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Day to Day or Month to Month? Daily Versus Monthly Contact Lenses

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

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Choosing between wearing contact lenses and glasses can be one of the most liberating moves a person can make. While wearing contact lenses, you don’t need to worry about eyeglass frames obstructing your field of vision. A plus side of wearing contact lenses is that you can be very active without them sliding or falling off. Even with temperature changes your contacts will not fog up. Some people simply may want to feel more confident in their appearance without glasses. Whatever your reasoning may be, there are various options to consider when choosing the right contact lenses for you.

Daily disposable contact lenses or dailies, are exactly as their name implies. These contact lenses are worn once and then disposed of at the end of each day. Wearing a fresh set of contacts daily can create a smaller chance of contamination. Some people are not always consistent when it comes to cleaning their contacts. Because of this, you are less likely to get infections with daily contact lenses. The more you replace your contacts, the better your overall eye health will be. Daily contacts are ideal for the active people who want maximum flexibility with their vision correction needs. They are also wonderful for younger or newer contact lens wearers. In addition to being more hygienic and decreasing the likelihood of dryness or irritation, it helps deal with the tendency to damage or lose their contact lenses. Dailies can be easily replaced if torn or lost.

You must also consider your hobbies when discussing contact lens options with your eyecare provider. If you lead a very active lifestyle or are involved in sports, you may benefit from daily contacts. Certain activities usually expose the eyes to sweat, dirt, or water. When something gets into your eyes, you can simply remove the daily lenses and throw them away. Even if your lenses come in contact with contaminants you don’t have to worry about cleaning them.

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Another consideration is annual cost. The cost of daily contacts can be significantly different from monthly lenses. Daily contact lenses can be more costly if you use one pair a day. When used in combination with the occasional use of glasses, dailies can actually last you longer and can be easier to keep track of. Additionally, with monthlies, you will need to purchase contact lens solutions and cases to clean, store, and maintain your contacts. Keep in mind that monthly lenses are only good for 30 days once opened. Occasionally wearing glasses will not extend the life of those contacts.

Prescription is yet another factor to consider when determining which contacts would be best for you. There are certain prescription limitations, and not all people have the option of a daily lens. Trust in your eye care professional to recommend the best option for your lifestyle and vision needs. Regardless of which contact lens wear you choose, attending your yearly eye exam is always best for your overall eye health. Depending on the condition and health of your eyes, your eye doctor may recommend more frequent visits. Here at Truly Eye Care we want to help you make the most informed choice possible when choosing between daily or monthly contact lens wear.

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