Cutting corners is never an option when it comes to proper eye care. As such, you’ll want to know which type of contact lenses best suit your needs and preferences, so it does its job while not getting in the way of your daily routine. However, with so many specific choices available, it can be a bit overwhelming to work out which type of lenses are best for your use.
To help you determine your most preferred type of contact lenses, corneal reshaping expert Lumen Optometric has put together a quick comparison between daily and monthly contact lenses, and which is most ideal for your daily use.
Daily Contact Lenses
Also known as daily disposables, they come ready to insert in individual blister packs for one-day use. When the day’s done and you’re about to sleep in for the night, just dispose of your lenses in the trash. When you wake up, you open another blister pack for a new pair.
You don’t need to worry about cleaning or storing the lenses each time you use daily contact lenses since they’re disposable. They’re also generally very thin and have a high water content, and if you remove these contacts during the day for any reason, you’ll need to replace them with a fresh new pair.
Monthly Contact Lenses
These lenses are thicker and more durable than daily lenses because they have to resist drying out while you store and use them for 30 days. When you aren’t wearing them, you can store the contact lenses in a small two-sided container with some contact solution.
When using monthly contact lenses, you need to clean them to avoid infections and protein buildup. There are various contact solutions you can use to clean monthly lenses, and you should only use the ones recommended by your eye doctor. This is because different brands and types of solutions that use different chemicals can be incompatible and even destroy a contact they’re not designed for.
Which is More Ideal for Your Use?
The type of contact lenses you’ll use can actually depend on what your trusted eye doctor prescribes you. Your prescription might determine whether you choose monthly or daily contact lenses, but not all types of contacts are available for every prescription. For instance, if you need multifocal lenses, some are only available as monthlies. But if your prescription allows you to use both daily and monthly lenses, then you can consider which is better for your lifestyle.
If your lifestyle makes it likely that something may get in your eye, then having daily disposables means you can just take out the lens and throw it out so you won’t have to bother with trying to clean the contact of any contaminants. This is especially handy if you work outdoors or don’t have easy access to facilities to clean and store your contact lenses. But if you have a controlled lifestyle and always have access to a washroom and mirror to remove and clean your lenses if needed, then monthlies could work better for your daily use.