Weekly contact lenses remain the most common choice among contact lens wearers. The offer a middle ground between RGP or monthly extended wear contacts and daily disposables. Weekly contacts are softer and usually more comfortable on the eye, and while they require some cleaning and care to maintain their comfort, it’s not the end of the world if you lose a pair.
Here is a comprehensive review of the best weekly contact lenses:
Weekly contact lenses offer a nice middle ground between price and convenience when compared to daily disposables and longer-term RGP or other types of contacts. Below is a list of the top weekly contact lenses on the market and their respective annual prices:
Astigmatism affects approximately 1 in 3 people. This condition occurs when the cornea is distorted (which causes nearsightedness or farsightedness) and is corrected by contacts that adjust for this distortion. Not everyone who suffers from astigmatism requires a contact lens that corrects it, but for those who do, there are a number of soft shell extended wear contacts on the market to address this need.
Our top recommended weekly extended wear contact for astigmatism is the Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism.
This contact has an almost perfect rating on Lens.com and wearers rave about how comfortable and clear these contacts are. Notably, these contacts are equipped with Acuvue’s Accelerated Stabilization Design technology, which corrects the problem, to stabilize the eye throughout the day.
In addition, the silicon, hydrogel material helps ninety-eight percent of oxygen flow seep through, which further reduces eye dryness.
Best Weekly Contacts for Myopia (multifocal lenses):
Myopia is another name for nearsightedness; when wearers cannot see far away, but reading and other close-up activities are possible with correction. This issue is most commonly corrected with multifical lenses, and again, since weekly extended wear contacts are so popular, there are a number of strong multifocal contacts in this category.
We recommend the Air Optix Aqua Multifocal contact as the best weekly contacts for Myopia.
These contacts offer low, medium, and high power, which is unique in that many similar contacts only offer low and high power. Furthermore, these contacts are renowned for their comfort and their ability to be worn for up to six nights, without developing significant protein buildup or discomfort. They offer an incredible balance of vision correction and general comfort.
Best Weekly Contacts for Colored Contacts:
While other categories of contacts, such as daily disposable contacts and RGP contacts have very limited choices when it comes to colored contacts, weekly soft shell contacts offer more choices and variety.
Our pick for the best weekly colored contacts are the Air Optix Colors. These contacts are priced reasonably and the perfect weekly solution for anyone who wants to enhance or completely change the color of their eyes.
These contacts work with your standard Air Optix prescription and are offered in blue, green, brown, and hazel, with differing levels of brightness and tone. The three-in-one color technology ensures the right brightness and desired depth, with the ability to fully change your eye’s color.
Best Weekly Contacts Overall:
Air Optix Night and Days are our choice for the best overall weekly contact lens. These contacts are on the more expensive of non-corrective non-colored weekly contacts, but they are worth the price. Air Optix has invested significant technology into these lenses that increase comfort and reduce protein build-up allowing them to be worn multiple days in a row.
These contacts have received a perfect score by reviewers on Lens.com and are generally seen as one of the most comfortable and solid all-around contact lens on the market.
Other Information to Consider:
Here are a few other things to consider when buying weekly extended wear contacts.
While the prices in the chart above should give you an accurate idea of the annual costs of contacts, that covers contact costs alone. Since you will be wearing your weekly contacts for many days in a row you will need to take them out and clean them and buying cleaning solution, while not a major expense, is something else you will need to consider. In addition, you will need to buy a contact lens case, a travel case (if you plan on traveling), and you will need to replace any contacts you lose or rip, which wile unfun, does happen.
Length of Time the Contact is in the Eye:
Some people are better than others at making a routine out of taking out their contacts and cleaning them. While, many brands have invested in technologies that make it ok to leave your contacts in for a couple days in a row, the best way to keep your contacts clean and reduce eye irritation is to remove them and clean them regularly.
The fact that extended wear weekly contacts are replaced more often than monthly contacts makes cleaning less critical than for monthly contracts, but still an important task. If you truly dislike cleaning your contacts you should consider buying daily disposables.
To close, regardless of what this review says, the best weekly contact for you depends on what you find most comfortable. Each contact brand is different and each has its strengths and weaknesses. If any of the above recommendations don’t feel right for your eye, don’t settle, keep searching until you find the one that is best for you.
Hopefully, this review helped you find the right weekly contact lens for you. If you are interested in other contact lens types, check out our Best Extended Wear Contact Review and Best Daily Disposable Contact Review.
by Insider Envy Staff