Daily or Monthly Contact Lens: Making a choice

Before you are issued your contact lenses, you have the option of getting either a daily or monthly contact lens. If you have been wearing glasses for a long time, you may find the process of switching to contact lenses arduous. Before you have to worry about the details and specifics of getting contact lenses, you may need to ask your optometrist some questions about the type of lens you need.

Here are a few frequently asked questions from our patients:

1. “What options are available for my prescription?”

Depending on your prescription, you may not have many choices in the type of lens for you in terms of replacement rate and reusability. The more powerful prescriptions for myopic eyes, for example, may only come in the form of long-term reusable lenses. The more powerful the prescription, the more likely you are to have fewer options for reusability options.

2. “What kind of activities will I be involved in when wearing the lens?”

Take your daily activities into consideration when choosing the right type of contact lens for you. Do you exercise every day? Do you look at a computer screen at work? Make sure the lens you choose best fits your day-to-day activities.

3. “How often will I be wearing them?”

How often do you plan on wearing contact lenses? If you prefer glasses but wear contacts occasionally, the most economic choice is to get disposable lenses for those days you prefer contacts. If you’re fully committed to wearing contact lenses every day, the best choice is long-term reusable lenses. This is another thing to keep in mind when consulting with your eye doctor.

4. “Which option can I afford?”

Think about the economic implications of every type of contact lens. Disposable lenses are convenient but require constant replacement. Reusable lenses last much longer but require a supplementary cleaning solution that needs to be kept fresh. Before making your choice, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each option so you can make the best choice for your wallet.

Questions? Contact us.

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