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What Is the Difference Between Contact Lenses Brands?

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.

Here are some major contact lense brands, and what makes their materials unique for you!

Alcon Dailies Brand

Dailies lenses are the first and only brand to produce water gradient contact lenses. Dailies Total One lenses specifically are perfect for those that are prone to dry eyes. This brand of lenses also:

  • Features blink-activated moisture technology to ensure that your eyes are refreshed with every single blink (with Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus).

  • Provides contact lenses that correct a wide variety of vision issues, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism.

  • Offers multifocal options for individuals currently wearing readers or wearing contact lenses who are having difficulty with near vision

All of Alcon’s Dailies Brand products are disposable. However, certain products are meant for monthly use whereas others you wear in the morning and throw away in the evening.

Air Optix Brands

Air Optix brand contacts are highly breathable. Certain products are approved for extended wear, which can 6-30 days of continuous, overnight wear. Air Optix contacts are:

  • Great for those with an active lifestyle

  • Live in dry environments

  • Want to see clearly 24/7

  • Travel frequently

  • Sometimes sleep or nap in their contact lens

Air Optix has a wide variety of products available. These products include contacts for common visions issues, such as astigmatism or presbyopia, as well as color contact lens for those who want to enhance their look but are not in need of vision correction.


Like Air Optix and Dailies brands, Biofinity contacts boost breathable, comfortable material. However:Unlike Dailies Total and Air Optixs, Biofinity does not offer daily disposable products. All Biofinity contacts follow a monthly replacement schedule. Biofinity lenses are a great lens because:

  • They allow for more oxygen to pass through the eyes

  • They cover a broader prescription range and a great option for patients that have astigmatism, as they have a superior lens stabilization technology.

  • Although Biofinity contacts are also approved for extended wear, they are only for up to 7 days versus Air Optix maximum of 30 days.


Acuvue contacts are unique for their tear infused technology, which allows them to maintain wettability throughout the entire day. This is ideal for those who:

  • Have eyes prone to sensitivity and irritation

  • Suffer from allergies

  • Spend hours in front of a computer

  • Are exposed to dry or dusty environments

Acuvue contacts correct common vision problems as well as presbyopia and astigmatism. They offer daily disposable contacts, contacts on a 2-week replacement schedule, and monthly lenses.

This contact brand is also one of the only to offer UVA and UVB protection, blocking harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye.

Biotrue Dailies:

Biotrue offers one-day. daily disposable contact lenses that match the water content of the eye. This helps provide clear vision and comfort throughout the day.

Some key benefits and features of Biotrue contact lenses are:

  • Maintains nearly 100% of moisture for 16 hours

  • Dehydration barrier formed from their unique contact material

  • Hi-def optics for a clear and comfortable vision

  • UVA/UVB protection to limit exposure from the sun

Plus, Biotrue is part of the ONE by ONE Recycling Program, which recycles contact lens waste like plastic blister packs, top foil wrapper, and contact lenses.

If you are a regular contact lens wearer or are thinking of making the switch to contact lenses, contact Eden Prairie Eye Care today! Dr. Oker and her staff will provide a comprehensive eye exam and make a recommendation for the best fit possible.

Schedule your appointment today by calling our office at (952) 944-2792 or simply schedule your appointment online. We can’t wait to help you see your best!


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