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Why You Need Contact Lens with UV Protection

Loving those sunny days?  Here’s the problem: all that sunlight now could give you cataracts later in life.

Short Term Effects

Exposing your eyes to too much UV radiation for a short time just gives you a temporary “eye sunburn”, called photokeratitis.  Your eyes redden, feel gritty, tear up, and are extremely sensitive to light.  Photokeratitis is usually temporary and doesn’t leave any lasting damage.

Long Term Effects

But what about exposure to UV radiation for a long time?  That’s where the danger to your eyes really lies.

The longer your eyes are exposed to UV radiation, the higher the chance of getting cataracts or macular degeneration (a condition with partial vision loss) when you’re older.  The exact amount of UV radiation that causes these conditions is unknown.  (Read more from the original article here.)


Optometrists strongly recommend you protect your eyes with heavy-duty wraparound sunglasses, or contact lenses with UV protection.

Contact Lens with the Best UV Protection

Acuvue Oasys 1-Day has the highest UV protection currently available in contact lenses.  UV Protection Contact lenses that offer high levels of protection against UV rays are labeled as either Class I or Class II. Class I lenses block at least 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB rays while Class II block at least 70% of UVA and 95% of UVB rays. Acuvue Oasys 1-Day is a class 1 contact lens. *

Acuvue is the only brand that offers UV protection across its entire line of products.

Designed with Acuvue’s proprietary HydraLuxe™ technology for all-day comfort, Acuvue Oasys 1-Day has tear-like properties that work with your natural tear film each day, providing all-day performance and excellent comfort, vision, and handling.

Buying Contact Lenses Online

We strongly recommend that you get a prescription and contact lens fitting from your optometrist before purchasing any contact lenses.  Different product lines use various materials and measurements, which means they will have different prescriptions for the same person.

Learn why seeing your eye doctor first is important from our CEO, Paul W. Slusher:

*WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT complete substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed by your eye doctor.
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Discontinued Contact Lenses

acuvue biomedics frequency focus dailies

1 Day Acuvue; Focus Dailies; Frequency 55

The following products have been discontinued by their manufacturer:

  • Biomedics 1 Day Toric
  • 1 Day Acuvue 30pk
  • Focus Dailies 30pk
  • Focus Dailies 90pk
  • Focus Dailies Toric 30pk
  • Focus Dailies Toric 90pk
  • Frequency 55 Toric
  • Frequency 55 Toric XR

Pack size discontinuation:

  • 1 Day Acuvue Define 90pk
  • Biomedics 1 Day 30pk
  • Proclear 1 Day 30pk
  • Proclear 1 Day Multifocal 30pk

Style discontinuation:

  • 1 Day Acuvue Define Natural Sparkle style
  • 1 Day Acuvue Define Natural Shimmer style

Nooooo!  Why?

Products/ pack sizes/ styles listed above have been discontinued by their manufacturer.  As such, it will only continue to be available anywhere while supplies last from leftover stock.

But what do I do now?

Please note that we are not optometrists and cannot prescribe lenses for you (especially not without shining lights in your eyes and making you squint at charts!). All we can do is make recommendations. 

CooperVision has recommended the following as an alternative to Biomedics 1 Day Toric:

Johnson & Johnson has a line very similar to 1 Day Acuvue:

Alcon suggests its extremely popular Dailies Aquacomfort Plus product line as an alternative to Focus Dailies.

For 1 Day Acuvue Define 90pk, we offer you a value pack of 3 x 30pk (90 lenses) for the same great price of the previous 90pk.

For Biomedics 1 Day 30pk, you can still obtain Biomedics 1 Day 90pk at a value price.

For Proclear 1 Day 30pk, you can still obtain Proclear 1 Day 90pk at a value price.

For Proclear 1 Day Multifocal 30pk, you can still obtain Proclear 1 Day Multifocal 90pk at a value price.

Any unlisted here have not had recommendations made by the manufacturer.

contacts for less online canada Important!

If you were using any of the discontinued lenses above, we strongly recommend that you get a new prescription (and a contact lens fitting) from your eye doctor before ordering a different product, just to make sure they fit you perfectly.

Due to contact lens product lines using different materials and measurements, the same person can have varying prescriptions for different product lines.  (Also, different materials might irritate your eyes.)

Remember, opened contact lens boxes can no longer be returned as per our return policy. Better safe than sorry!

(Find out more about contact lens fittings here.)



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