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Daily or Monthly Lenses: What are the Best Contacts for You?

Contact lenses provide a convenient and comfortable alternative to eyeglasses for vision correction. When choosing contacts, you’ll likely be given the choice between daily disposable lenses or contacts that can be worn for a month and require cleaning and storage. Both options have pros and cons to consider so you can choose the best contacts for you.

Daily contact lenses

  • Convenience: Daily contact lenses are worn once and then discarded, eliminating the need for cleaning, disinfecting, and storage. This makes them extremely convenient for individuals with a busy lifestyle or those who prefer a hassle-free option.
  • Reduced risk of infections: Since you’re inserting new contacts every day, there is a lower risk of buildup, deposits, and bacterial contamination, minimizing the chances of eye infections.
  • Comfort: Fresh lenses every day provide excellent comfort, as they are free from protein deposits, allergens, and other irritants that may accumulate over time on traditional lenses.
  • Cost: Daily contact lenses tend to be more expensive than traditional lenses due to the need for a fresh pair each day. This cost can accumulate over time, especially for long-term lens wearers.
  • Environmental Impact: Disposing of daily lenses generates more waste compared to reusable lenses, contributing to environmental concerns. However, some brands, including Bausch + Lomb offer recycling programs for their daily lenses.

Monthly contact lenses

  • Cost-Effective: Traditional lenses can be more cost-effective in the long run, as you can reuse them for an extended period with proper care and cleaning. This makes them a more budget-friendly option for regular contact lens wearers.
  • Flexibility: Traditional lenses come in various options, including monthly, bi-weekly, and quarterly replacements, providing more flexibility in terms of wear and replacement schedules.
  • Environmentally Friendly Options: Some traditional lenses are made from eco-friendly materials, offering a greener choice for those concerned about their environmental impact.
  • Maintenance: Traditional lenses require regular cleaning, disinfecting, and proper storage to maintain hygiene and avoid the risk of eye infections. This can be time-consuming and may not suit individuals with busy or on-the-go lifestyles.
  • Risk of Buildup and Deposits: Despite cleaning, traditional lenses may accumulate protein deposits, allergens, or other debris over time, leading to discomfort, reduced clarity of vision, and an increased risk of infections if not properly cared for.
  • Allergen Sensitivity: Some individuals may be more prone to allergic reactions or discomfort with traditional lenses due to the accumulation of irritants, requiring extra attention to cleaning routines.

Choosing between daily contact lenses and traditional contact lenses depends on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and eye care needs. Daily contact lenses offer convenience, minimal maintenance, and reduced infection risks, while traditional lenses offer cost-effectiveness and more flexible wear options. Consider factors such as your budget, environmental concerns, level of commitment to lens care, and if your eyes are sensitive to make an informed decision.

Still not sure? Just ask!

Our ophthalmologists can provide personalized guidance and recommendations based on your prescription and needs. Ask about a sample pack of daily contact lenses that you can try before committing to placing an order. Once you’ve decided, it’s easy to order contacts through our online store.

Get started today by calling to make an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists: 319-362-3937.

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