Product: Biofinty Energys
Type: Monthly, Spherical (not for astigmatism)
Available in: 6-pack
The Biofinity Family
Biofinity by Coopervision is one of the leading lines of contact lenses on the market and has been for a long time. Its highly breathable material and many of versions has made it a go-to contact lens brand for many optometrists and patients alike.
You can tell the success of a brand by how many different lines it has. Biofinity has now branched into 6 lines. They are:
- Biofinity Toric
- Biofinity Multifocal
- Biofinity XR
- Biofinity Toric XR
- Biofinity Energys (most recent)
The Monthly Contact Lens Revolution
Biofinity Energys is Coopervision’s entry into the market of new wave monthly lenses. Between the years of 2008 and 2014, no new monthly contact lenses were developed by the contact lens manufacturers. During those years there was a big incentive for companies to produce new daily contact lens brands, so that’s what they did.
What seemed like an obsession over daily contact lenses by the contact lens manufacturers caused them to take their finger off the pulse of what contact lens wearers actually wanted. When they realized that the market share of daily contact lenses wasn’t really going up, and that a large majority of contact lens wearers were still looking for monthly lenses, they shifted gears.
Starting in 2014, one at time, all the contact lens manufacturers decided to put out new monthly contacts lenses. They were:
- ULTRA by Bausch & Lomb
- Acuvue Vita by Johnson & Johnson
- Air Optix plus Hydraglyde by Alcon
- Biofinity Energys by CooperVision
What’s Different About Biofinity Energys
Biofinity Energys actually has something quite unique about it. It’s called Digital Zone Optics. This is a feature that CooperVision developed to help alleviate the strain that accumulates in the muscles in our eyes when we spend too much time looking at digital devices.
For some reason there doesn’t appear to be a promotional video out for Biofinity Energys in English. So here’s one in Spanish, I think you’ll get the idea…
Reason For Digital Zone Optics
A phenomenon known as Digital Eye Strain (a.k.a accommodative strain) has been an increasing problem in the realm of eye health since the advent of smartphones, tablets, and the general shift to computers for everything we do. Digital Eye Strain happens when we look at digital devices that are close up (withing arms length) for prolonged periods of time. The muscles in our eyes can’t sustain that kind of vision comfortably for long, and that’s when the problems start to kick in.
To address this growing concern, the eye care industry has developed many special lens designs for glasses that can alleviate this type of strain. Examples of these are:
All of these lenses reduce the impact of Digital Eye Strain by providing the visual system with something called plus power. These lenses put the additional plus power in strategic places which aligns with your line of sight when you look at digital devices, but not when you’re looking elsewhere.
These lenses are becoming more and more recommended by optometrists for heavy digital device users. But of course, they are all lens designs for your glasses. So what are contact lens users to do?
Until Biofinty Energys, contact lens users did not have an effective tool to with which to combat Digital Eye Strain. CooperVision saw this and capitalized on that opportunity by addeding Digital Zone Optics to their massively successful Biofinity contact lenses.
What Digital Zone Optics Does
Digital Zone Optics applies similar principles that the digital lenses for glasses mentioned above use to reduce Digital Eye Strain. It spread positive power throughout the surface of the contact lens so that your eyes don’t have to work as hard when their looking a screens. This reduces the effect of Digital Eye Strain.
This type of lens design is unique to Biofinity Energys. Whereas all of the other new wave monthly contact lenses focus of preventing the dryness that results from wearing contacts all day in front of digital devices, Biofinity Energys focuses on relaxing your eyes instead.
Downsides of Biofinity Energys
The downside to the Biofinity Energys is that CooperVision did not improve on the comfort of the lens at all. It is the exact same material as the regular Biofinity, which was launched back in 2006. Of course, the Biofinty lens material is still good, and overall it’s still a quality lens. But comfort-wise, compared to ULTRA by Basuch + Lomb and Acuvue Vita by Johnson & Johnson, the Biofinity Energys it just doesn’t measure up.
Biofinity Energys Price
The cost of Biofinity Energys will be about the same as its premium monthly contact lens competitors. As of now, there still aren’t very many online retailers that carry Biofinity Energys, but the ones that do are selling it for between $50-$55 USD/box of 6 contacts.
It’s certainly more expensive than the regular Biofinity contact lenses, but for those people who spend 8+ hours a day in front of digital devices, the added benefit of the Digital Zone Optics might just be the thing you needed to help get you through the day.
Biofinity Energys Details
Material: comfilcon A
Water content: 48%
Oxygen transmissibility: 160 Dk/t
Extended wear: Daily or up to 6 nights/ 7 days extended wear
Design: Digital Zone Optics and Aquaform Technology
Base curve: 8.6
Sphere power: +8.00D to -12.00D (0.50D steps after +/-6.00D)
Center thickness: 0.08 @ -3.00D
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