If you’re a contact lens wearer, deciding between daily and monthly contact lenses can be a tough decision. With this in mind, let’s look at the pros and cons of each lens type!
First, let’s consider daily disposable contact lenses (or dailies). As stated in the name, these are the type of contact lenses you throw away at the end of the day.
Let’s look at the pros:
1) Dailies are more convenient.
These lenses will save you time since you don’t have to clean them, purchase contact lens solution or store them in a case overnight.
2) Since they tend to accumulate less build up, dailies reduce your risk of complications.
As a result, they are often more comfortable, especially if you have allergies or dry eyes.
3) Dailies provide a simple, one and done wear schedule.
Just put in a new pair of contact lenses in morning and throw them away at the end of the day!
4) Dailies are especially great for new wearers, infrequent wearers & younger patients.
While dailies are great for all wearers, new and younger contact lens wearers have a greater risk of ripping, tearing or losing a lens while infrequent wearers love the flexibility daily contact lenses provide as they go back and forth between wearing their glasses and contact lenses!
Now the cons:
1) Dailies are more expensive upfront.
While dailies will cost you more money to purchase than monthlies, they often pay for themselves after you include the cost of contact lens solutions and the potential complications monthlies can cause.
2) Dailies are not FDA approved for you to fall asleep in.
DO NOT SLEEP IN DAILIES. That’s just not what they’re designed for!
3) Dailies can be less environmentally friendly.
Why? You are using a new lens every day instead of every month.*
4) Dailies are easier to tear.
Particularly since they’re often made of a thinner contact lens material than monthlies.