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Acuvue Oasys vs Acuvue 2
Medically reviewed by Sharon Copeland on 24 June 2021
If you’re looking for reliable two weekly disposable lenses, you may have wondered what the difference is between Acuvue Oasys and Acuvue 2. We’ll go through the specifications, materials and special features of both of these Acuvue contact lenses to help you choose the right lens for you. Have a look at our table below to see the differences and similarities between these two lenses.
|Acuvue Oasys||Acuvue 2|
|Manufacturer||Johnson & Johnson||Johnson & Johnson|
|Replacement Schedule||Two weekly disposable||Two weekly disposable|
|Wearing Details||Daily wear or up to 6 consecutive nights extended wear||Daily wear (two week replacement)|
|Sphere/ Powers||-12.00D to -6.00D in 0.5 steps
-6.00D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps
+6.00D to +8.00D in 0.5 steps
|-12.00D to -6.50D in 0.5 steps |
-6.50D to +6.00D in 0.25 steps
+6.00D to +8.00D in 0.5 steps
|Base Curves (B.C)||8.4mm
|Lens Material||Silicone hydrogel
|Ionic hydrogel |
|% of Water||38%||58%|
|Oxygen Permeability||147 Dk/t||33 Dk/t|
|Benefits & Features|
|UV Blocking||Class 1
|Class 2 |
|Packaging and Pricing|
|Packaging Details||6 lenses per box||6 lenses per box|
|Price per box||£17.89||£17.89|
What is similar about Acuvue Oasys and Acuvue 2?
These lenses can both be worn daily as long as they are taken out each night to be cleaned and stored, ready for the next day. These two weekly contact lenses should be replaced every two weeks.
Similarities between Acuvue Oasys and Acuvue 2
- Visibility tint (to make handling the lens easier)
- Both have 6 lenses in a box, which means each box should last 12 weeks.
- UV protection
- Similar price point
What are the differences between Acuvue 2 and Acuvue Oasys?
Acuvue 2 lenses have a higher water content at 58%, providing a more hydrating lens wearing experience. Although Acuvue Oasys has a lower water content of 39%, it does have a higher oxygen permeability than Acuvue 2, giving incredible breathability throughout wear. Acuvue Oasys is suitable for extended wear, if approved by your optician. The Oasys lens also has a more advanced UVA blocker, although it is a less advanced material as they are hydrogel lenses.
Which is better, Acuvue 2 or Acuvue Oasys?
There are a few key differences between these two weekly lenses, with pros and cons for each. Acuvue Oasys is a more modern lens and a softer material. This lens provides increased breathability and hydration through its silicone hydrogel material, ideal for those with dry eyes.
Acuvue 2 is a first generation 2 weekly contact lens by Johnson & Johnson. Although this is an older style lens, it does have a higher water content that Acuvue Oasys, making is a very hydrating and comfortable option for those with drier eyes.
If you are unsure, you should visit your optician to discover what contact lenses are the best fit for your eyes as well as your lifestyle.
What Acuvue contacts can you sleep in?
You can sleep in Acuvue Oasys for up to 6 nights and 7 days, if approved by your optician. You cannot sleep in Acuvue 2 contact lenses as they are not approved for extended wear.