Best contact lenses of 2023: updated ranking

Monday, 23 January 2023 by Vision Direct

Give yourself the gift of clear and comfortable vision in 2023 with the best daily, monthly and extended wear contact lenses, eye drops and solutions. Whether you're looking to take the leap from monthlies to dailies, or are simply wondering if you've been using the best toric contact lenses for astigmatism: we've put together a list of the best tried-and-tested contact lenses and products that our customers love.

everclear ADM

Best contact lenses for value

There's no doubt that this year, everclear ADM will remain the best contact lenses for value. Designed to keep your eyes comfortable and moisturised throughout the day, these lenses are exclusive to Vision Direct. Manufactured with the latest generation of hydrogel material offering high and sustainable water content, everclear ADM ensures optimum hydration and comfort, making them ideal for new wearers.

everclear ADM is highly affordable, and an excellent daily and hygienic option. An additional benefit is a UV filter, which protects your eyes against the damaging and harmful sun rays.

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"I have been wearing these for 3 years. They are really comfortable, my eyes don't feel dry, daily contacts are the way forward, keeping my eyes clean and safe. The comfort is like you have nothing in your eyes. They don't tear easily, very strong. Never had any problems."

Review by Hema (Posted on 22/02/2022)

"Really great feel, does not make my eyes feel itchy like a lot of other lenses. Easy to use, keeps the eyes hydrated throughout the day."

Review by Kamile (Posted on 27/01/2022)
everclear ELITE

Best all-round contact lenses

Standing out as an exceptional all-rounder, everclear Elite are remarkably comfortable daily disposable lenses. Made from a silicone hydrogel material, which allows oxygen to pass through, these lenses ensure healthy eyes for up to 12 hours a day.

Exclusive to Vision Direct, everclear Elite is ideal for dry eyes, securely locking in moisture, promising an irritation-free wearing experience. Adding an extra layer of defence against harmful light, these lenses also provide UV blocking.

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"Comfiest lenses I've tried yet. Also most lenses come facing the right way up in its packet which saves a lot of faffing around."

Review by Jasmine (Posted on 18/02/2022)

"Are perfect for my eyes, comfortable and have never ripped unlike some lenses I have used in the past."

Review by Kirsty (Posted on 15/01/2022)
Dailies Total 1

Best contact lenses for dry eyes

Dailies Total 1 is considered by many to be the best contact lenses for dry or sensitive eyes. Dry eyes are the most common pain point among contact lens wearers, as they can really compromise comfort and clear vision.

Dailies Total 1 will offer you soothing comfort around the clock - you'll no longer need to constantly apply eye drops to make it to the end of the day. Try these daily lenses, also available as a 90 pack, and wave goodbye to dry eyes.

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"I've been wearing contacts for over 30 years and these are by far the most comfortable I have ever had. Can happily wear them for 16 hours a day. Highly recommended."

Review by Ray (Posted on 21/09/2022)

"The gold standard of contact lenses. By far the best lenses I've used."

Review by Alex (Posted on 19/02/2022)
Dailies AquaComfort Plus

Best daily contact lenses

Dailies AquaComfort Plus are looking to be our most popular daily contact lenses again this year, as they really tick all the boxes.

You might ask why these lenses remain so in-demand for daily contact lens wearers. Well, it's because they stay super-comfortable all day throughout wear, no matter the environment you're in. Lacreon technology locks in moisture to keep eyes moist and irritation-free, and these lenses, which are also available as a 90 pack, have a high oxygen content further boosting comfort levels.

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"I've worn these for decades, and although I've tried other brands, I keep coming back to them for their comfort, reliability, and good vision."

Review by Sarah (Posted on 06/08/2022)

"I suffer from dry eyes and these are the best contacts I've tried. I'll be wearing them for roughly 12 hours a day without any discomfort."

Review by Rachel (Posted on 17/03/2022)

Best monthly contact lenses

A favourite among wearers in the UK are the Biofinity contact lenses by CooperVision. Featuring a unique Aquaform technology and combined with its 3rd generation of silicon-hydrogel that lets a high amount of oxygen pass through, these lenses are exceptionally comfortable and stable. Each lens benefits from a super-smooth surface that resists deposits, and can be worn for up to 30 days, under the guidance of your optician.

If you've previously worn Specsavers easyvision Monthly Opteyes, Biofinity is compatible with your prescription. Try the best monthly contact lenses available today.

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"Fantastic and extremely comfortable - easy to forget you're wearing them."

Review by Graham (Posted on 18/02/2022)

"I really like them, they are comfortable and they don't dry out. I will continue to order them as they are great value as well."

Review by Michael (Posted on 15/01/2022)
Acuvue Oasys

Best 2 weekly / extended wear contact lenses

Acuvue Oasys are two-weekly lenses: a wearing pattern that is often cheaper than monthly lenses and is considered more hygienic. Widely recognised as best in class, Acuvue Oasys is ideal for anyone prone to the irritation of dry eyes when wearing contact lenses. Plus, a built-in UV blocker protects the wearers' eyes from harmful ultraviolet light.

Inspired by how the tear film works, Hydraclear Plus technology has been developed to stabilise it, reducing the feeling of eye strain and making the lenses feel very natural to wear. Given the digital environment we're living in, these lenses are an excellent option. If you often forget to remove your lenses, these will be a great solution for you.

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"I'm a big fan of these! I've been using them for probably over 10 years now and they're super reliable and durable."

Review by Christina (Posted on 16/02/2022)

"I've been wearing these for years and they are the best. Never had issues with them, they always stay comfortable and hydrated throughout the day and easily last as long as they're supposed to. Alternative's don't compare."

