Bausch + Lomb Ultra Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Do you spend several hours of your day looking at a computer screen and want a contact lens that can keep up with your digital life? If so, you should try Bausch + Lomb’s Ultra contact lens.

In fact, this lens is designed with digital device users in mind! When you look at a screen, you blink 66% less than you do normally. Unfortunately, this can lead to your contacts drying out. Bausch + Lomb recognized this problem and responded by creating a contact lens with extreme comfort by incorporating MoistureSeal technology.

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Bausch + Lomb Ultra contact lens
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What is MoistureSeal technology?

MoistureSeal technology is a proprietary technology that retains moisture and makes the surface of the Ultra contact lens highly wettable. It’s created via a two-phase manufacturing process.

Phase 1 produces a unique silicone material that is highly breathable. Phase 2 is where a wetting agent called PVP is embedded through the lens as well as on the surface.

The result is a lens that maintains 95% of its moisture for 16 hours! According to Bausch + Lomb, 9 out of 10 patients agree that Ultra helps relieve their eyes from feeling dry and tired after a long day of looking at digital devices.

Another benefit of this lens is clarity. Ultra contacts contain aspheric optics. This design helps reduce halo and glare (i.e. spherical aberrations), meaning your vision will be better during low light levels.

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Powers, availability, and more

Ultra 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 +6.00 so it will fit a large range of contact lens wearers.

Also, Ultra contacts are FDA approved for extended wear. This means you can sleep in the lens up to 6 nights in a row (although I don’t recommend this).

Note: I recommend taking out Ultra contacts every night and storing them in BiotrueRevitaLens, 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.

When fit with Ultra contact lenses by your eye care provider, you’ll receive a trial lens that is good for one month. Bausch + Lomb actually has a certificate for a free trial that you can print out and show your eye doctor.

Once your prescription is finalized, you can purchase these contacts in either a 6 month supply or a year supply. There is also a rewards program that you might be eligible. Ask your eye care provider for more information on this.

Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Astigmatism contact lenses were released to the US market in 2017.
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Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Astigmatism 

Ultra for Astigmatism is a great option if you have enough astigmatism to be corrected in a contact lens. This lens has what is known as an OpticAlign Design, providing you with excellent lens stability on the eye and minimal rotation.

Contact lens movement is particularly important when talking about contacts for astigmatism. If a lens has excessive lens movement, your vision will not remain clear as you blink. According to Bausch + Lomb, Ultra for Astigmatism boasts 5 degrees or less rotation in 94% of patients. 

Furthermore, it’s available as a -2.75 cyl option, which is higher than most standard monthly contacts. As a result, even patients with large amounts of astigmatism can successfully wear this lens.

Ultra for Presbyopia contacts
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Bausch + Lomb Ultra for Presbyopia

Ultra for Presbyopia is a multifocal contact lens with a 3-Zone Progressive Design. This means it provides you with seamless vision at distance, intermediate, and near.

For presbyopia contact lenses to work well, they need to stay hydrated and have excellent optics. Ultra for Presbyopia has both of these! It has the MoistureSeal technology to maintain maximum hydration through the day and center-near aspheric optics to provide you with exceptional clarity.

ULTRA Multifocal for Astigmatism contact lens
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Bausch + Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism

Brand new to the Ultra family of lenses is Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism. This lens is one of a kind as it’s available as a standard offering at most eye doctor’s offices and corrects for both astigmatism AND presbyopia.

Designed on the backbone of Ultra for Astigmatism and Ultra for Presbyopia, this lens corrects distance, intermediate, and near vision as well as astigmatism. Release in June of 2019, it’s already creating a lot of buzz in the eye care industry!

What people are saying…

From Bausch + Lomb

  • With MoistureSeal technology, the lens maintains 95% of its moisture for a full 16 hours.
  • 9 out of 10 patients agree it’s as comfortable at the end of the day as it is in the beginning.
  • These lenses have an aspheric optical design to reduce inherent and induced spherical aberration.

Is Bausch + Lomb Ultra right for you?

Pros

  • Has a wide range of powers so it can accommodate most prescriptions.
  • Is extremely comfortable and is designed for digital device users. In fact, 9 out of 10 patients agree that Bausch + Lomb Ultra contact lenses help relieve their eyes from feeling dry and tired after a long day of looking at digital devices.
  • Available in a complete family of lenses (i.e. nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, multifocal, and multifocal for astigmatism).

Cons

  • Is a one-month replacement lens which requires cleaning, storage, and the purchasing of contact lens solution.
  • Can be more expensive if you end up ripping a lens.

How much does Bausch + Lomb Ultra 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 a box of 6 lenses is as follows:

  • Ultra – $58
  • Ultra for Astigmatism – $70
  • Ultra for Presbyopia – $87
  • Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism – $120

Plus, Bausch + Lomb has a rewards program that can offer even more savings!

