Monthly or Soft Daily Wear Contact Lenses: What’s Best For You?
You love your glasses.
But you’ve worn glasses since you were a kid.
Now you’re looking for a fresh new look, and you want to start wearing contact lenses.
It’s a little overwhelming at first.
You’re thinking of questions faster than you’re getting answers.
One of the questions you find yourself asking is, “Should I wear daily disposable or reusable contact lenses?”
However, depending on your prescription, you may be ineligible to wear daily disposables.
The rigid lens material used in monthly contact lenses provide more stability at higher magnifications.
If you have a complex prescription, monthly contacts may be your only choice.
But if you are eligible for both daily and monthly contacts, it’s important to make an informed decision.
Lucky for you, we’re here to break down the characteristics of monthly and soft daily wear contact lenses to help you choose the right one for you.
How long can I wear monthly and daily contact lenses?
You can wear monthly disposable contact lenses for up to (you guessed it) a month.
They’re reused for the one month period and then they’re discarded.
Soft daily wear contact lenses are used one time.
They’re removed and disposed after they’re used.
This primary difference between the two products mean each have their unique benefits and drawbacks.
Looking into these key points will help you determine which modality is right for you.
Which kind of contact lens is easier to clean?
Without a doubt the advantage here goes to daily contact lenses.
They’re disposable so you don’t have to clean them.
At the end of your day, you don’t have to fumble around with solution bottles.
You just take them out, toss them in the garbage, and get some well-deserved rest.
Monthly contact lenses lose points again in the cleaning department because you need certain amenities to keep them clean.
It’s a challenge to keep your monthly contacts clean when you’re camping, hiking, or backpacking.
You’re in an uncontrolled environment so, it’s best to wear glasses or disposable contacts to aid your vision.
I read about scary infections that affect people who wear contact lenses.
Is there one type of contact lens that promotes better eye health?
People who wear soft daily wear contact lenses experience low rates of complications (When they’re used properly.)
They don’t need to remember when to replace them and they don’t have clean them.
They dispose of the daily contacts so bacteria or other pathogens don’t have the opportunity to build up and infect the cornea.
The act of cleaning reusable contact lenses exposes additional variables that could potentially harm your eyes.
Failure to clean reusable lenses properly, and failing to practice good hygiene while cleaning can lead to discomfort and pain.
As long as you follow proper cleaning and care procedures, the health of your eyes shouldn’t be an issue no matter which kind of contact lens you choose.
If you suffer from allergies, daily disposables could be the best choice.
In one study, 67% of subjects reported that daily disposables provided more comfort than other reusable lenses.
I’d forget my head if I wasn’t attached. Which kind of contact lens would suit a hectic lifestyle?
The disposability of daily wear contact lenses make wearing them easier to schedule.
Remove them in the evening, and get a new pair when you wake up.
You can avoid trying to remember when you started your monthly contacts.
However, if you’re the type to change contacts during the day, monthly reusable contacts is the better choice.
You can easily switch between pairs as many times as you like during the day.
I live an active lifestyle. Should I get daily or reusable contact lenses?
Monthly contacts are best when you’re in controlled environments like at home or in the office.
They’re best if you can access the right amenities in the event that something gets in your eye and you need to clean your lenses.
It’s advantageous to wear soft daily contact lenses when participating in activities involving contact and projectiles.
Playing sports like basketball or beach volleyball increases the risk of the ball, sweat, sunscreen or dirt getting in your eyes.
In that event, you’ll want to take your contacts out immediately and replace them.
This makes a disposable contacts the best choice for you.
Which costs more? Daily or monthly contact lenses?
When worn everyday, daily disposable lenses will be more expensive than monthly reusable lenses.
But you’ll save on the cost of cleaning solution.
You’ll also save time since you won’t need to clean the disposable lenses.
Soft daily wear contact lenses are more cost-effective if you only plan on using contact lenses part-time such as when you’re travelling or playing sports.
The cost of daily disposable contacts can vary.
The brand and lens material influences the price.
Contact lenses manufactured using silicone hydrogel materials offer the greatest benefit, but also the highest cost.
The Verdict: Do What’s Best for You
Like with anything, you have to do what’s best for you.
Take into account your lifestyle.
How and when do you plan on using contact lenses?
It comes down to personal preference.
Be thoughtful and ask your eye doctor the right questions.
You can always evaluate which type of contact lenses to use with one of our optometrists at Image Optometry.
However, if you are looking for an optometrist on Broadway, make sure you book an appointment first.
We’ll answer your questions and help you make the best choice for you.