Are Daily Contacts Safer Than Monthly Contacts? How To Decide Which Option Is Right For You
Whether you’ve been wearing contacts for years or you’re just getting started, it can be tough to decide whether daily or monthly contacts make more sense for your eye care needs. Here, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of both, helping you to decide which option is a better fit to help you see conveniently and clearly.
Daily contacts are convenient, and allow you to see the world through a fresh pair of lenses every day. When you’re finished with daily contacts, you simply throw them away, never having to worry about cleaning, storage, or running out of contact solution.
One of the most common causes eye infections for contact lens wearers is a lack of proper cleaning, either due to rushing through the cleaning process or forgetting a step. With daily contacts, this issue is completely removed, making it less likely that wearers will be plagued by eye infections.
Another benefit of daily contacts: there’s no need to worry about allergens or proteins building up on the lenses. Some monthly contact users note that their contacts aren’t as clear at the end of the month as they are at the beginning of the month. Daily contact lens wearers get this fresh look every day, never having to worry about anything building up on the surface of the lens.
While daily contacts are convenient, there are many benefits to monthly contacts as well. Usually, monthly contacts are less expensive than daily contacts, even when you factor in the cost of cases and cleaning solution.
Many daily contact wearers find that they feel like they’re constantly ordering new contacts. When a pair of daily lenses is removed for showering or swimming, the can’t be used again like monthly contacts. When you choose a monthly contact lens option, you’re able to take your contacts out and put them back in as many times as you want throughout the day, without having to worry about using up a fresh pair.
While the risk of infection can be higher with monthly contacts, the change in risk is negligible if you use good hygiene practices, such as cleaning your contacts nightly, storing them properly, keeping your cases clean, and washing your hands whenever you need to touch your eyes.
The Bottom Line
There’s advantages and disadvantages to both options. Talk with your eye care professional to determine what type of contact lens option is the best fit for your needs.