When it comes to the best contact lenses, there are several factors used to determine if they are the ideal fit for a patient.
- Contact lenses are small lenses that cover the cornea (the clear front part of the eye) to correct a patient’s vision.
- A contact lens prescription is obtained both off of your glasses prescription and the structures of your eye (the size of your eye, how good your ocular health is, etc.).
- Though the prescription is based on your glasses, due to the change in optics, the prescriptions will not always be the same number
There are two major types of contact lenses: soft and hard
- Hard lenses are usually reserved for patients with abnormally shaped corneas or special ocular health needs
- Most patients who wear contacts wear soft lenses (90%)
No one contact lens will be the perfect match for everyone, and your contact lenses will be determined by your optometrist or ophthalmologist to meet your individual needs. Always discuss if you are having any discomfort or visual issues with your lenses with an eye care professional so that they can prescribe the lenses that give you the best vision and keep your eyes healthy!
The Best Contact Lenses of 2021
Best Overall Contact Lenses
Best Daily Contact Lenses
- $38.98 for a 30 pack
- These lenses have water gradient technology to increase their comfort and increase the amount of oxygen that goes to the eye.
- These daily contact lenses are not available for astigmatism, but they are available for multifocal.
- These lenses are made by Alcon and are eligible for their online Alcon rebate program.
Best Budget Contact Lenses
- $34.99 for a 6 pack
- Monthly lenses are going to be the most economical, simply because you have to purchase less of them (12 monthly lenses make a year supply, 24 biweekly lenses make a year supply, and ~360 lenses make a year supply).
- These lenses have a lower oxygen transmission rate, so it is crucial to ensure you throw them out 30 days after you open them (even if you haven’t worn them 30 times) to keep your eyes healthy and ensure you can keep wearing contacts.
Best Bi-Weekly (2 Week) Contact Lenses
- $50.95 for a 12 pack
- These lenses will provide a more comfortable wearing experience than monthly lenses, with the benefit of being cheaper than dailies.
- They have a high rate of oxygen transmission, and (like all Acuvue products) block 99% of UVB and 96% of UVA light for a healthier experience in the sun.
Best Monthly Contact Lenses
- $38.98 for a 6 pack
- Biofinity lenses come in a wide range of options for both patients with astigmatism and patients needing multifocal or bifocal lenses.
- These lenses have both high water content and oxygen transmissibility (a measure of how much oxygen can pass through the lens and get to the eye), making them comfortable. Comfort is especially vital with monthly lenses, as these can get dry quickly.
- When using monthly lenses, it is vital to use a good cleaner and to rub the lenses with gentle pressure after removing them at night.
Best Multifocal Contact Lenses
- $70.78 for a 6 pack
- These lenses come in multiple add powers to fit a broader range of patient needs, and also offer lenses for patients needing astigmatism correction as well.
- The optics in these lenses use cutting-edge technology, and the lenses are breathable and comfortable.
Best Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
- $32.99 for a 30 pack
- Whether you were born with astigmatism, or have undergone an eye injury resulting in varying amounts of astigmatism, 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism contact lenses provide excellent vision correction.
- Astigmatism may cause near or farsightedness depending on the shape of your cornea and these hydrating Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism contacts are customizable according to your prescription.
Best Lenses for Dry Eyes
- $88.98 for a 90 pack
- When it comes to breathability, Acuvue Oasys 1-Day needs to be a part of the conversation. They are my personal go-to contact lens for long days.
- Not only are they dailies, which eliminate some of the contact lens-related issues leading to dry eye (protein build-up, allergic reactions to preservatives in contact lens solution), but the increased ability of oxygen to pass through the lens keeps the front of the eye healthy and comfortable.
- Read our full product review here.
- $38.98 for a 30 pack
- If you find that your contact lenses make your eyes feel dry quickly, you should give these a try.
- They are breathable and are widely recommended by eye doctors and are made from silicone hydrogel.
Best Colored Contacts
Best Extended Wear Lenses (For Continuous Wear)
- $69.99 for a 6 pack
- One of the few FDA approved lenses for 30 days of continuous wear.
- These are comfortable, breathable, and provide crisp vision.
- Because they are meant for overnight wear, they allow lots of oxygen through the lenses.
Best Contact Lenses With Transitions
- $36.99 for a 6 pack
- The first-of-its-kind contact lens that seamlessly adapts to changing light to provide all-day soothing vision.
- Perfect for athletes or individuals who want to balance the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye.
- TIME recognized ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ as one of their Best Inventions of 2018.
Dr. Morgan Jones is a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) completing a residency in ocular disease. She has experience in diabetic research, along with several years of clinical research. Along with being a community outreach leader and an avid mentor and tutor, she enjoys educating outside of clinic. Dr. Jones has a B.A. in Biology from Texas A&M University.