Contact lenses remain an extremely popular option for patients who still need to have a refractive eye error-corrected so that they can see clearly but are fed up with the restrictions associated with conventional glasses. Contact lenses work by sitting directly onto the surface of the eye, covering the cornea, which is the thin, clear lens covering the iris by floating on the tear film that is present. Since the lenses stick to the tear film, they move naturally with you when you blink and move your eyes around. They change the way in which light enters the eye, enabling it to be refracted through the cornea so that it directly hits the retina at the back of the eye. This ensures that a clear message is sent from the eye to the brain, resulting in visual acuity and good eyesight. Contact lenses can be successfully used by a wide variety of different patients. This includes patients with refractive problems known as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and even astigmatism.
The very first soft contact lenses were developed in 1971, but since then, their design has continued to evolve. Not only are they now available in different materials with different qualities, but they are also designed for different periods of wear. Two of the most popular are monthly and daily contacts. How do you decide between them? Let’s compare them to see which is most likely to suit your needs.
As their name suggests, monthly contacts are worn for up to a month at a time before being replaced with a new lens, whilst dailies are worn for a full day and then permanently disposed of. The next day, you choose a new lens from the packet, pop it in and carry on as normal. Unsurprisingly, this means that the main difference between monthly and daily contacts is the care that they need. Daily contacts require quite literally zero care commitment. Meanwhile, monthly contacts need to be cleaned and stored properly overnight before their next use. This also makes daily contacts significantly more convenient for those patients with very busy lifestyles.
The good news is that most big brands offer both monthly and daily contact lenses. This means that whether you prefer branded or brand equivalents, you should have the power of a choice to suit your budget. Both are also available in a variety of material, and as toric and multifocal options too. This means that there is almost certainly a monthly or daily lens that will offer you exceptional vision correction as well as supreme convenience.
Monthlies are usually less expensive when compared to dailies, even when you factor in the cost of cleaning solution.
It is the cheapest way to wear contact lenses every day and not being reliant on glasses.
Some types of monthly lenses can be worn continuously – speak to your provider for more information.
Dailies are the most convenient of all contact lenses since they don’t require cleaning or taking care of. Pop them in, pop them out and throw them away. Then repeat the next day.
Dailies give you greater flexibility to choose what days you wear contact lenses and what days if any, you wear glasses. This makes them great for occasional use.
They are ideal for allergy sufferers since daily disposal of the lenses means that there is no time for allergens to build upon the surface of the lens.
With so many different types of contact lenses available, deciding which is right for you is understandably tricky without the right advice and support. If you would like to learn more about using contact lenses, including help with the decision between monthly and daily contacts, please don’t hesitate to contact our expert team of eye care specialists in State College, PA.