When deciding between daily vs. monthly contacts, consider factors like cost and how often you'll wear them. There are hundreds of options and features to choose from. For the novice contact lens wearer, it can be daunting to decide.
“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.” Start by deciding on the best type of contact lenses for you. Both daily disposable and monthly lenses have pros and cons. You and your doctor can determine what is best for you and your lifestyle.
Daily or monthly contacts: factors to consider
Monthly disposable contact lenses should be used during the day and removed at night (although there are options for overnight wearing). They must be maintained and stored each night properly until replaced with a new pair.
Daily disposable lenses come in individual packages, 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 so popular. But there are many other factors to consider before you make your choice.
How much do daily and monthly contacts cost?
A primary factor in the daily vs. monthly contacts debate is price. As you can imagine, the difference between daily contacts vs. monthly costs is significant. A box of Acuvue Oasys® lenses will cost $115 for a 12-pack per eye and should last a year. The same contact lens in a daily disposable option would cost about $77 per eye for just a three-month supply, which brings you to $280 per year per eye - more than twice the price. Although monthly disposable lenses require additional purchases such as cases and lens solutions, they might be less overall than the dailies. Are the added comfort, convenience, and safety worth more? Only you can decide, but the high quality and expanding options for daily disposable contacts mean at least you have the choice.
How long do they last?
Most optometrists agree that you can wear contacts for about 10-16 hours a day 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 Optix® plus HydraGlyde® for monthly lenses or DAILIES® AquaComfort® Plus for daily disposables.
How often do you wear contacts?
When choosing between daily or monthly disposable lenses, consider whether they can correct your vision issue and how often you will wear them instead of glasses. How much you expect to wear your lenses should weigh heavily on the type of contact lens you choose. If you have a slight refractive error and don’t need to wear lenses every day, consider going with daily lenses. You can pop them in whenever you need to without stressing about their care.
How much care do contact lenses require?
Also, don't forget about maintenance. Monthly disposable contact lenses require storage overnight in a lens case with a lens disinfecting solution which means you have to travel with additional products for overnight trips. Daily disposables can be tossed straight in the trash bin before bedtime, eliminating any need for care procedures or products. However, when traveling, you will need as many individual contacts as days in your trip.
Once you decide between monthly or daily disposable contacts, there may be other factors and features to consider, but you’ve narrowed it down. If you need help determining which contact lenses are right for you, talk to your optometrist or call 1-844- 5LENSES to speak to our customer service team.