A good friend of mine, Dr. Jeff Sonsino, recently posted about what the perfect daily lens would consist of. That got me thinking – what would be the perfect lens?

First, it would need to be extremely comfortable. The material used must be of high quality and last most of the day for most patients. The edge design is also critical for comfort. The modulus should be easy to handle, too.

A good friend of mine, Dr. Jeff Sonsino, recently posted about what the perfect daily lens would consist of. That got me thinking – what would be the perfect lens?

First, it would need to be extremely comfortable. The material used must be of high quality and last most of the day for most patients. The edge design is also critical for comfort. The modulus should be easy to handle, too.

It would also need to deliver a high amount of oxygen. Most contact lenses on the market now have relatively high dK values, so this should be easy to accomplish. A daily lens wearer should not be sleeping in the lens, so it doesn’t need to be super high.

UV protection is very important where I live. I prefer contact lenses that protect against UV light because of how strong the sun is. So if I had the choice, I would choose a lens with UV protection.

Great vision goes without saying. The optics of the lens would need to provide crisp, clear vision.

A family of lenses may be beneficial. If the lens comes in sphere, toric, and multifocal options, that is always a great way to keep the patient in the same lens when their prescription changes.

Cost would be important to me, too. Something competitive with the market.

A blue light blocking feature could be innovative. With the massive amount of digital device usage, offering a lens that could filter out some of these harmful rays would be a major benefit. It would also be the first lens of its kind, a leader in the industry. Due to the innovative technology, I bet patients would be willing to pay more. If it helped with migraines, eye strain and other issues that my patients suffer from, that would be a huge plus.

An exclusive contact lens that can only be purchased from eye doctors would be the ultimate dream for me. There are many times when I have spent many visits with a patient, only for them to take their contact lens prescription and price shop. If this new lens were only available through independent eye doctors, that would be a huge win.

What are some characteristics and features that would be important to you if you could develop the ideal contact lens?