Air Optix, ACUVUE, PureVision, SofLens, DAILIES and Proclear are the best-known brands in Europe!
Soft contact lenses that the general public in Europe know are the brand names Air Optix, DAILIES, ACUVUE, Proclear and SofLens. These brands are produced by four major manufacturers in the whole world, which are: Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Alcon and CooperVision. Alcon is perhaps only known from its lens solutions, but now that Ciba Vision and Alcon are merged, everything goes under one manufacturer's name, "Alcon".
The best known contact lenses in Europe, Air Optix, ACUVUE, DAILIES, SofLens and Proclear (among others), at Lensdeal online
The development of the soft contact lens has only really started since the seventies when the material "HEMA" (hydroxyethyl methacrylate) was created. Bausch & Lomb, in 1971, with the brand "SofLens", was the first of the big four to introduce what we now know as the "soft contact lens".
Below is a brief overview of the brands per manufacturer in alphabetical order.
Bausch & Lomb, with:
Johnson & Johnson, with: