performance as the lenses tend to stay cleaner and more deposit free.

contact lens casesBut even with daily replacement contact lens schedule some people tend to suffer from dry irritated eyes. So what are the best one day contact lenses?

Daily replacement contact lenses tend to fall into two categories: those made from a hydrogel material and those made from a silicon hydrogel material. Lenses made with a silicon hydrogel material tend to have greater oxygen permeability and there are numerous different patented materials each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

What are the five best one day disposable contact lenses?

Proclear 1 day contact lenses
The Proclear branded material in these contact lenses is called omafilcon A and is available in a spherical and multifocal version. The material is hydrogel based and specifically designed to maintain its water content during the day and reduced symptoms of dry eye and ocular irritation. The surface feels moderately slippery which is designed to reduce deposits. This is an excellent lens if you are unable to wear silicon hydrogel based contact lenses.

Dailies AquaComfort Plus
These lenses cover the full range of prescriptions as they are available in spherical, astigmatism and multifocal designs. The nelfilcon A material is hydrogel based and incorporates a lubricant called AquaComfort Plus which is impregnated in the matrix of the lens. This lubricant is released from the lens with each blink, resulting in the lens maintaining its moisture during each day's wear. 

BioTrue ONE day contact lenses
BioTrue contact lenses are available in both a spherical and presbyopia type. The Nesofilcon A material is hydrogel based and has a high water content approaching the water content of the cornea. Being a recent generation hydrogel lens, BioTrue incorporates a surface active macromer which forms a dehydration barrier to reduce dryness. The wetting agent at the lens surface has been called hypergel by Bausch+Lomb and maintains moisture in the lens up to 16 hours. Good vision is maintained by a UV inhibitor and high definition optics which reduces glare at nighttime.

MyDay daily disposable contact lenses
MyDay contact lens are manufactured from stenfilcon A which is a new generation silicon hydrogel. Being naturally wettable, the use of this material means that MyDay lenses maintain good hydration.  Channels in the matrix of the contact lens enable an oxygen permeability approaching that of a silicon hydrogel lens, with the excellent wettability of a hydrogel lens. Each lens also features an ultraviolet light filter. MyDay are currently only available in a spherical form.

Dailies Total 1 contact lenses
Total 1 lenses are available in both spherical and multifocal forms and are manufactured from delefilcon A, a genuinely novel silicon hydrogel material. This has a core water content of 33% and a water content on the surface which is approaching 100%. This is achieved with a gel like surface of the lens. The surface has an extremely low coefficient of friction and is very slippery which has the advantage of reducing the occurrence of lens deposits. However, it does make the lens difficult to remove unless your fingers are totally dry. It is a premium lens and is priced accordingly.

For those wearers who suffer ongoing dry eye the Dailies Total One contact lenses are certainly worth investing in. If for some reason you are unable to wear a silicon hydrogel type contact lens then your next option would be the BioTrue brand of lenses which are also resistant against deposits and drying.