Daily vs Monthly Contact Lenses: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Daily vs Monthly Contact lenses: Glasses with daily contacts

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!

In the video below, Dr. Ryan Corte discusses the pros and cons of daily and monthly contacts.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

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.

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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 and 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.

Now let’s consider monthly disposable contact lenses (or monthlies): These are the type of contact lenses you can wear every day and throw away after a month goes by.

Let’s look at the pros of monthly contacts:

1) Monthlies are less expensive upfront for wearers who follow their eye doctor’s directions

Keep point here is if you take care of your monthly lenses and wear them appropriately, you’re less likely to have complications. However, monthlies may cost you more money after you include the cost of contact lens solutions and the potential complications they can cause.

Some monthly contact lenses are FDA approved to fall asleep in

2) Some monthlies, known as extended or continuous wear contact lenses, are FDA approved for you to fall asleep in**

However, we still don’t recommend you sleep in your contacts…

3) Monthlies are more environmentally friendly

Why? You are using a new lens every month instead of every day.*

4) Most monthly contact lens materials allow more oxygen to the front of your eye

Now the cons of monthly contacts:

Monthly contact lenses require cleaning and the purchasing of contact lens solutions

1) Monthlies require cleaning, storage and the purchasing of contact lens solution

Since they tend to accumulate more build up, monthlies increase your risk of complications. This can be an issue if you have allergies or dry eyes.

Note: We recommend storing them in Biotrue or Opti-free Pure Moist contact lens solutions. However, if you’re experiencing depositing or build up on your contact lenses, consider Clear Care Cleaning & Disinfection Solution.

2) Unless you live by your calendar, monthlies are easier to overwear!

Therefore, it’s easy to forget exactly when to replace your monthly contact lenses.

3) Monthlies are more expensive when you lose or rip lenses

So be careful! 😉

Overall, are daily contacts more expensive than monthly?

Yes. On average, a year supply of daily contacts is a couple hundred dollars more than monthly contacts. However, the compliance and health benefits of daily contacts far outweigh that of monthly ones. Especially if you get an eye infection sleeping in monthly contacts and have to spend hundreds of dollars on office visits and prescription eye drops.

Regardless of the pros and cons of daily vs monthly contact lenses, it’s important to discuss which option is best for you with an eye care professional!

*Some contact lens manufacturers have recyclable materials.

**Sleeping in your contact lenses increases your risk for an eye infection and needs to be discussed with an eye care professional before doing so.

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. 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.