May 30, 2019
In 2016, a new player launched into the daily contact lens market – Hubble Contacts. Their slick, social media-based marketing shot them into the stratosphere, but are they due for a hard fall back to Earth?
Promising innovative, inexpensive contact lenses to revolutionize the daily wear market, Hubble Contacts was off to a strong start. However, as customers tried the product, questions were raised about the quality, fit and safety of the lenses. The main concern is the material used to manufacture the lenses, methafilicon A. This material was very popular during the early years of daily wear contact lenses, however, advances in contact lens technology have made it much less popular in recent years. Most manufacturers have switched to other materials that provide greater comfort and promote better eye health.
Why is methafilicon A a poor choice for your contact lenses? The most important reason is its lack of permeability. Like all parts of your body, your eyes function better and remain healthier when exposed to a free flow of oxygen. Hubble Contacts are among the lowest rated on the market when it comes to letting precious oxygen enter your eye. The amount of oxygen that can pass through the contact lens to your cornea is called the Dk number. The higher the Dk number, the more oxygen your eyes can enjoy while wearing your lenses. This chart shows how Hubble Contacts stack up against some of their daily wear competitors:
• Dailies Total One dk =140
• Acuvue Oasys Daily dk =103
• Acuvue TrueEye dk =100
• Clariti One Day dk =60
• Biotrue One Day =42
• Hubble dk = 18
As you can see, Hubble Contacts fall far below other brands currently on the market, all of which are made from newer, more innovative materials.
What happens to your eyes if they don’t get enough oxygen? Medical research indicates a minimum Dk of 24 is needed to maintain corneal health. Without enough oxygen, your eyes may fall prey to conditions such as corneal edema, neovascularization, or other contact lens related complications.
There’s other issues as well. Many find Hubble Contacts uncomfortable after a few hours’ wear. The company also promises to verify your prescription with your eye doctor when you buy, but an optometrist customer found this isn’t the case. The company doesn’t check if you’ve had a proper vision exam before shipping the lenses.
The fact that Hubble Contacts uses outdated materials is why they can offer their lenses at a low price. Research and development is expensive…and when companies are devoted to finding better ways of doing things, they’ll be footing the bill for innovations that will improve your life.
But let’s hold on a moment. Are Hubble Contacts really less expensive than their competition? Their subscription plan (we’ll come back to that in a bit) provides 30 pair per month at $30.00, with a $3.00 delivery charge each time. The math here is simple: slightly more than a dollar a day. Let’s look at the cost of some popular competitors.
And the subscription plan that automatically delivers lenses every 30 days might sound convenient at first, but customers complain about poor service and difficulty returning lenses that don’t meet their needs.
Talk to your optometrist about a contact lens purchase plan – most can give you excellent rates on your lenses directly through their offices, along with providing ongoing care. At Pro-Optix Eye Care, we pride ourselves on serving the Tanglewood and Galleria Area as the ultimate resource when it comes to matching our patients with the best contact lenses for their prescription and their lifestyle!
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