Acuvue Vita Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Acuvue Vita contact lens
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Are you a loyal Acuvue Oasys wearer but are tired of having to remember to replace your lenses every two weeks? Or worse, are you in a biweekly lens but stretching your replacement schedule out to month (or longer)? If so, Johnson and Johnson Vision’s Acuvue Vita monthly lens could be a good option for you!

The release of the Acuvue Vita lens in 2016 created a great alternative for patients who are looking to try a new lens material for improved comfort compared to Oasys but don’t want to stray away from the Acuvue family. Additionally, it is a great option for patients who want to stay in Acuvue lenses but have poor compliance with a biweekly replacement schedule. 

In this article, I’ll discuss the specifics of Johnson and Johnson’s Acuvue Vita lenses, including available prescriptions, pricing, and the overall pros and cons of this lens to help you determine if this might be a lens worth discussing with your eye doctor.

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What is HydraMax technology?

HydraMax is the technology that differentiates Acuvue Vita lenses from other Acuvue lenses such as Oasys. It is a non-coated silicone hydrogel material that works to maintain the moisture of the lens to provide improved month-long comfort. 

This technology also helps with lens hydration by allowing good distribution of beneficial lipids throughout the contact lens. All of this results in a lens that is more comfortable and able to be worn for longer periods of time compared to competitors. 

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What else is great about Acuvue Vita?

Acuvue Vita is the only monthly lens that offers Class 1 UV protection (transmits less than 10% UVA and less than 1% UVB). Although these lenses should not be used in place of UV absorption protection such as sunglasses or goggles due to limited coverage, the UV blocker capabilities of this lens is a great option for those looking for an added layer of protection. 

Additionally, the Acuvue Vita family of lenses boast an Infinity Edge design, meaning the edge of the lens is smooth and tapered, resulting in a more comfortable fit.

Powers, availability, and more

Acuvue Vita is a one-month replacement contact lens. This means you throw it away after one month of opening. Furthermore, it comes in a range of powers from -12.00 to +8.00 so it will fit a very large range of contact lens wearers.

When fit with Acuvue Vita contact lenses by your eye care provider, you’ll receive a trial lens that is good for one month. Once your prescription is finalized, you can purchase these contacts in either a 6 month or year supply. There is also a rebate program that you might be eligible for. Ask your eye care provider for more information on this.

If you desire to sleep in your contact lenses, look else wear. Unfortunately, Acuvue Vita contacts are not FDA approved for extended wear.

Note: I recommend taking out Acuvue Vita contacts every night and storing them in Biotrue, RevitaLens, or Opti-free Pure Moist contact lens solution. However, if you’re experiencing depositing or contact lens build-up, consider Clear Care Cleaning & Disinfection Solution.

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Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism contact lens
Source: Acuvue.com

Does Acuvue Vita have a contact lens for astigmatism?

Yes! Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism was released in 2017, and is available in a wide range of powers.

In addition to the HydraMax technology, this lens boasts a Blink Stabilized design, which aids in the lens responding to eyelid movement to help maintain consistent and clear vision. When polled, three out of four wearers reported that their vision remained stable, crisp and clear even during head or eye movement.

For patients who have astigmatism, their spectacle and contact lens prescription must sit in a specific place in order to provide clear vision. This is why a stable and reliable lens fit is pertinent for adequate vision in astigmatic patients. 

If you’re an astigmatism patient who has struggled with finding a good toric lens fit in the past, Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism may be an option to consider trying with your eye doctor.

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Does Acuvue Vita have a contact lens for presbyopia?

No, Unfortunately, this lens design is not available for patients who have presbyopia. Presbyopic patients could wear these lenses as a prescription for distance viewing only but they would require reading glasses over top of their contacts for adequate near vision.

Alternatively, depending on your prescription, your eye doctor could prescribe these lenses in an appropriate monovision correction to help avoid the need for reading glasses. However, when available, I always recommend multifocal designs for my patients. It provides improved depth perception and less visual compromise compared to monovision. Since Acuvue Vita is not available in a multifocal design, I would suggest a different lens for presbyopic patients.

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What people are saying…

From Johnson and Johnson

  • The HydraMax technology in Acuvue Vita lenses provides improved hydration for month-long comfort and has even shown better comfort at week 4 compared to competitor lenses at week 1.  
  • The Blink Stabilized Design of the toric lens has been shown to provide adequate stability and clear vision in 3 out of 4 wearers. 
  • The Acuvue Vita family of lenses has a wide range of available prescriptions, meeting the needs of almost 96% of spherical and toric lens wearers. 

Are Acuvue Vita contacts right for you?

