Bausch and Lomb Ultra Review
Bausch + Lomb ULTRA Contact Lenses
Bausch + Lomb (we’ll call them B&L for short) contact lenses are made out of high DK/t silicone hydrogel material, a substance that allows for ultimate oxygen flow to the eye. This results in unparalleled comfort, and you don’t have to worry about your contacts drying out at the end of the day. B&L ULTRA is also manufactured with our technological-filled world in mind, helping your eyes stay moist even when looking at screens all day long.
To ensure that your contact lenses are providing utmost comfort throughout their entire wear, B&L ULTRA has two major components. The first component is the contact lens material: DK/t silicone hydrogel. This extra-special material provides increased oxygen travel to the eye, preventing your contacts (and your eyes) from drying out. Second, Bausch + Lomb has decided to add a wetting-agent to their lenses, assisting in natural hydration and moisture every time you put in your contacts. This keeps your ULTRA lenses comfortable until the minute you take them out.
Have you ever put in your contacts and felt a slight burning sensation? That’s probably due to your contact solution. This is a sign that your solution contains preservatives that your eyes don’t agree with and should be avoided. Luckily, B&L ULTRA exclusively utilizes a low-preservative solution to keep your eyes as happy and healthy as possible.
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Powers and Parameters
B&L ULTRA covers most eyesight ranges, with powers going from -12.00 to +6.00. However, it does only come in one base curve and diameter.
This is a monthly disposable contact lens, able to be worn for up to 30 days as long as you take them out at night. Interestingly, B&L ULTRA is also FDA-approved for six nights of continuous wear, meaning you do not have to take them out when you sleep. While these contacts are approved for this, most eye doctors recommended avoiding doing so as it can still put your eye health at risk and cause serious complications. Though, this definitely is helpful when you’re caught in a pinch without your contact solution or case-- you can just sleep in them. We simply don’t suggest doing this often.
Can You Sleep in B&L ULTRA?
Actually, yes, you can. This is one of the few contact lenses that are FDA-approved for occasional continuous wear, though it is still not recommended. With B&L ULTRA, you can wear these contacts for up to six nights in a row before you must take them out. This is not something that should be done often, though, as sleeping in your contacts affects your contacts’ oxygen permeability, which is crucial to your eye’s health.
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Does B&L ULTRA Have a Toric Lens for Astigmatism?
Yes, B&L does offer an ULTRA toric lens for those with astigmatism. These toric lenses are made with a special OpticAlign Design to help prevent the lens from rotating on the eye during use. Lens rotation can easily make your vision blurry, especially when blinking, and even a one-degree shift can affect your sight. Bausch + Lomb reports that 94% of contact-lens-wearers experience five degrees of rotation or less during wear, and this technoscientific technology is designed to combat that directly.
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Does B&L ULTRA Have a Lens for Presbyopia?
Yes, B&L ULTRA also has a multifocal lens for those with presbyopia, and it comes with the same 3-in-1 technology that other multifocal lenses from B&L offer. This allows for the contact lens to correct distant, near, and intermediate viewing simultaneously, creating more comprehensive correction than ever before. This type of correction may take a bit to get used to, so always consult with your doctor about finding the perfect prescription before making your final choice.
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Does B&L ULTRA Have a Lens for Both Astigmatism and Presbyopia?
Yes! B&L ULTRA is one of two contact lens brands to offer a lens that corrects both astigmatism and presbyopia. Though this brand doesn’t offer every range or combination of power, it is still a great brand to inquire about to your eye doctor. They’ll let you know if these lenses are right for you.
Do keep in mind that this complex design results in a more expensive price point than your typical reading glasses. However, contacts such as these are much more accessible and you don’t have to worry about carrying around an extra pair of glasses. Don’t let the high price stop you from asking your eye doctor about this special brand.
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How Much Does B&L ULTRA Cost?
For your typical spherical lenses, you can purchase a six-pack for $56.
At $118 for a 6-pack, Ultra's Multifocal for Astigmatism lenses are a little bit more expensive than their other lenses, but this is because each lens needs to be custom manufactured to your precise prescription.
If you want to do a price comparison to confirm you are getting the lowest price possible, we recommend checking a site like CheapestLenses.com. You can search your prescribed brand and compare across multiple websites.
Pros and Cons
Just like every contact brand, Bausch + Lomb ULTRA has its pros and cons. We’ve listed them for you to easily read down below.
- B&L ULTRA are extremely comfortable lenses that are meant specifically to handle digital screen strain.
- These contacts are made from a special silicone hydrogel material called high DK/t that result in extra oxygen flow throughout wear.
- Utilizes low-preservative solution for extra sensitivity
- Huge range of options that cover almost all vision conditions.
- B&L ULTRA is one of the most expensive monthly options on the market, especially if you have both astigmatism and presbyopia.
- Although it has been made with special material for extra oxygen permeability, doctors will still recommend daily disposable contact lenses for their fresh use, cleanliness, and reduced risk of infection and bacteria.
All in all, Bausch + Lomb ULTRA are extremely comfortable, hydrating contact lenses that have more complex technology than most contacts on the market. Great for preventing eye strain from digital screens while simultaneously providing natural hydration, these high-quality lenses are available for almost every contact-lens-wearer out there. With the option to buy spherical, toric, multifocal, or even multifocal and toric, B&L ULTRA is a great brand to turn to.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to shell out a little bit more cash for these contacts, their unique features and widespread power ranges make it more than with it. As long as you don’t try wearing these contacts for more than a month, your eyes will be feeling better, seeing clearer, and staying more comfortable day after day.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can I wear B&L Ultra contact lenses?
Bausch and Lomb recommends wearing Ultra contact lenses for up to 16 hours at a time. They are also approved for limited sleeping in, but most doctors do not recommend that.
Can I sleep in B&L Ultra contact lenses?
B&L Ultra contact lenses are approved to be slept in for up to 7 days, but must be discarded after being slept in. If you take out your lenses each night, B&L Ultra can last for up to a month with proper care. Most doctors recommend not sleeping in B&L Ultra except in emergency situations.
Do B&L Ultra contact lenses have UV protection?
B&L Ultra contact lenses do not have UV protection, so make sure to wear your sunglasses over your contact lenses on sunny days!
Are B&L Ultra contact lenses extended wear?
B&L Ultra are approved for up to 7 days of continuous or extended wear, but must be disposed of after they are taken out. B&L Ultra for Astigmatism and Ultra for Presbyopia are also approved for extended wear.