Give yourself the gift of clear and comfortable vision in 2023 with the best daily, monthly and extended wear contact lenses, eye drops and solutions. Whether you're looking to take the leap from monthlies to dailies, or are simply wondering if you've been using the best toric contact lenses for astigmatism: we've put together a list of the best tried-and-tested contact lenses and products that our customers love.
Best contact lenses for value
There's no doubt that this year, everclear ADM will remain the best contact lenses for value. Designed to keep your eyes comfortable and moisturised throughout the day, these lenses are exclusive to Vision Direct. Manufactured with the latest generation of hydrogel material offering high and sustainable water content, everclear ADM ensures optimum hydration and comfort, making them ideal for new wearers.
everclear ADM is highly affordable, and an excellent daily and hygienic option. An additional benefit is a UV filter, which protects your eyes against the damaging and harmful sun rays.
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Best all-round contact lenses
Standing out as an exceptional all-rounder, everclear Elite are remarkably comfortable daily disposable lenses. Made from a silicone hydrogel material, which allows oxygen to pass through, these lenses ensure healthy eyes for up to 12 hours a day.
Exclusive to Vision Direct, everclear Elite is ideal for dry eyes, securely locking in moisture, promising an irritation-free wearing experience. Adding an extra layer of defence against harmful light, these lenses also provide UV blocking.
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Best contact lenses for dry eyes
Dailies Total 1 is considered by many to be the best contact lenses for dry or sensitive eyes. Dry eyes are the most common pain point among contact lens wearers, as they can really compromise comfort and clear vision.
Dailies Total 1 will offer you soothing comfort around the clock - you'll no longer need to constantly apply eye drops to make it to the end of the day. Try these daily lenses, also available as a 90 pack, and wave goodbye to dry eyes.
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Best daily contact lenses
Dailies AquaComfort Plus are looking to be our most popular daily contact lenses again this year, as they really tick all the boxes.
You might ask why these lenses remain so in-demand for daily contact lens wearers. Well, it's because they stay super-comfortable all day throughout wear, no matter the environment you're in. Lacreon technology locks in moisture to keep eyes moist and irritation-free, and these lenses, which are also available as a 90 pack, have a high oxygen content further boosting comfort levels.
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Best monthly contact lenses
A favourite among wearers in the UK are the Biofinity contact lenses by CooperVision. Featuring a unique Aquaform technology and combined with its 3rd generation of silicon-hydrogel that lets a high amount of oxygen pass through, these lenses are exceptionally comfortable and stable. Each lens benefits from a super-smooth surface that resists deposits, and can be worn for up to 30 days, under the guidance of your optician.
If you've previously worn Specsavers easyvision Monthly Opteyes, Biofinity is compatible with your prescription. Try the best monthly contact lenses available today.
Best 2 weekly / extended wear contact lenses
Acuvue Oasys are two-weekly lenses: a wearing pattern that is often cheaper than monthly lenses and is considered more hygienic. Widely recognised as best in class, Acuvue Oasys is ideal for anyone prone to the irritation of dry eyes when wearing contact lenses. Plus, a built-in UV blocker protects the wearers' eyes from harmful ultraviolet light.
Inspired by how the tear film works, Hydraclear Plus technology has been developed to stabilise it, reducing the feeling of eye strain and making the lenses feel very natural to wear. Given the digital environment we're living in, these lenses are an excellent option. If you often forget to remove your lenses, these will be a great solution for you.
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Best contact lenses for sport
everclear ACTIVE is tailored for those who live an active lifestyle. Designed with smaller packaging, these dailies are ideal for storage in your sports bag or locker. Whether you're heading to the gym or playing football with friends, these lenses are perfect for contact sports where glasses are not appropriate.
everclear ACTIVE contact lenses are made of silicone hydrogel, a breathable material that allows plenty of oxygen to reach the eyes and ensures a secure fit, so you can focus on playing sport. In addition, they also provide UV protection, which helps block harmful UV-A and UV-B rays from damaging your eyes while you are performing outside sports and activities.
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Best contact lenses for astigmatism
The undisputed champion of toric lenses, 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism is designed to correct astigmatism whilst offering the comfort of a daily disposable lens. Your eyes will remain moist, fresh and comfortable with this daily toric lens, giving you crisp and clear vision all day long.
They also protect against the sun, blocking 97% of UV-B and 82% of UV-A, and are available as a 90 pack.
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Best contact lenses for presbyopia
1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal contact lenses, by the eyecare experts at Johnson & Johnson, are daily multifocal lenses designed to combat the effects of presbyopia. These lenses are uniquely designed to sit comfortably, safely and provide crisp and clear vision, no matter what distance the object you're focusing on is.