Review by Joe (Posted on 08/01/2022)
everclear ACTIVE

Best contact lenses for sport

everclear ACTIVE is tailored for those who live an active lifestyle. Designed with smaller packaging, these dailies are ideal for storage in your sports bag or locker. Whether you're heading to the gym or playing football with friends, these lenses are perfect for contact sports where glasses are not appropriate.

everclear ACTIVE contact lenses are made of silicone hydrogel, a breathable material that allows plenty of oxygen to reach the eyes and ensures a secure fit, so you can focus on playing sport. In addition, they also provide UV protection, which helps block harmful UV-A and UV-B rays from damaging your eyes while you are performing outside sports and activities.

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"These are great! I'm new to contact lenses and have just joined a basketball team. They're so comfortable that I don't feel like I'm wearing them. Even after three hours of playing my eyes still felt hydrated. I feel like I can play basketball at any time without worrying about dryness."

Review by Jenny (posted on 19/12/2022)

"I do Krav Maga every other week, so these are great for someone like me who only wears contact lenses occasionally. They're nice and compact. I keep a spare in my rucksack."

Review by Damien (27/12/2022)
1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism

Best contact lenses for astigmatism

The undisputed champion of toric lenses, 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism is designed to correct astigmatism whilst offering the comfort of a daily disposable lens. Your eyes will remain moist, fresh and comfortable with this daily toric lens, giving you crisp and clear vision all day long.

They also protect against the sun, blocking 97% of UV-B and 82% of UV-A, and are available as a 90 pack.

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"Great lens - have been wearing this type of lens for years and am very happy with the comfort. I forget I have them in!"

Review by Elaine (Posted on 25/02/2022)

"I am really pleased with these contact lenses. I have tried a couple of other ones before using this and this is the best one so far. You can't really feel them once they are in as they are so comfortable to wear. Will be the one I will be wearing all the time."

Review by Arianna (Posted on 19/01/2022)
1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal

Best contact lenses for presbyopia

1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal contact lenses, by the eyecare experts at Johnson & Johnson, are daily multifocal lenses designed to combat the effects of presbyopia. These lenses are uniquely designed to sit comfortably, safely and provide crisp and clear vision, no matter what distance the object you're focusing on is.

1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal is a favourite among multifocal contact lens wearers because of its seamless transition between ranges: gone are the days where you had to carry multiple pairs of glasses with you! The Lacreon technology provides extended and consistent comfort, and these lenses, which are also available as a 90 pack, are designed to keep even the most sensitive eyes hydrated and irritation-free all day long.

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"The lenses are excellent, although a little expensive, and the convenience of not needing reading glasses is very welcome."

Review by David (Posted on 11/02/2022)

"These fantastic lenses enable me to see distance and read without the need for reading glasses."

Review by Deborah (Posted on 27/01/2022)
Freshlook Colorblends

Best coloured contact lenses

This year, those who want to enhance their eye colour should most definitely go for the top-notch coloured contact lenses, FreshLook Colorblends. Available in 12 natural shades, and suitable for cosmetic or prescription purposes, these ultra-comfy monthly lenses are 100% safe and hygienic.

Each lens features a soft and flexible design, ensuring a snug fit from breakfast to bedtime. FreshLook Colorblends' high water content also means that your eyes will feel constantly hydrated while you enjoy your fresh, new appearance.

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"Product is fantastic - I have been wearing contacts all of my life and used to have coloured ones, so I decided to see if I could find some more. Service and delivery fantastic - I ordered these on Sunday and they arrived Monday, they're exactly what I wanted and very comfortable."

Review by Lindsay (Posted on 06/02/2022)

"I love these. They are comfortable, and the colour looked very natural on me. I've been using FreshLook for a long time, and I was never disappointed."

Review by Hanan (Posted on 05/01/2022)
everclear eye drops

Best eye drops

Without a doubt, everclear Eye Drops are going to be this year's superstars among our customers. Why? They're super easy to use, provide immediate relief and offer unbeatable value for money. Produced with a formula including natural, herbal ingredients, these gentle eye drops are ideal to quickly and effectively rehydrate dry eyes and can be used to refresh your contact lenses at any time of the day.

Thanks to the handy 10ml bottle, everclear Eye Drops are also easy to carry wherever you go.

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"Easy to use and perfectly compatible with my lenses. Also, very good price."

Review by Cecilia (Posted on 11/02/2022)

"Really nice eye drops. Perfect for lens wearers."

Review by Sharon (Posted on 29/01/2022)
everclear Refresh all in one

Best solutions

everclear REFRESH All in One is a multipurpose solution that cleans, disinfects and stores all types of soft contact lenses. Developed in Italy, this ultra-effective solution is designed to protect the comfort of your contact lenses and prevent eye infections by removing bacteria, germs and protein build-ups that end up on the lens surface during the day.

Its gentle formula, made of and non-toxic ingredients, is perfect for sensitive eyes. For a quick boost of comfort, everclear REFRESH All in One solution can also be used whilst wearing contact lenses. This solution comes in a smart 250 ml bottle, with a lens case for storage, and is designed to allow an accurate dosage, so you have more control on the amount of liquid you want to use. Plus: did you know you could make slime with it?

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"Simple and useful design. It has cleaned my lenses perfectly and I haven't felt dry eyes all day. Very convenient price."

Review by Cecilia (Posted on 12/02/2022)

"Brilliant and helps clean lenses perfectly, and long lasting."

Review by Iqra (Posted on 21/01/2022)

Benjamin Dumaine, Head of Business Development

Co-written by: Benjamin Dumaine

Optometrist and Head of Business Development

Benjamin Dumaine graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Institut Supérieur d'Optique and has been a qualified optometrist since 2003. Apart from being Vision Direct's Head Optician, he’s also the Head of Business Development, where he gets to use his clinical expertise and knowledge of contact lens technology towards supporting all departments of Vision Direct.

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