DAILIES TOTAL1 Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

DAILIES TOTAL 1 Review, Pricing, and More

Do you experience frequent dryness or discomfort while wearing your contact lenses? Are you looking for a premium lens option that was uniquely designed for maximum comfort? If so, I highly recommend you try Alcon’s DAILIES TOTAL1 contact lens!

Dailies Total1 contact lenses

Water gradient = increased comfort

To start, DAILIES TOTAL1 was first released to the US market in 2013. It’s unique because it’s the first-ever water gradient contact lens available!

Dailies Total1® Water Gradient Contact Lenses
Credit: Myalcon

At its silicone hydrogel core, this lens is made up of 33% water content. This water repelling (i.e. hydrophobic) design allows it to provide the front of your eye with superior breathability (i.e. oxygen transmissibility). In fact, DAILIES TOTAL1 has the highest oxygen transmissibility of any daily disposable lens on the market!

On the other hand, its surface is designed to be water-loving (i.e. hydrophilic) and is made up of 80% water content – matching the corneal surface it sits on. In fact, this lens approaches 100% water content at the very front and back of the lens! Overall, this design provides your eye with a very comfortable and smooth gliding surface that lasts all day.

Dailies Total1® Water Gradient Contact Lenses comfort ratings
Credit: Myalcon

It’s important to note the high lubricity (i.e. slipperiness) of this lens can make it difficult to handle. Therefore, I highly recommend you have dry hands when putting in and taking out this lens.

In a nutshell, what does all this jargon mean to you? White, healthy-looking and feeling eyes, all day long!


Powers, availability and more

DAILIES TOTAL1 is available in powers ranging from -12 to +6. Therefore, it is designed to fit a large range of contact lens wearers. Alcon uses Lightstream manufacturing technology that enables them to create this truly unique, water gradient contact lens.

Dailies Total1 contact lenses blister pack

When fit with DAILIES TOTAL1 by your eye care professional, you’ll receive a trial box that contains 5 contact lenses for each eye. In fact, DAILIES TOTAL1 even has a free trial offer you can print out and provide your eye doctor. Once your prescription is finalized, these contact lenses are available for purchase in 30 packs and 90 packs. Also, as noted in the name, they are designed for daily wear and should be thrown away at the end of the day. Therefore, they’re NOT approved to be slept in!

What people are saying…

From the manufacturer

According to surveys and clinical studies performed by Alcon:

  • 9 out of 10 patients agree DAILIES TOTAL1 contact lenses are so comfortable they don’t feel like anything!
  • 13:1 patients preferred DAILIES TOTAL1 to their old lenses.
  • More than 9 out of 10 patients were satisfied with DAILIES TOTAL1 contact lenses.

From our eye care team

Dr. Rachael WrubleI think this lens is a game changer! It’s literally one of the first lenses I can put in my eyes and not feel it. Also, it does not get dry at the end of the day. Honestly, I’m a tough critic when it comes to contact lenses. I’ve been wearing them for over 20 years and have tried everything on the market. These lenses are so comfortable that I literally forgot they were in my eyes at the end of the day. – Dr. Rachael Wruble

Dr. Ryan CorteThis lens is a fantastic option for patients looking for more comfort from their contact lenses OR for those suffering from dry eye disease! Also, my presbyopic (over 40 years old) patients LOVE the DAILIES TOTAL1 multifocal. Outside of this lens being a little tough for some patients to handle, I highly recommend DAILIES TOTAL1 to anyone that is looking for a premium lens option! – Dr. Ryan Corte

Is DAILIES TOTAL1 right for you?


  • Outstanding comfort that lasts all day long.
  • A new, state of the art water gradient lens design.
  • Superior breathability that keeps your eyes looking and feeling great.
  • Available in a beautifully designed multifocal lens option.


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As mentioned above, these lenses aren’t cheap. Before purchasing them, the best place to look is at your eye doctor’s office. Right now a 90 pack of lenses is going for ~ $60-70 a box.

Also, don’t forget about the rebate!

Final thoughts

If contacts could ever feel “luxurious,” this would be the lenses to beat! It’s definitely the smoothest and freshest feeling lens that has been released in the past few years.

Price-wise, it might be a hard pill to swallow in comparison to the other healthy daily options we now have available. That being said, a chronic dry eye sufferer or an otherwise contact lens intolerant patient should most definitely try out this lens if all else has failed.

With its 8.5 base curve, I find that this lens fits a wide range of eyeballs! Additionally, I’ve updated my vocabulary to now include the word “lubricious” thanks to their company’s strategic marketing.

Curious if you’re a candidate for wearing DAILIES TOTAL1 contact lenses? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!


Year of US market release2013
Base curve (i.e. curvature of the contact lens)8.5
Diameter (i.e. width of the contact lens)14.1
Powers+6.00D to -12.00D
• +0.50D to +6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -0.50D to -6.00D (in 0.25D steps)
• -6.50D to -12.00D (in 0.50D steps)
Handling tintLight Blue VISITINT®
MaterialDelefilcon A
Core water content
Surface water content
Dk (i.e. oxygen permeability)
Dk/t (i.e. oxygen transmissibility)
156 @ -3.00
Center thickness
0.09mm @ -3.00
ManufacturingLightstream® technology
Wear typeDaily wear
Replacement scheduleDaily (i.e. throw away at the end of the day)
Trials5 lenses
Available for purchase30 or 90 lens packs
Approved to be slept in?No
Inside out markings?No
Rebate available?Yes
UV protection?No


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Dr. Vicky Wong is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. For undergrad, she went to Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania, and then received her optometric doctorate from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She completed an additional residency at the Lexington VA Medical Center affiliated with the University of Kentucky with a special emphasis in Low Vision and Ocular Disease management. Now, she currently practices at a four doctor office in Rockville, MD. With her background, she is confidentiality able to take care of her patients that are both young and wise!