1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal is a favourite among multifocal contact lens wearers because of its seamless transition between ranges: gone are the days where you had to carry multiple pairs of glasses with you! The Lacreon technology provides extended and consistent comfort, and these lenses, which are also available as a 90 pack, are designed to keep even the most sensitive eyes hydrated and irritation-free all day long.
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Best coloured contact lenses
This year, those who want to enhance their eye colour should most definitely go for the top-notch coloured contact lenses, FreshLook Colorblends. Available in 12 natural shades, and suitable for cosmetic or prescription purposes, these ultra-comfy monthly lenses are 100% safe and hygienic.
Each lens features a soft and flexible design, ensuring a snug fit from breakfast to bedtime. FreshLook Colorblends' high water content also means that your eyes will feel constantly hydrated while you enjoy your fresh, new appearance.
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Best eye drops
Without a doubt, everclear Eye Drops are going to be this year's superstars among our customers. Why? They're super easy to use, provide immediate relief and offer unbeatable value for money. Produced with a formula including natural, herbal ingredients, these gentle eye drops are ideal to quickly and effectively rehydrate dry eyes and can be used to refresh your contact lenses at any time of the day.
Thanks to the handy 10ml bottle, everclear Eye Drops are also easy to carry wherever you go.
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everclear REFRESH All in One is a multipurpose solution that cleans, disinfects and stores all types of soft contact lenses. Developed in Italy, this ultra-effective solution is designed to protect the comfort of your contact lenses and prevent eye infections by removing bacteria, germs and protein build-ups that end up on the lens surface during the day.
Its gentle formula, made of and non-toxic ingredients, is perfect for sensitive eyes. For a quick boost of comfort, everclear REFRESH All in One solution can also be used whilst wearing contact lenses. This solution comes in a smart 250 ml bottle, with a lens case for storage, and is designed to allow an accurate dosage, so you have more control on the amount of liquid you want to use. Plus: did you know you could make slime with it?
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Co-written by: Benjamin Dumaine
Optometrist and Head of Business Development
Benjamin Dumaine graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Institut Supérieur d'Optique and has been a qualified optometrist since 2003. Apart from being Vision Direct's Head Optician, he’s also the Head of Business Development, where he gets to use his clinical expertise and knowledge of contact lens technology towards supporting all departments of Vision Direct.
Find out more about our experienced eye care professionals here
- Finding the best contact lenses for astigmatism
- Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses
- How to put in contact lenses
- What is presbyopia?
Which is the No 1 contact lenses brand? ›
1. Bausch and Lomb. Being the top choice for contact lenses of every type, such as toric lenses, colour disposable lenses, bifocal lenses, or daily/monthly/yearly disposable lenses, Bausch and Lomb's journey of innovating hydrogel-based contact lenses is exemplary.What is the best quality contact lens? ›
- Johnson and Johnson Contact Lenses.
- Ciba Vision Contact Lenses.
- Bausch & Lomb Contact Lenses.
- Cooper Vision Contact Lenses.
- Aryan Contact Lenses.
- Acme Yearly Toric Contact Lenses.
- Celebrations Contact Lenses.
- Silk Lens Contact Lenses.
TOTAL30 (Alcon): A monthly replacement lens launched in August 2021, this lens is made of lehfilcon A, has a Dk/T of 154, and uses water gradient technology to ensure patients are still comfortable wearing the lenses at the end of the 30 days.What is the best place to buy contacts online? ›
- 1-800 Contacts.
- Warby Parker.
- Walmart Contacts.
In the past, standard lenses only allowed patients to see one distance. Premium lenses allow ophthalmologists to correct the cataract issue and treat vision problems such as astigmatism, myopia, and farsightedness.Is there a difference between cheap and expensive contact lenses? ›
The Contrast and Clarity of an image is what most people will notice right away when comparing a cheap lens to a higher-end lens. Typically the expensive lenses have better coatings both internally and externally. Coatings do a few things, they help reduce light scatter and this can actually help light transmittance.Is there a difference in quality of contact lenses? ›
Contact lenses may seem like they are the same - simple pieces of plastic that correct your vision. However, there are several differences that can play a key role in the fitting your unique eyes. Different brands make contact lenses that vary in everything from material to shape to recommended replacement schedule.Does it matter which brand of contact lenses? ›
Different brands of contact lenses are made from different materials, and just because another brand has a similar base curve and diameter does not mean it will fit the same. Wearing the exact brand that you have been prescribed will help prevent medical problems and allergic reactions to the different materials used.Which is better Acuvue or dailies? ›
ACUVUE OASYS® 1-DAY trumps with the ability to let a high level of oxygen pass through the lens to the eye, while DAILIES AquaComfort Plus impresses with a high amount of water stored in the material. So it's down to breathability versus wettability and for most patients, one of the two factors is more critical.Is Costco the best place for contact lenses? ›
Costco is the one-stop shop for the entire contact lens purchasing experience. You can get your eye exam at the store and order contacts online. It's the best place to order contacts in bulk as it offers the highest discounts. Costco's return policy is unparalleled; you can return your lenses anytime.
