When buying contacts, lens life expectancy determines a lot. Do you want lenses that will last all month or be disposable at the end of the day?
There are actually three types of lenses: daily, weekly, and monthly disposable. In this guide, we will focus on monthly disposables but note periodically how they compare to daily disposable lenses.
By the end of this guide, you will learn:
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The majority of contact users can indeed wear monthly lenses. As with any health product though, you will want to run your desired lens by your eye doctor to make sure.
Because they have to last longer, manufacturers compose their monthly lenses out of studier materials. This in turn allows most monthly lenses to have a wider range of magnification strength, especially for those with astigmatism or who need multifocals.
You will also want to ask your eye doctor whether “extended wear” would be an option for you. Many monthly lenses with this designation can be worn overnight so that you only need to remove and sanitize them once a week.
Health and comfort go hand in hand when it comes to contact lenses. While all contacts strive to protect your eyes, monthly and daily contacts go about this in very different ways.
Contact lenses can never last as long as eyeglasses because certain wear factors are unavoidable. Dirt, dust, and dander come into contact with the lens over the day. Proteins and lipids produced by your eye may bond with the lens’ surface. Water from outside sources may introduce contaminants onto your lens. The more build up on the lenses, most likely the lenses become more uncomfortable.
To keep monthly contacts clean and comfortable, it's very important to use cleaning solution and maintain a regular disinfection regimen. Many companies also have their own proprietary designs and technology to resist buildups for the life of the lens.
Daily lenses are likely to be more comfortable and clean than monthly lenses, as they are designed to have higher water content and don't give contaminants a chance to build up. No need to be careful about how they're stored, cleaned, and no need to spend additional dollars on cases, and cleaning solution.
While the “extended wear” option can mitigate inconvenience for some users, any wearer of monthly contacts needs a regular cleaning routine. Most consumers consider this the big downside of monthly lenses.
Monthly contacts are a lifestyle choice, and you will want to be familiar with the basics of contact lens care. Careful sanitization is necessary to prevent eye infections and to avoid the discomfort of particle buildup.
In addition to the nightly commitment, a monthly lens users need to schedule when he or she will rotate to the next set of lenses. Unfortunately, 82% of the lens using population admits to overwearing their lenses. In order to avoid nine different side effects of overwearing, a disciplined rotation schedule is a must.
Daily contacts avoid these inconveniences by being one-time use products, making them practical for those who are on the go. Plus you significantly decrease the chance of overwearing and potentially damaging your eyes.
As far as the lenses themselves go, monthly lenses tend to be less expensive overall than dallies. Cost will vary significantly from lens to lens, but Biofinity monthly lenses has a reasonable price and can give us a ball park estimate.
A prudent consumer should add $150 to $200 to this estimate to cover the cost of cleaning solution, putting the total as high as $362. In total, you would be spending $0.99 per day.
In contrast, Miru 1Day Menicon Flat Pack is a daily lens which can be estimated to cost about $1.15 per day. With Simple Contacts, get an additional 20% off your first purchase and bring the cost down to $0.92 per day.
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Having gone through the pros and cons of monthly disposable lenses, what are our next steps? If you think these might be the right choice for you, you will want to get your prescription updated. Here’s a quick rundown of how to change your brand of contacts.
As you make the switch, we have compiled an extended collection of monthly contacts for you to consider. Below are our top 5 recommendations:
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