Pros

  • With being a monthly replacement lens, Acuvue Vita is a great alternative for patients who are currently over wearing their biweekly lenses. 
  • Class 1 UV protection offers an added layer of protection, although is not a substitute for UV absorbing eyewear. 
  • The HydraMax technology and Infinity Edge design in this family of lenses help to maintain good lens moisture and a more comfortable fit, respectively. 

Cons

  • Not available in a multifocal design so presbyopic patients would either need to wear reading glasses for near demands or wear a monovision prescription which will decrease depth perception compared to a multifocal lens. 
  • Although available in a wide range of powers, the Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism lens is limited for farsighted (hyperopic) patients requiring power above +4.00. 
  • This lens is not approved for overnight wear and needs to be removed every night to prevent potential infections.

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How much do Acuvue Vita contacts cost?

The best place to look is at your eye doctor’s office. However, if you’re looking to price things out from home, consider checking out contact lens retailers online. Right now suggested retail for a box of 6 lenses is as follows:

  • Acuvue Vita – $64.00
  • Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism – $68.00

Final thoughts

In my experience, many patients in the biweekly Acuvue Oasys lenses experience poor comfort and admit to over wear (replacing their lenses monthly instead of biweekly). However, some of these patients are unwavering in their loyalty to the Acuvue family and hesitant to change. 

The monthly Acuvue Vita lenses by Johnson and Johnson Vision are a great alternative for patients who love Acuvue lenses but have been over wearing their biweekly Oasys lenses or for those looking for improved comfort in a new monthly lens.

In addition to being the only monthly lenses on the market to provide Class 1 UV protection, studies have shown that the majority of wearers report great month-long comfort as well as stable, crisp vision in the astigmatism lenses.

Although available to a large percentage of contact lens candidates, these lenses are currently not available in a multifocal design, limiting vision potential in presbyopic patients. 

If you’re interested in wearing Acuvue Vita, be sure to talk to your eye doctor to see if you would be a good candidate! 

What do you think of Acuvue Vita contact lenses? Leave your review in the comments below!

Acuvue Vita Review
Overall
4.5
  • Price
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Comments Rating 4 (1 review)

Summary

Acuvue Vita is a monthly contact lens from Johnson and Johnson Vision. It’s a great alternative for patients who love Acuvue lenses but have been over wearing their biweekly Oasys lenses or for those looking for improved comfort in a new monthly lens.

Pros

  • With being a monthly replacement lens, Acuvue Vita is a great alternative for patients who are currently over wearing their biweekly lenses. 
  • Class 1 UV protection offers an added layer of protection, although is not a substitute for UV absorbing eyewear. 
  • The HydraMax technology and Infinity Edge design in this family of lenses help to maintain good lens moisture and a more comfortable fit, respectively. 

Cons

  • Not available in a multifocal design so presbyopic patients would either need to wear reading glasses for near demands or wear a monovision prescription which will decrease depth perception compared to a multifocal lens. 
  • Although available in a wide range of powers, the Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism lens is limited for farsighted (hyperopic) patients requiring power above +4.00. 
  • This lens is not approved for overnight wear and needs to be removed every night to prevent potential infections.

Acuvue Vita overview

Acuvue VitaAcuvue Vita for Astigmatism
Year of US market release20162017
Base curve (i.e. curvature of the contact lens)8.4 & 8.88.6
Diameter (i.e. width of the contact lens)14.014.5
Powers+8.00D to -12.00D
• +0.50D to +8.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -0.50D to -6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -6.50D to -12.00D (in 0.50D steps)
+4.00D to -9.00D
• +0.50D to +6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• 0.00D to -6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -6.50D to -9.00D (in 0.50D steps)
Cylindern/a-0.75, -1.25, -1.75, -2.25
Axisn/a10° to 180° (in 10° steps)
Add powersn/an/a
Handling tintLight blueLight blue
Materialsenofilcon C
(silicone hydrogel)
senofilcon C
(silicone hydrogel)
Water content41%41%
Dk/t (i.e. oxygen transmissibility)
147 @ -3.00129 @ -3.00
Center thickness
0.07 mm @ -3.000.08 mm @ -3.00
TechnologyHydraMax TechnologyHydraMax Technology
Wear typeDaily wearDaily wear
Replacement scheduleOne month (i.e. throw away at the end of one month)One month (i.e. throw away at the end of one month)
TrialsSingle lenses Single lenses
Available for purchase6 lenses per a box6 lenses per a box
Approved to be slept in?NoNo
Inside out markings?Yes (123)No
Rebate available?YesYes
UV protection?Yes (Class 1)Yes (Class 1)

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  1. Avatar Abby Galloway July 15, 2020
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