Daily vs Monthly Contact Lenses: Weighing the Pros & Cons

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!

Note: Interested in learning about individual daily and monthly contact lenses? Check out our contact lens reviews here!

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 of daily contacts:

When wearing daily contact lenses, there is no need for contact lens solutions

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. 

Note: If you plan on taking your daily contact lenses out for a nap or to go swimming, we recommend storing them in Biotrue or Opti-free Pure Moist contact lens solutions. 

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!

Not wearing your contact lenses every day allows for your eyes to naturally breathe

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 of daily contacts:

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.

You can't sleep in daily contact lenses

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.*

Daily contact lenses are easier to tear because they're often thinner

4) Dailies are easier to tear.

Particularly since they’re often made of a thinner contact lens material than monthlies.

Proceed to page 2 to learn about monthly contact lenses!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.