It All Begins With A Contact Lens Exam & Fitting
In the past, monthly lenses were the pinnacle of contact lens wear, but today we have a wide range of quality and comfortable options available.
Choosing the right type of contact lenses is essential, as they should align with your vision prescription and lifestyle. To help you make a decision, we’ll consider your unique needs during a contact lens exam and fitting.
Comparing Costs: Daily vs. Monthly Lenses
The expense is similar, with daily lenses potentially costing more if you switch them frequently throughout the day. Monthly lenses include the cost of cleaning solutions for sterilization and storage.
Daily Disposable Lenses: The Crisp, Convenient Choice
Daily wear contacts are becoming increasingly popular due to their comfort and ease of use. You simply pop in a fresh pair each day and discard them before bedtime. No cleaning or storage is necessary, making them an attractive option for busy people and younger contact lens wearers who might struggle to maintain extended-wear lenses. They also minimize the risk of infections and deposits.
Bi-Weekly and Monthly Lenses: Durable and Economical
Thicker than daily disposables, bi-weekly and monthly lenses offer durability and resistance to drying out. They require daily cleaning and proper storage but are more cost-effective in the long run. You can also choose extended-wear options that allow up to 30 days of continuous use without removal.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Lenses
Consider Your Vision Prescription
Not all lenses are meant for all prescriptions. Monthly lenses are suitable for higher magnifications and complex corrections, such as toric lenses for astigmatism and multifocals for presbyopia. If you need sharper vision with lenses, monthly contacts may be your best bet.
Sensitivity and Comfort
Sensitive eyes? Opt for lenses with higher water content or better oxygen permeability. Your optometrist will assess your eyes to recommend the most comfortable lens composition.
If you lead an active lifestyle, daily lenses may be best suited and are convenient for sports and outdoor activities as they can be replaced instantly after contact with dirt or water. However, they do tend to dry out more quickly. If you spend most of your time indoors or prefer less frequent changes, you may prefer monthly lenses.
Daily vs Monthly Contacts: The Ultimate Decision
If both monthly and daily lenses offer crisp vision, then the choice comes down to your lifestyle preferences. Talk to your eye doctor at James Tracey Eye Care and make your needs known so you can make the best decision.
Contact us today to schedule a contact lens exam and fitting!