When exploring the idea of contact lenses there are a few points to consider before investing in them, such as the brand, how to put them in and take them out, but also whether to go for daily disposable or monthly reusable ones.
In this blog we’re going to go through the pros and cons of dailies and monthlies to help you decide which ones will work best for you and your needs – whether you want to wear them exclusively or mix it up with glasses.
Daily disposable contact lenses
- Daily lenses offer the cost effective convenience of switching between contacts and glasses
- They are more hygienic as each lens is sealed in a sterile packet until needed
- Less chance of dry eyes
- Less chance of infections due to incorrect cleaning and storage
- You can choose the frequency of pack deliveries to suit your needs
- Not using contacts every day can make you out of practice and more prone to making mistakes
- Fewer options for more complex eye conditions like astigmatism or multifocal needs
- Over ordering if you only use them occasionally can mean some are left to waste if your prescription changes (or if they go out of date – though that’s usually a good 2-3years from the purchase date)
There are clear advantages to daily disposable contact lenses and they offer you the freedom to switch between lenses and glasses when you wish – this is particularly handy for nights out or events when you are worried about glasses reflecting camera flashes, or if you do a job which requires eye protection. However, there are also disadvantages and some users may find monthly reusable lenses a better option.
Read more: Glasses vs Contacts – one, other, or both?
Monthly reusable contact lenses
- Monthly reusable lenses are cost effective if you wear lenses exclusively compared to dailies
- When inserting and removing lenses is part of your daily routine, you are less likely to make mistakes
- Wide variety of material and prescription options
- There can be an increased risk of eye infections or scratches if not cleaned and stored correctly.
- While lenses can be cheaper, the cost of additional accessories can soon mount up
- You may still need to pay for glasses to use if eyes are irritated or after you have taken them out
Environmental impact – all contact lenses and the associated packing materials can be recycled. We recommend you put what you can in your home recycling eg the cardboard part of the packaging and keep aside the rest. You can then hand in the plastic, foil and the contact lenses themselves when visiting the practice for us to send for recycling.
Daily disposable or monthly contact lenses – which should I choose?
With a proper assessment and instruction from a qualified optometrist, contact lenses can be a great option for many people, but there are limitations to whatever style you opt for. If you would like to discuss your options, get in touch to arrange a contact lens consultation.
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