Which Is Better—Daily or Monthly Contact Lenses?

Posted on: 22 January 2015

Contact lenses come in many types, and are made out of various materials, all of which offer different benefits to the wearer. Two of the most common types of contact lenses are daily and monthly contact lenses, which last for as long as their name suggests before they have to be disposed of. Understanding what each of these types of contact lenses offers allows you to choose the lens that best fits your needs.

Daily Contact Lenses

Like the name suggests, daily contact lenses are only worn for a day before they are thrown out. This means that you never have to worry about cleaning your contacts, because they will never go back on your eyes after they've been removed.

This can be a huge convenience, especially for people who lead busy lives. Daily contacts can reduce the likelihood of eye allergies and infections, as contaminants are not given time to build up in the contact. Additionally, putting in your contacts every day quickly becomes an easy part of your daily routine, as the comfort of daily contact lenses allows you to easily slip them in without discomfort.

However, it should be taken into account that if you decide to wear daily contact lenses, you will have to purchase more contacts. This is not exactly environmentally friendly, as you will be using more contacts than you would otherwise, and can also become expensive, as the running cost of your contact lenses will continue to build up over time, day by day.

Monthly Contact Lenses

In comparison to daily lenses, monthly contact lenses are worn for a month before they are disposed of. Most monthly contact lenses are actually extended wear lenses, which means that you can leave them in, and sleep with them, for up to a month. This is extremely convenient, as you can simply get up and go in the morning without having to worry about putting in your lenses.

Wearing the lenses overnight will not cause discomfort. Additionally, monthly contact lenses will have to be purchased in far smaller quantities than daily contact lenses, which can save you money over time, even though it costs more upfront. This is also more environmentally friendly, as less contacts are being consumed. 

However, monthly contact lenses increase the chances of eye allergies or infections from developing, as contaminants are given time to build up in the contact lenses. Additionally, if you do not remove and clean the contact lenses after a week, your eyes could be subject to serious discomfort.

Consider which type would best suit your lifestyle. For further assistance, contact local experts such as Robert A. Marini, OD.


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