What Kind of Contacts Should I Get in 2021?

As an Eye Doctor in Collinsville, Oklahoma, I fit and talk to hundreds of people every month about contact lenses. The question of “What kind of contacts should I get” comes up every week. Today, I am going to decode some of the differences of the different brands of contact lenses along with other aspects of contact lenses. At the end I will tell you the best contact lens brand for 2021.

Can there be a best contact lens?

A best contact lens is a challenge to answer because everyone is different just like every contact lens brand is different. Some people like thinner contact lenses because they allow more oxygen. Others prefer the durability of a thicker contact lens. Some people like the hydrogel lenses while others focus more on the breathability of the silicone hydrogel lenses. Lastly, some want to keep their lenses for the month while others like the convenience of using a single use lens.

Oxygen

The amount of oxygen the lens allows to let through helps quite a bit with end of day comfort. The added oxygen lets the eyes feel more comfortable and the silicone lenses like Acuvue Vita, Acuvue Oasys, Air Optix, and Bausch and Lomb Ultra are the silicone lenses I fit most frequently. They are main stream and most Eye Doctors should have most of those if not all of those to try out.

The hydrogel lenses like Proclear, Frequency 55, and Acuvue 2 have mainly been phased out for the more breathable silicone lenses. The one hydrogel lens that I still fit regularly is the Biotrue contact lens. The Bioture has been able to keep up mainly because of the thinness of the contact lens.

Durability of contact lenses

Single use lenses like Biotrue, Precision 1, Total 1, or Oasys 1 day we obviously can ignore the durability because those lenses you throw away at the end of the day. So, setting those contact lenses aside I tend to notice Acuvue Oasys contacts and Ultra contacts ripping more frequently than Air Optix or Biofinity contacts.

Contact Lenses Brands and Manufacturer

  • Alcon
    • Air Optix
    • Precision 1
    • Dailies Total 1
    • Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus
  • Bausch and Lomb
    • Ultra
    • Biotrue
  • Coopervision
    • Biofinity
    • Proclear
    • Proclear 1 Day
  • Vistakon or Johnson and Johnson
    • Acuvue Oasys
    • Oasys 1 Day
    • Vita
    • 1 Day Acuvue Moist

Cheap Contact Lenses

So, you can find quite a few “cheap” contact lenses from the eye doctor near me. It always surprises me when I hear a colleague talk about losing contact lens sales to online websites. The reason is that these online places can’t file insurance benefits, can’t give patients trial contact lenses, and have to charge sales tax. At Collinsville Primary Eyecare the average patient paid $67 for their year supply of contact lenses in 2020. I doubt “cheap contact lenses online” are that cheap. I mean heck, Hubble sells 28 lenses meaning instead of buying 12 packs on the year you buy 13 packs and they charge $36 a pack. So, after the year you pay $468 for those “cheap” contacts for the year. I have several contact lens brands that without insurance you could buy a year supply for $250 or less. So, before you order online at least ask your local Eye Doctor what it would cost for the contacts. You might be surprised by the difference.

Best Place to Buy Contact Lenses

As you could guess I am going to suggest giving your Eye Doctor Near me like Collinsville Primary Eyecare a chance. Even if you didn’t get your prescription from us you could still give us a call and see what we will do to get your business. If you are a patient of Collinsville Primary Eyecare you can actually order your contacts online through this link.

So, what kind of contacts should I get?

I tend to focus on the following contact lenses in this order and consider these the best contact lenses in 2021.

  • Precision 1
  • Dailies Total 1
  • Air Optix
  • Biotrue
  • Vita
  • Ultra
  • Acuvue Oasys

Now I will deviate from those for different reasons, but that is my top 10 list.

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

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