Biofinity Family of Contacts Review (Including Toric, Multifocal, and Energys)

Biofinity Review
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Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of contact lens options available to you? If you’re searching for a comfortable, affordable monthly contact lens option, there are a ton of great brands to choose from, which may have your head spinning. 

It’s always best to discuss your ocular health and contact lens goals with your eye doctor, so they can fit you into the best lens for you, specifically. However, it never hurts to educate yourself on the available options! 

The Biofinity family of contacts from Coopervision has been available since 2007 and provides a wide range of monthly replacement lenses to suit most patient’s needs, at a price point that is affordable and manageable for a year’s supply. In this article, I’ll review CooperVision’s Biofinity family of contacts, including the pros and cons of wearing these lenses.

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Aquaform technology 

The Biofinity line boasts Coopervision’s patented Aquaform technology which helps to maintain optimal month-long comfort. This technology creates a water-loving (hydrophilic) contact lens surface and requires less silicone per lens which results in higher oxygen transmissibility compared to other lenses. 

Aquaform also creates hydrogen bonds between the lens material and water, which is a fancy way of saying the lens pulls moisture into it, locking it inside. This results in better hydration which means improved comfort and fewer deposits on the lens surface.

In short, the Aquaform design found in the Biofinity family allows more oxygen to reach the front of the eye and maintains more moisture inside of the lens, creating a healthier and naturally wettable surface that is comfortable enough to wear all day and last all month with fewer deposits. 

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Powers, availability, and more

Biofinity 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 -20.00 to +15.00 so it will fit a very large range of contact lens wearers.

When fit with Biofinity contact lenses by your eye care provider, you’ll receive a trial lens that is good for one month. CooperVision actually has an e-coupon 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 rebate program that you might be eligible for. Ask your eye care provider for more information on this.

Also, Biofinity 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 Biofinity 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.

Biofinity Toric
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Does Biofinity have a contact lens for astigmatism?

Yes! The Biofinity line offers astigmatism correction in the form of Biofinity Toric and Biofinity XR Toric. These lenses were released in 2009 and 2016, respectively. 

The difference between these lenses lies in what type of prescription is available, with XR meaning “extended range” and correcting for higher levels of prescription than what is available in the standard toric lens.

Both lenses have the classic Biofinity Aquaform technology as well as Coopervision’s Optimized Toric Lens Geometry. This means that the toric lens has a few features that allow for better lens comfort and stability:

  • Uniform horizontal thickness that improves lens stability and decreases the amount of lens rotation, resulting in more consistent vision. 
  • A larger toric optic zone for a wider area of clear vision. 
  • A smooth, continuous, optimized ballast toric design for improved comfort when the contact interacts with your eyelid. 
  • The back surface of the lens has a unique curvature which enhances lens fit and stability. 

Since astigmatism correction requires a certain power to sit at a specific point in order to provide clear vision, it is pertinent that toric lenses are continuing to be updated with the newest technology to maintain the most stable fit possible. The Optimized Toric Lens Geometry is Coopervision’s answer to the common complaint of vision fluctuation in toric lens wearers.

Biofinity Multifocal
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Does Biofinity have a contact lens for presbyopia?

Yes! The Biofinity Multifocal lens was released to the United States market in 2011. 

In addition to Aquaform, this multifocal lens is also designed with Balanced Progressive Technology. This allows each lens to gradually and naturally transition through multiple correction zones (from distance to intermediate to near or vice versa). These lenses are available in both center distance and center near designs, and your eye doctor will determine your eye dominance in order to fit them appropriately. 

The Biofinity Multifocal is an excellent option for presbyopic patients who are aiming to achieve adequate vision at all ranges without the use of glasses. This lens also provides a more natural viewing experience than monovision, which can sacrifice depth perception.

Biofinity Toric Multifocal
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Does Biofinity have a contact lens for presbyopia and astigmatism?

Yes! Coopervision recently released the Biofinity Multifocal Toric lens in February of 2020 to provide correction for those who have both presbyopia and astigmatism. Built on Biofinity’s Aquaform technology it probably comes as no surprise that this lens also features Optimized Toric Lens Geometry and Balanced Progressive Technology.

