Are daily contact lenses really that much better than weekly or monthly lenses? We hope you can come to your own conclusion after this guide.
By the end of this guide, you will know:
For a long time, daily disposable contacts did not exist. The first glass contact lenses were invented in the late 1800’s. For a long time, lenses were too expensive to dispose of with any frequency.
The growing popularity of contacts and new innovations in lens material led to the introduction of daily disposable lenses in 1995. At last, manufacturing became inexpensive enough that many lenses could be purchased for a reasonable price without sacrificing quality.
Before going through the practical details, we want to confirm that daily disposable contact lenses are an option for you.
The short answer is yes. But, as a consumer of any health-related product, you should check with your eye doctor to make sure there is not something special to your case to be considered.
The vast number of contact lens wearers have no problems with daily disposable lenses.
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Research and consumer experiences point to daily disposable contacts as the best choice in terms of health and comfort.
Like everything in life, contact lenses wear out with use. Sometimes, protein and lipid buildup creates a film over the wearer’s vision. Dust, dander, and dirt particles can get caught on a lens. Water from the sink, shower, or pool can contaminate a lens and increase chances of eye infection.
Traditional lenses have cleaning solutions to help mitigate these problems. Unfortunately, this cleaning process is never 100% effective, even when you do it right.
All of these dangers can be avoided by simply throwing your lens away at the end of the day and starting fresh the next morning. Your vision is clear. There’s nothing on the lens to cause rub. The fresh contact is guaranteed to be bacteria free.
The one real draw back of daily contacts is the cost. If you are going through 730 lenses in a year vs. the 24 of a monthly option, it is hard to avoid spending a few more bucks.
To give some perspective, the Miru 1day Menicon Flat Pack is a reasonably priced daily lens at $52.50 per 90 lenses. This comes out to an annual cost of $420.00 or $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.
On average, monthly contact lenses could cost $162 per year but add $150-$200 to cover the cost of cleaning solution. Total, you would be spending as much as $362, or $0.99 per day.
Having gone through the pros and cons of daily 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, below are the brands that we recommend you keep in mind.
As mentioned above, the Miru 1day Menicon Flat Pack is a good option for the price conscious consumer who still wants all of the convenience and protection offered by daily disposable lenses.
If you prize your eye health and want the best contact experience, we recommend Dailies Total 1 with their high water retention and SmarTears Technology.
Looking for something that is a mix of quality and financial prudence? We suggest browsing these lenses:
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