Which contact lens is best monthly or yearly? ›
Monthly contact lenses are eco-friendlier because you will be throwing out fewer lenses compared to dailies. You usually only use 12 pairs every year if you choose monthly contacts, resulting in less waste that ends up in landfills.What is the latest technology of progressive lenses? ›
Powered by Flex Optim™ Technology, the latest in progressive lens technology, Varilux Comfort Max lenses are a tailor-made solution which stretches a wearer's useful vision zone by up to 46%, granting the wearer the postural flexibility to see a given focal point from many angles.Is there a contact lens that improves vision? ›
Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K, is a special non-surgical vision correction procedure involving special gas permeable (GP) contact lenses that are worn each night while you sleep, to gently reshape your cornea and correct your vision. The cornea is the front part of your eye that helps shape light as it enters.What is a smart contact lens? ›
Smart contact lenses with specialized devices are being formulated to measure glucose (sugar) levels in the tear film and send a warning when the levels are elevated.Why are contacts so much cheaper online? ›
Contact lenses bought online will be cheaper because the process is much simpler and there are less business expenses. There's no real estate, no staff to accommodate you, and no paying a medical professional for a considerable chunk of their valuable time.Does cheap contact lenses work? ›
While cheap contacts are available, they aren't always the best choice for your eyes. A low-quality pair may be more likely to tear, and this could lead to a scratch on your cornea or other damage to the eye.Can I just go and buy contact lenses? ›
If you're new to contact lenses, getting them in store is the best place to start. You'll need to have an eye test and a contact lens assessment to make sure that we choose the best lens to suit your requirements. But if you're already a seasoned contact lens pro, you can pop in any time or buy contact lenses online.How much should I spend on contact lenses? ›
The cost of contact lenses can vary, but the average cost for an annual supply of contacts, if you're nearsighted, should be between around $200 and $300. If you need to replace your contacts throughout the year, plan to purchase around sic to 10 boxes total, with a cost of around $20 to $30 for each box.What should I look for when buying contact lenses? ›
- Get an eye exam. ...
- Check your contact lens prescription. ...
- Be aware contacts and glasses prescriptions are different. ...
- Stick to the prescribed brand. ...
- Shop around. ...
- Ensure you always have contacts and lens care supplies. ...
- Check out the seller's reputation. ...
- Beware of online eye exams.
Most people agree that premium lenses are worth the extra investment and resources, especially when factoring in the cost of glasses and contacts.
Why are expensive lenses better? ›
More expensive lenses use a silent wave motor, which produces faster and quieter focusing. Benefit of Professional Lenses #4: Weather Sealing. While all lenses have a certain amount of weather sealing, high-end lenses have loads of it. This makes the lens last much longer without problems.Why is Acuvue so expensive? ›
Acuvue Max is made with new technology and a top of the line material, so it is more expensive than the average contact lens.Why are astigmatism lenses more expensive? ›
It generally takes more expertise for an eye doctor to fit a patient for toric contacts than it does for regular lenses. For this reason, a toric lens fitting may cost more than a regular contact lens fitting. Since torics are more complex in design, the cost of replacing them will be higher than most regular contacts.Are dailies or monthlies better? ›
Are Daily Contacts Better Than Monthly Ones? While daily contacts may be more suitable for some people, they're not “better” than monthly contacts. Sometimes they're seen as a safer choice because there's no day-to-day build-up of natural deposits, but again, that doesn't necessarily make them better.Do contact lenses need to be stronger than glasses? ›
In general, the prescriptive power of a contact lens will be somewhat less nearsighted than eyeglasses. So in most simple words, the power of a contact lens will be lower than the eyeglass prescription.Are contact lens prescriptions stronger or weaker than glasses? ›
Because eyeglasses sit some distance away from your eyes, the prescription for glasses is typically a bit stronger than for contact lenses. This is the primary difference between the two prescriptions.Can you switch between contact lens brands? ›
Why can't I just get any brand of contacts I want?” Unfortunately, no. Aside from getting a contact that fits your eye perfectly (not all brands make lenses in every size), different lens materials may be more comfortable/effective for your specific vision needs.Should my glasses prescription be different than my contacts? ›
HOW ARE THE TWO TYPES OF PRESCRIPTIONS DIFFERENT? Part of the reason for the differences is that contacts are placed directly on the lens of your eye, while glasses sit about 12 millimeters away. That seemingly minor difference requires a different prescription strength for each type of corrective eyewear.Why is my contact lens prescription different than my glasses? ›
Your Two Different Prescriptions
However, contacts and glasses prescriptions are actually slightly different because of their distance from your eyes. Eyeglass lenses are placed approximately 12 millimeters away from your eyes, while contact lenses sit directly on your corneas.