More information on the Biofinity Multifocal Toric lens is coming soon as the lens is still becoming fully available throughout the US.

Biofinity Energys
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What about Biofinity Energys?

Another option in the Biofinity family is the Biofinity Energys contact lens. This lens was designed specifically for patients who experience eye fatigue after device use. 

Designed with Coopervision’s Digital Zone Optics lens design, Energys is able to help wearers comfortably transition on and off device use with ease. When using a computer or handheld device, your eyes require more effort to stay in focus. This is referred to as accommodation. Energys lenses relax some of this accommodation, making the transition back and forth more seamless. 

Similar to the other Biofinity lenses, Energys is a monthly replacement lens and has Aquaform technology to help maintain lens moisture. However, it is only available in spherical prescriptions. This means that patients who require toric or multifocal designs would not be a good candidate for this specific lens. 

Studies have shown that 90% of adults use a computer for 2 hours or more per day while 60% use one for over 5 hours per day. This results in a rate of 75% of patients experiencing fatigue and dryness at least once a week and 35% experience it once or more per day.

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What people are saying…

From Coopervision

  • The Aquaform technology of Biofinity lenses creates a bond between the lens surface and water, forming a hydrophilic surface that helps to maintain lens hydration and comfort. 
  • In the Biofinity Energys design, 8 out of 10 wearers noticed an improvement in eye fatigue from device use. 
  • The toric lenses boast Optimized toric Lens Geometry, which provides a wider range of vision and more stability, resulting in clearer vision. 
  • The multifocal lenses implement Balanced Progressive Technology which provides a seamless transition through distance, intermediate and near ranges via center distance and center near designs. 

Are Biofinity contacts right for you?

Pros

  • The advanced technology of these lenses helps to prevent lens dehydration and deposit formation to maintain all day comfort as well as aid in stability of fit to prevent fluctuation in vision.  
  • The Energys lens works to treat a very common symptom of end of day eye fatigue from device use. 
  • The Biofinity line comes in a wide range of available powers including spherical, astigmatism, multifocal (with and without astigmatism), and extended range for higher powers not commonly available in other soft lens brands.

Cons

  • Only available in monthly modality, which requires excellent handling and proper cleaning and storage to maintain the lifespan of the lens.
  • Unavailable in patients who require daily contact lens wear due to work environment, allergies, dryness, or other ocular health concerns. 
  • Not available in color lenses.

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How much do Biofinity 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:

  • Biofinity – $52
  • Biofinity XR – $57
  • Biofinity toric – $68
  • Biofinity XR toric – $130
  • Biofinity multifocal – $82
  • Biofinity toric multifocal – Coming soon
  • Biofinity Energys – $56

Final thoughts

The Biofinity family of lenses offers an extremely wide range of options for patients seeking comfortable, healthy monthly lenses. With the inclusion of extended range and multifocal toric, these lenses are able to cater to a demographic of patients who may not be candidates for other soft lens brands. 

For patients who use devices daily, the Energys design is a great option for helping to prevent end of the day eye fatigue from overused accommodation. Additionally, the price point and rebates help to make these lenses an affordable option that is within reach for many contact wearers. 

If you’re interested in trying one of the Biofinity lenses, talk with your eye doctor to learn which one you may be a good candidate for and try them out for yourself! 

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

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Summary

The Biofinity family of lenses offers an extremely wide range of options for patients seeking comfortable, healthy monthly lenses. With the inclusion of extended range and multifocal toric, these lenses are able to cater to a demographic of patients who may not be candidates for other soft lens brands.

Pros

  • The advanced technology of these lenses helps to prevent lens dehydration and deposit formation to maintain all day comfort as well as aid in stability of fit to prevent fluctuation in vision.  
  • The Energys lens works to treat a very common symptom of end of day eye fatigue from device use. 
  • The Biofinity line comes in a wide range of available powers including spherical, astigmatism, multifocal (with and without astigmatism), and extended range for higher powers not commonly available in other soft lens brands.

Cons

  • Only available in monthly modality, which requires excellent handling and proper cleaning and storage to maintain the lifespan of the lens.
  • Unavailable in patients who require daily contact lens wear due to work environment, allergies, dryness, or other ocular health concerns. 
  • Not available in color lenses.

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