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So your patient has astigmatism and wants to dispose of their lenses daily. What do you do? As contact lens fitters, we are fortunate to practice in a time when our options are ever increasing. It used to be that when patients presented with astigmatism we had very few soft lens designs to offer outside of a custom made-to-order lens. The recent release of Alcon’s Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Toric option demonstrates how far we have come, not only in parameters but in modalities.
What other toric one day options do you offer in your practice? A quick search on TheRightContact.com shows several options including 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism, Clariti 1-Day Toric, Clearsight 1-Day Toric, Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Toric, Focus Dailies Toric and Soflens Daily Disposable Lenses for Astigmatism.
Lets take a quick look at these designs to see what their manufacturers are offering.
1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism
The 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism is Available from +4.00 to -9.00 this lens offered in a 8.5 base curve and 14.5 diameter. Cylinder correction is as high as -2.25.
Looking at their website we can see some of the features that separates this lens from other designs, such as the “Blink Stabilized” technology, an excellent stability system. We can also see the Lacreon technology, which is Vistakon’s effort to battle contact lens comfort embedding moisturizing agents into the matrix of the lens1.
Clariti 1-Day Toric
This lens is Available from +4.00 to -9.00 in an 8.5 and a 14.5 base curve. The highest cylinder correction here is also -2.25.
Looking at the website we can see that this lens has an extended range and multiple features such as high oxygen transmissibility, AquaGen technology, aspheric optics and UVA and UVB protection2.
Clearsight 1-Day Toric
As for Clearsight 1-Day Toric, this design is only available in minus powers up to -7.00. Available in an 8.7 base curve and 14.5 diameter, the highest cylindrical correction is only -1.25
Looking at the website we don’t see too many features here. One thing that does stand out is that this design uses a prism ballasting system3.
Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Toric
Jumping over to the Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus, we can see available powers from +4.00 to -8.00, with base curve and diameters of 8.8 and 14.4 The highest cylinder available is -1.75.
At the time of this blog post, Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Toric is not posted on the company website, but if you look at the Dailies Aqua Comfort plus spherical lenses, you can see some of the same features found in the toric option. One of the major features is “blink activation” technology and how this helps the patient maintain moisture and comfort throughout the day4.
Focus Dailies Toric
The Focus Dailes Toric is also available for +4.00 to -8.00. The available base curve is 8.6 and 14.2 diameter. The highest cylinder available is -1.50.
Looking at the website we can again see their use of “blink activation” technology, as well as their head to head studies comparing other brands5.
Soflens Daily Disposable Lenses for Astigmatism
Our review ends with the Soflens Daily Disposable for Astigmatism. This lens is only available in minus powers up to -9.00 in a base curve of 8.6 and diameter of 14.2. The highest cylinder available is -1.75.
Looking at the website we do not see to many details about the technology of the lens. The product is listed as offering High Definition optics and using a thinner lens design6.
It’s nice to see the options available to us in this category. How many of these lens options have you tried? When reviewing your options let the RightContact.com COMPARE SECTION help you make a decision. With a few clicks of the button you can line these products side by side. This page view could be very useful when differences in material, dK, power could help you make your decision.
Hopefully this post was not only able to give you a better understanding about your 1day toric options, but it was equally effective in teaching you how to help you make better choices in your decision process. What other tools do you use to help make product choice decisions? Let us know in the comment section below.
Jason E. Compton OD FAAO
- “1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand for ASTIGMATISM.” Contact Lens Information for Eye Care Professionals. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2014. <http://www.acuvueprofessional.com/product/moist-astigmatism>.
- “Clariti® 1day Toric.” Clariti® 1day Toric. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2014. <http://sauflonusa.com/eye-care-professionals/products/clariti-1day-toric>
- “ClearSight 1 Day Toric.” CooperVision. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2014. <http://coopervision.com/clearsight-1-day-toric>
- “Contact Lenses.” Resources for Eye Care and Health Care Professionals. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 July 2014. <https://www.myalcon.com/products/contact-lenses/index.shtml>
- “Focus Dailies Toric.” Resources for Eye Care and Health Care Professionals. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 July 2014. < https://www.myalcon.com/products/contact-lenses/dailies/focus-dailies-toric-technology.shtml >
- “Soflens Daily Disposable Toric for Astigmatism.” : Bausch + Lomb. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2014. <http://www.bausch.com/our-products/contact-lenses/contact-lenses-for-astigmatism/soflens-daily-disposable-toric-for-astigmatism/>