Daily vs Monthly Lenses
When it comes to contact lenses, there are hundreds of options and features to choose from. For the novice contact lens wearer, it can be daunting to make a decision. “There is no single contact lens that will be perfect for everyone,” Dr. Wende says. “Finding the right lens requires weighing the benefits of each option for your unique prescription and needs.” A good place to start when deciding on contact lenses is whether you want to have daily disposable or monthly disposable lenses. Both have benefits and detriments and only you and your doctor can decide what’s going to work best.
Monthly disposable contact lenses are generally designed for daytime use (although there are options for extended overnight wear) and must be maintained and stored properly each night until they are replaced with a new pair. Daily disposable lenses come in individual packages and are only worn for a single day and then replaced with a new pair the next day. It’s no secret that replacing your contacts more often keeps your eyes healthier and happier, which is why daily disposable lenses are becoming so popular, but there are many other factors to consider before you make your choice.
Most optometrists will agree that contacts can be worn for about 10-16 hours at a time or as long as your eyes can comfortably tolerate them. Whether you choose daily disposable or monthly lenses, this recommendation is the same. If you want to wear your contacts for longer each day, look for lenses with extra moisture like the Air Optic Aqua for monthly lenses or DAILIES AquaComfort Plus for daily disposables.
Another factor to consider between daily or monthly disposable lenses is how well they can correct for your particular prescription. Daily disposable lenses are available for most basic prescriptions and many brands have options for astigmatism or multifocal (presbyopia) correction. If your prescription is outside of the available range for daily disposable contacts, you may have to settle for monthly disposables. Your optometrist will be able to tell you if your prescription is available in daily disposable lenses.
Maintenance should also be taken into consideration. Monthly disposable lenses require storage overnight in a lens case with a lens disinfecting solution. This means you have to travel with extra accessories for overnight trips. Daily disposables can be tossed straight in the trash bin before you go to bed, eliminating any additional care procedures or accessories. However, you will need to bring as many individual contacts as days in your trip so the amount of items you need to travel with might actually be more.
Perhaps the biggest factor in the daily vs monthly debate is price. One box of Acuvue Oasys lenses will cost about $115 and should last you most of the year. The same contact lens in a daily disposable option would cost about $70 for just a three month supply, which brings you to $280 per year - more than twice the price. Although monthly disposable lenses require additional purchases such as cases and lens solutions, these don’t generally offset the higher cost of the dailies. Is the added comfort, convenience and safety worth it? Only you can decide, but the high quality and expanding options for daily disposable contacts means at least you have the choice.
Once you decide between monthly or daily disposable contacts, there are still more factors and features to consider, but at least you’ve narrowed it down to only half your previous options. If you need help determining which contacts are right for you, talk to your optometrist or call 1-844- 5LENSES to speak to our customer service team.