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Which brand of contacts are the most durable? ›
- Acuvue. The Acuvue® brand is among the most highly recommended and top-selling contact lens brands. ...
- Dailies. The DAILIES® brand is another top contact lens brand worth looking into when deciding on the right lens. ...
- Air Optix. ...
- Biofinity. ...
Daily disposable contacts are more expensive than monthlies up front. You'll usually find them in packs of 30 (one pack for each eye) for around $30, or in packs of 90 for upward of $60 or $80. More specialized lenses for astigmatism or dry eyes are typically more expensive.Who makes Costco Kirkland contact lenses? ›
Costco's Kirkland "Premium Dailies Disposable" or just "Daily Disposable" contact lenses are manufactured by CooperVision. "Kirkland Signature 1-day disposable" lenses are actually CooperVision MyDay one-day disposable contact lenses which are re-branded (or privately labeled) by Kirkland Signature.What brand of lenses does Costco use? ›
Our Kirkland Signature HD progressive lenses use the latest in lens manufacturing technology to deliver high definition vision at any distance. With sharper vision in all conditions members purchasing Kirkland Signature HD lenses will receive an unprecedented degree of customization.Is it cheaper to order contacts at Costco? ›
Costco. “One way that Costco's a game-changer is if you wear contact lenses,” Clark says, pointing out that Costco has some of the lowest prices across the board. In addition to filling prescriptions for most trusted brands at some of the best prices, Costco often offers deals and rebates.Are daily or monthly contacts better for astigmatism? ›
For people with astigmatism or who need multifocal lenses, a monthly may be the only way for you to get the level of vision correction you need. If your eyes are sensitive, you might prefer daily contacts.How many hours a day should you wear monthly contact lenses? ›
Your optician will be able to discuss with you what is best in your individual case, but as a general point, it's recommended that you wear your contact lenses for a maximum of 10-12 hours per day. Wearing your lenses for longer may cause your eyes to become uncomfortable, red and prone to infection.How many years are contacts good for? ›
For that reason, all packaged contact lenses will have a printed expiration date. Usually, the expiration date is ~4 years from the date of packaging.Is Bausch and Lomb a good brand? ›
Bausch & Lomb is one of the most respected eye health care brands. Baush & Lomb not only offer contact lenses for vision but offers a wide range of coloured contacts made entirely for aesthetic pleasure.Which is better Air Optix or Biofinity? ›
Biofinity has a higher oxygen permeability than Air Optix Aqua. In addition to this, it caters for a wider prescription range with Biofinity XR and therefore could be considered a better lens for these reasons. They both fall within a similar price range but with Biofinity also being slightly cheaper than Air Optix.
Are some contact lenses better than others? ›
Modern lenses are safer, more comfortable, and better at correcting a variety of vision challenges. Today, contact lenses can be made from different materials, and which ones are best for the wearer depends upon the vision challenges to be corrected.What happened to Bausch and Lomb? ›
The company was founded in Rochester, New York, in 1853 by optician John Bausch and cabinet maker turned financial backer Henry Lomb. Until its sale in 2013, Bausch + Lomb was one of the oldest continually operating companies in the United States.Is Acuvue better than biotrue? ›
Both lenses feature Class-2 UVA and UVB blocking, however, the Biotrue ONEday provides a much higher oxygen transmission value and features an aspherical design. Biotrue ONEday's oxygen transmission value is 42 Dk/t with a 78% water content compared to 33 Dk/t and a 58% water content seen in the 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST.Why has Bausch and Lomb contact lens solution been recalled? ›
While there is a low risk of infection with these products, Bausch + Lomb has chosen to voluntarily recall these certain lots of products because it cannot confirm the supplier's conformance to process compliance requirements for some of the components of these products.Which is better Biofinity or ultra? ›
Bausch & Lomb Ultra is a great contact lens choice, as is Biofinity Energys. They both provide optimal comfort at an affordable price. When deciding which is better, this comes down to personal preference and which is best suited to your eyes and lifestyle.What is the difference between Air Optix and Air Optix HydraGlyde? ›
What is the difference between Air Optix Aqua and Air Optix Plus HydraGlyde? All new Air Optix contacts now contain HydraGlyde, a new and innovative wetting agent that keeps contacts moist even longer. According to Alcon, the maker of Air Optix, HydraGlyde actually surrounds the contact lens surface with moisture.What is the most popular contact lens colour? ›
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