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Daily vs. Monthly Contacts: Which is Better

Thu, August 11th, 2022

Daily vs. Monthly Contacts: Which is Better

When it comes time to choose the best contacts, the number of types and brands can be overwhelming. While your eye care professional can guide you through the process, understanding which contacts best meet your needs can help open the discussion and ensure you get the best experience.

One of the most important considerations: daily vs. monthly contact lenses. Choosing between these types of contacts goes deeper than just when they need to be changed—each has its own pros and cons in terms of performance, durability, and flexibility. Today, we’ll compare these two types of contacts to help you decide which is best for you.

Daily Contacts

Daily disposable contact lenses—sometimes called dailies—are designed to be worn for only one day. Unlike other types of contacts that are cleaned and soaked in contact lens solution after use, daily contacts are discarded daily—each day starts with a new pair.

The primary benefit of daily contacts is that the lenses stay fresh. Because a new pair is used daily, you can be sure the lenses are clean and fresh. This not only helps with overall performance, but it can also lower the risk of potential issues such as eye infections.

Due to their short-term use, daily contacts are generally thinner than other disposable contacts. This makes them more prone to tears or rips and can lead to more buildup of protein and other deposits on the lens. That’s why the lenses should not be used more than one time. 

Daily contacts are gaining popularity in recent years as the price of these lenses decreases. Previously, the production costs—combined with the quantity of lenses needed—made daily contacts a costly choice. However, high-quality daily contacts are now developed more efficiently and at lower costs. The benefits of a fresh pair of lenses daily coupled with affordable price points have led to many opting for daily contacts.

Monthly Contacts

On the other hand, monthly disposable contacts are designed to be worn for up to one month. To keep the lenses clean, the contacts are soaked in contact solution—typically overnight—so that they can be safely worn the following day.

In this way, monthly contacts are very similar to bi-weekly contacts, another common type of disposable contacts. For either of these types, it’s important to replace your contacts on schedule to avoid negative effects like blurriness and dry eyes, as well as potentially serious issues like eye infection.

Monthly contacts are generally thicker and more durable being that they are put in and taken out throughout the month. Monthly contacts also provide additional flexibility for those traveling or with busier lifestyles. There’s no need to plan ahead with a certain number of new contacts—all you need is a storage case and cleaning solution to travel. This also leads to less waste, as 12 pairs of contacts will cover the year, as opposed to 365 pairs for daily contacts. 

However, nightly cleaning won’t entirely remove the buildup of deposits on the lenses. Over the course of the month, performance can weaken and the lenses may become less comfortable.

Daily vs. Monthly Contacts

There’s no universal choice for which type of contacts is best. Ultimately, the choice on whether to go with daily or monthly contacts will depend on a variety of factors that will change person to person. Let’s take a look at some of the key areas to consider when making your choice.

Daily Versus Monthly Contact Lenses

Performance

Both daily and monthly contacts are an effective way to correct vision—and each may provide enhanced performance than glasses. Because contacts sit directly on the eye, vision correction is often sharper than glasses.

When comparing the two, daily contacts may provide better performance due to the lens being new each day. Having a fresh lens minimizes the amount of buildup or wear, ensuring that your vision is crisp and clear. Even with proper care, monthly contacts can still be hampered by deposits on the lens, especially toward the end of the month.

In terms of durability, monthly lenses come out ahead. Because they’re designed to last for the entire month, the lenses are thicker than daily contacts, providing extra resistance to rips or tears.

Eye Health

All types of contacts are perfectly safe when worn properly. That being said, some types of contacts require more care than others, and proper care is essential for keeping your eyes healthy.

For example, because monthly contacts require daily cleaning and care, there may be additional risk for eye health issues to develop. Not changing these lenses on schedule can lead to issues such as dry eyes, redness, or irritation caused by buildup accumulated on the lens over time. One of the most serious potential issues is an eye infection. Eye infections can range in severity, but the most serious cases can even cause blindness. 

That being said, these issues can happen with any type of contact if not cared for properly. Therefore, it’s critical to take your contacts out each night, change them and schedule, and wash your hands when working with contacts.

Comfort and Sensitivity

Contact lens comfort has improved over time as new lens materials were introduced. The most common type of material prescribed today is silicone hydrogel which offers strong oxygen permeability, which some wearers may find more comfortable.

Both daily and monthly silicone hydrogel contacts are available. However, because daily contacts are thinner and allow oxygen to reach the eye easily, they may provide additional comfort to wearers. This is especially true when compared to monthly contacts nearing the end of their lifespan.

Your eye care professional can provide a recommendation of which material is best for your individual needs. Though silicone hydrogel is the most common, there are plenty of other options that may be suitable depending on your budget and preferences.

Prescription

Depending on your needs, only certain types of contacts may be available to you. In general, monthly contacts can accommodate a wider range of prescriptions and needs because there are more options on the market. This is especially true for those with specialized lens types such as multifocal lenses.

Lifestyle

Certain lifestyles may influence which type of contacts to go with. On one hand, if you live active lifestyles—such as playing sports, hiking, or working out—you may benefit from daily contacts. During these activities, sweat or dirt can get into the eye and onto your contact lens. This typically isn’t a concern with daily contacts as the lens is discarded and replaced each day. With monthly contacts, this can lead to additional buildup or damage to the lens over time.

On the other hand, if you travel often or are prone to a spontaneous lifestyle, monthly contacts may be the better option. As long as you remember to bring your case and solution, there’s no need to worry about not having contacts to get you through an extended time away from home. And if you forget your case or solution, you can replace them in a pinch. 

With daily contacts, you need to plan ahead and bring enough lenses to cover your time away—if not, you’re at risk of running out of pairs to use.

Environmental Impact

For those who are mindful of eco-friendliness, monthly contacts are worth considering. Because the contacts are replaced 12 times a year, there are only 24 lenses and lens packages being discarded per year. On the other hand, daily contacts are replaced 365 days a year, meaning 730 lenses and lens packages being discarded. 

That being said, daily contact lens brands are taking steps to reduce this impact. Some daily contact lenses and lens packages are now recyclable.

Price

Ultimately, price plays a major role in the choices we make—so how about the price of daily vs. monthly contacts?

Everyday contact wearers will typically find better value out of monthly contacts. There are far less pairs in a year's supply of monthly contacts, and that will be reflected in the total yearly price. That being said, monthly contact wearers also need to factor in the price of restocking contact solution as well.

For those who typically don’t wear contacts every day, daily contacts may be worth the price difference. While the overall monthly cost may be higher, opting for the benefits of daily contacts may be worth the price difference if they are available for you.

Daily vs. Monthly Contacts: How to Choose

There are a lot of factors to weigh when deciding between daily vs. monthly contacts. Often, concessions will need to be made when choosing either type. For example, daily contacts may provide improved performance or comfort, they may not be cost-effective for a daily contacts wearer.

That being said, both daily and monthly contacts are a safe and effective method of vision correction. Having a conversation with your eye care professional will help clear up any questions you may have about which type of lens is best for you.

Get Started With Hubble

If you’ve weighed your options and determined that daily contacts are a great fit for you, look no further than Hubble. Get all the benefits of daily contacts—like improved performance, comfort, and eye health. Plus, with Hubble’s best-in-class subscription service, you can also get your contacts shipped to you regularly, ensuring that you’ll always be well-stocked and ready for each new day.

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