Once you make the decision to start wearing contacts, you’ll have to put some thought into what type of contact is best for you and your lifestyle. Your eye doctor can help weigh the options and make a recommendation, but here’s a breakdown of the most common types and differentiators.
These contacts are only meant to be worn for a single day. You open a new pack in the morning and throw them out before you go to bed at night.
These contacts have a longer wear period of one to two weeks, depending on the brand. They’re reusable and you store them in fresh solution each night.
These contacts have an even longer wear period of one month. They’re also reusable and you store them in fresh solution each night.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding which type is right for you:
When it comes to taking care of lenses, daily contacts require the least amount of upkeep. All you have to do is open a new pack in the morning and throw them away each night before bed. This does require making sure that you always have a supply on hand, as you can’t “overwear” them if you suddenly run out, but because of this, daily lenses also encourage better wear habits, helping you to keep your eyes healthier by avoiding habitual overwear.
On the other hand, weekly and monthly contacts require more upkeep. You open a new pack at the beginning of the wear period, and reuse them daily, meaning you have to rinse your lenses with clean contact solution before storing them nightly. Each time you put in your contacts, you should rinse and dry your lens case, and the lens case should be changed once every three months. With weekly and monthly contacts, you must also keep contact lens solution on hand—making sure to replenish it regularly, have a place to store it and remember to pack it when traveling. You also need to keep track of when you open a new pair of contacts, so you can be sure to change them on schedule and avoid over-wear (which can put your eye health at risk).
Because you wear a new set of daily contacts every day versus a new set every two or four weeks, daily contacts typically cost the most, followed by weeklies and then monthlies.
Prices for contact lenses can vary quite a bit depending on brand, package size and whether the lenses have additional requirements, like astigmatism correction, color, or multifocal correction. For a year’s supply, daily lenses will typically cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000, weekly lenses from $200 to $500, and monthly lenses from $150 to $300
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While daily contacts are great choice for everyday use if you prioritize convenience over price, they also work well if you only wear contact lenses on special occasions. You can simply open a new pack when you need them, and not worry about safely storing them in a case. If you wear contacts every day but are looking for a more affordable option weekly or monthly contacts may be the right choice.
When it comes to traveling, you can always grab a handful of daily contacts and toss them into your bag without worrying about also carrying a case and solution. It's also easy to always carry an extra lens or two in the event that you lose or tear a contact. On the other hand, with weekly and monthly lenses, you just need to carry your lens case and lens solution without worrying about counting out an exact number of contacts to use and store when you’re away from home.
At the end of the day, the choice is up to you based on your needs and budget. You can also switch to a new type of lens at any point by making an appointment with your eye doctor—they can offer you trial lenses to try out or issue you a brand new prescription.
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