Monthly Vs. Daily Contacts: Which Is Better For Your Eyes?

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 09/11/2017

eye-contact-montly-vs-dailyMany people choose contacts over glasses for appearance and convenience. But should you get contacts that you have to replace monthly or daily?

There is plenty of debate as to whether monthly contacts are superior to daily contacts. To help you select the best option for your eyes, here is a comparison of both options.

Monthly Contacts: Pros And Cons

Monthly contacts are convenient in that you don't have to open a new package each morning. You can remove and store your contacts at any part of the day. You don't have to worry about throwing away good contacts if you weren't able to wear them the entire day.

One of the biggest benefits of monthly contacts is the price. Monthly lenses typically cost less than daily lenses, making them a popular choice with those who want to stretch their budgets.

Monthly contacts are thicker than the daily variety, allowing for superior durability. Add in the fact that monthly contacts produce less waste and it is easy to understand why so many people opt for this comparably green option.

However, some individuals may experience eye problems with monthly lenses for a number of reasons. For one, wearers may sleep in the lenses. This can irritate eyes and cause eye dryness. Additionally, these contacts should be replaced on a monthly basis to help prevent the growth of bacteria. Wearing contacts beyond the monthly time could lead to infection and allergy flare-ups.

Another problem some may experience with monthly contacts is protein buildup. Eyes naturally produce tears for self-cleaning. The protein contained in these tears may stick to the microscopic grooves of contact lenses. Over time, these proteins accumulate into a film over the lens, resulting in spots of distorted, blurry or cloudy vision.

Daily Disposables: Pros And Cons

If you experience difficulties with protein buildup on your monthly contacts or find monthly contacts uncomfortable, daily disposables may be a better option for you. These contacts are known to be gentler on the eyes simply because they are replaced daily, removing the risk of extra contamination or buildup.

Contact solution may clean a portion of the buildup off of lenses; however, they are not effective at completely cleaning the contact's surface. For this reason, daily lenses are the best way to avoid eye infection. They may also prevent itchiness and discomfort as a result of allergies.

Another perk of daily disposables is convenience. It can be challenging to keep up with when you need to replace your monthly lenses. With daily lenses, you don't have to worry about it. You can simply open up a new pack every morning. You also won't have to worry about storage cases and cleaning solutions.

The biggest drawback to contacts you replace daily is the price. These are typically more costly than the alternative. Additionally, you may have a harder time keeping up with these lenses if you don't wear your contacts during the entire day. You may feel like you're wasting lenses (and money) if you don't wear them the full 24 hours.

So Which Is Right For You?

When choosing contact lenses, it’s important to consider all of the factors above to determine what contacts would be best for your eyes. Also consider how often you plan on wearing contacts, what your budget is, whether you will sleep in your contacts, and how often you experience eye allergies.  

To help make the best decision concerning contacts type, please visit Broome Optical and our experts will be happy to assist you.

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