Dailies Total1 Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Dailies Total1

Do you experience frequent dryness or discomfort while wearing your contacts? Are you looking for a premium daily lens option that was uniquely designed for maximum comfort? If so, I highly recommend trying Alcon’s Dailies Total1 contact lens!

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Water gradient = increased comfort

To start, Dailies Total1 was first released to the US market in 2013. This product is unique because it’s the first-ever water gradient contact lens!

Dailies Total1® Water Gradient Contact Lenses
Source: Alcon

At its silicone hydrogel core, the lens is made up of 33% water content. Its 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, Dailies Total1 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
Source: Alcon

SmarTears Technology and high lubricity

Dailies Total1 also contains SmarTears Technology that features the release of an ingredient found naturally in your tears. As a result, it helps stabilize your eye’s tear film and keeps you comfortable.

Before wearing the lens, 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!

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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 an eye care professional, you’ll receive a trial box that contains 5 contacts 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!

Note: If you plan on taking your daily contact lenses out for a nap or to go swimming, we recommend storing them in Biotrue, RevitaLens, or Opti-free Pure Moist contact lens solutions.

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Does Dailies Total1 have a lens for astigmatism?

Unfortunately, not at this time. However, that doesn’t mean Alcon won’t launch Dailies Total1 Toric in the near future! Stay tuned.

Dailies Total1 Multifocal
Source: Alcon

Does Dailies Total1 have a lens for presbyopia?

Yes! Dailies Total1 Multifocal is a multifocal contact lens designed to correct presbyopia. It has a center near, Precision Profile Design that is designed to provide you with seamless vision at distance, intermediate, and near. Plus, patients who love the comfort of Dailies Total1 transition nicely into this lens once they hit their early 40s.

What people are saying…

From 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 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.
  • Its superior breathability keeps your eyes looking and feeling great.
  • Available in a well designed multifocal lens.


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How much does Dailies Total1 cost?

As mentioned above, these lenses aren’t cheap. Before purchasing them, 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 90 pack of lenses is as follows:

  • Dailies Total1 – $98
  • Dailies Total1 Multifocal – $125

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. Patient’s love both the spherical and multifocal lens options available (now all they need is a toric option).

Price-wise, it might be a hard pill to swallow in comparison to the other 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.

Lastly, after speaking with an Alcon representative about the slipperiness of this lens, she recommended a couple of things. First, dump the lens out of its packaging into your hand instead of trying to remove it from its packaging. Next, make sure your hands are completely dry when putting in and taking out these lenses and do not use hand lotion around the time of doing so. If you’re having trouble getting the lenses out, try pulling them to the side of your eye and blinking them out.

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!

What are your thoughts on Dailies Total1? Leave your review in the comments below!

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Dailies Total1 has some of the newest contact lens technology and is the most breathable daily lens. If you’re looking for a premium daily contact lens option, it’s hard to do better than Dailies Total1!


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


Dailies Total1 details

Dailies Total1Dailies Total1 Multifocal
Year of US market release20132016
Base curve (i.e. curvature of the contact lens)8.58.5
Diameter (i.e. width of the contact lens)14.114.1
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)
+6.00D to -10.00D (in 0.25D steps)
Add powersn/aLow (Up to +1.25 spectacle add), Medium (+1.50 to +2.00 spectacle add), High (+2.25 to +2.50 spectacle add)
Handling tintLight Blue VISITINTLight Blue VISITINT
Materialdelefilcon A
(silicone hydrogel)
delefilcon A
(silicone hydrogel)
Core water content
Surface water content
Dk/t (i.e. oxygen transmissibility)
156 @ -3.00156 @ -3.00
Center thickness
0.09mm @ -3.000.09mm @ -3.00
TechnologyWater Gradient and Smart Tears TechnologyWater Gradient and Smart Tears Technology, center-near Precision Profile Design
Wear typeDaily wearDaily wear
Replacement scheduleDaily (i.e. throw away at the end of the day)Daily (i.e. throw away at the end of the day)
Trials5 lenses 5 lenses
Available for purchase30 or 90 lens packs 30 or 90 lens packs
Approved to be slept in?NoNo
Inside out markings?NoNo
Rebate available?YesYes
UV protection?NoNo



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