What Are the Differences Between Monthly Vs. Daily Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are more convenient to wear than eyeglasses. Eyeglasses can be cumbersome. Also, they will not allow you to participate in some activities. However, not all contact lenses are the same. You will find different types of contact lenses. 


The most convenient contact lenses are daily and monthly contact lenses. You may not be able to differentiate between the two. However, here is a list to help you decide which is most convenient.



Duration of Wear



As their names suggest, you wear the monthly contact lenses for 30 days. Daily contact lenses are only viable for a day. 






You will find that multifocal prescriptions are only available as monthly contact lenses. Thus, you need to know whether your power is available in daily or monthly contact lenses by ensuring that your prescription is up to date. Remember that eyeglass prescriptions are different from those of contact lenses. Get a proper contact lens fitting.






Monthly contact lenses are thicker than daily contact lenses. Hence, they are more durable. Daily contacts are thin. So when you remove them, it is not advisable to put them back into your eyes. You will have to get another new pair if you need to see using these contact lenses. Hence, keep some eyeglasses close to help you save on costs.



Protein Buildup



Daily contact lenses are the best for those who suffer from allergies like dry eyes. The lenses do not have buildup. Therefore, the eyes can breathe, and there is a lower risk of worsening your dry eyes. However, you cannot clean and reuse them as they are thin. The process of cleaning could break down the lens. It will increase the possibility of it falling apart while in the eye.



Cleaning Regime



To clean your monthly lenses, soak them in a sterilizing solution. Clean them every day before wearing them. However, you throw away daily lenses at the end of each day. The cleaning regime may feel a bit cumbersome. Hence, younger people opt for daily contact lenses since they can dispose of them at the end of the day. However, this may come at a cost to the environment.



Environmental Friendliness



You only need to wear monthly contact lenses 30 days a month, 12 times a year. Hence, they result in less waste ending up in landfills. Daily contact lenses are different since you wear and dispose of them. The number of contact lenses you dispose of is more than ten times that of monthly lenses.






Daily lenses cost more than monthly contact lenses. However, you do not need to purchase storage cases and contact lens solutions. Monthly contact lenses have a lower cost, but they may seem more expensive because of the storage cases and cleaning solution.






Daily contact lenses are more convenient for people with busy lifestyles and younger people who do not want responsibilities. They are also ideal for people who do not want the responsibility of cleaning them.


For more information, visit Beach Cities Optometry at our Manhattan Beach, California office. Call (310) 906-4426 to schedule an appointment today.

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