Final thoughts

Overall, this is a fantastic contact lens option! It provides excellent comfort at an affordable price point. Plus, it has a complete family of lenses (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, multifocal, and multifocal for astigmatism) that can accommodate most visual needs.

Lastly, these lenses are risk-free! If you buy boxes of Ultra and feel like they are not for you, you have 90 days from your date of purchase to return them, even if the boxes are opened. That is how confident Bausch + Lomb is that you will love the lenses!

Personally, I prefer fitting patients in daily contacts lenses. However, there are certainly patients who do not want a daily lens or can’t wear one. With this in mind, Ultra is a great option given the great breathability of the lens and the all-day comfort.

Interested in trying out Ultra contact lenses? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

What do you think of Bausch + Lomb Ultra? Leave your review in the comments below!

Bausch + Lomb Ultra Review
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  • Vision
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Summary

Bausch + Lomb Ultra is a fantastic contact lens option! It provides excellent comfort at an affordable price point. Plus, it has a complete family of lenses (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, multifocal, and multifocal for astigmatism) that can accommodate most visual needs.

Pros

  • Has a wide range of powers so it can accommodate most prescriptions.
  • Is extremely comfortable and is designed for digital device users. In fact, 9 out of 10 patients agree that Bausch + Lomb Ultra contact lenses help relieve their eyes from feeling dry and tired after a long day of looking at digital devices.
  • Available in a complete family of lenses (i.e. nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, multifocal, and multifocal for astigmatism).

Cons

  • Is a one-month replacement lens which requires cleaning, storage, and the purchasing of contact lens solution.
  • Can be more expensive if you end up ripping a lens.

Bausch + Lomb Ultra details

UltraUltra for AstigmatismUltra for PresbyopiaUltra Multifocal for Astigmatism
Year of US market release2014201720162019
Base curve (i.e. curvature of the contact lens)8.58.68.58.6
Diameter (i.e. width of the contact lens)14.214.514.214.5
Powers+6.00D to -12.00D
• +0.25D to +6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -0.25D to -6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -6.50D to -12.00D (in 0.50D steps)
+6.00D to -9.00D
• +0.25D to +6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -0.25D to -6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -6.50D to -9.00D (in 0.50D steps)
+6.00D to -10.00D in 0.25D steps (including plano)+4.00D to -6.00D
• +0.25D to +4.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -0.25D to -6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
Cylindern/a-0.75, -1.25, -1.75, -2.25, -2.75n/a-0.75, -1.25, -1.75
Axisn/a10° to 180° (in 10° steps)
n/a10° to 180° (in 10° steps)
Add powersn/an/aLow (+0.75 to +1.25 spectacle add) and High (+1.50 to +2.50 spectacle add)Low (+0.75 to +1.25 spectacle add) and High (+1.50 to +2.50 spectacle add)
Handling tintLight blueLight blueLight blueLight blue
Materialsamfilcon A
(silicone hydrogel)
samfilcon A
(silicone hydrogel)
samfilcon A
(silicone hydrogel)
samfilcon A
(silicone hydrogel)
Water content46%46%46%46%
Dk/t (i.e. oxygen transmissibility)
163 @ -3.00114 @ -3.00163 @ -3.00114 @ -3.00
Center thickness
0.07 mm @ -3.000.1 mm @ -3.000.07 mm @ -3.000.1 mm @ -3.00
TechnologyMoistureSeal Technology and aspheric opticsMoistureSeal Technology, OpticAlign Design, aspheric opticsMoistureSeal Technology, 3-Zone Progressive, center-near aspheric opticsMoistureSeal Technology, OpticAlign Design, 3-Zone Progressive, center-near aspheric optics
Wear typeDaily wearDaily wearDaily 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)One 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 Single lenses Single lenses
Available for purchase6 lenses per a box6 lenses per a box6 lenses per a box6 lenses per a box
Approved to be slept in?Yes (6 nights in a row)Yes (6 nights in a row)Yes (6 nights in a row)Yes (6 nights in a row)
Inside out markings?NoNoNoNo
Rebate available?YesYesYesYes
UV protection?NoNoNoNo

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Hi, my name is Jaclyn Garlich and I’m an optometrist practicing in Milwaukee, WI. I grew up in St. Louis, MO and I went to optometry school at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. After optometry school, I did a residency in primary care and ocular diseases at the St. Louis VAMC. One thing I love about optometry is making my patients see better but, in particular, those patients with severe corneal dystrophies. I fit a lot of specialty contact lenses and I find it very rewarding to see a patient go from 20/200 vision to 20/20 vision. When I’m not practicing optometry I write an optometry newsletter called 20/20 Glance. It’s a once a week email delivered every Monday morning with a rundown of what’s new in optometry for the past week. It’s an easy way for the busy clinician to stay up-to-date.

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