You’ve finally decided it’s time to wear contact lenses, but now you have one more decision to make: monthlies or dailies. While choosing may be easy for some, others find it a difficult choice to make. Here’s more information on the two types of lenses, to help you make an informed decision.
Monthly contact lenses need to be replaced monthly, and normally at a specific date, depending on the replacement instructions provided by your eye doctor. They are made with a thicker material than daily lenses, so are more durable. They also tend to be more resistant to drying out, but you must follow the instructions on cleaning them in order to ensure both your eye health and wearing comfort.
Monthly contact lenses can be worn for about 30 days before you’ll need to switch to a new pair.
Another good thing about monthlies is that there are certain brands of monthly lenses, called ‘extended wear’ contact lenses, that are FDA approved for overnight or even full-time wear for the entire month.
It is important to know that while these lenses are safer to wear overnight, the longer you wear contacts, the higher the risk of problems, including infection.
Daily contact lenses are single-use lenses that you remove and discard at the end of the day. They are typically made to be very thin and have a high water content.
Daily contact lenses are made to be used once and then thrown away, so they require almost no maintenance.
It’s important to know that leaving daily lenses in your eyes overnight can scratch the cornea and lead to infection.
So Which Is It Monthlies or Dailies?
No matter which type you choose, there are plenty of options for both monthly and daily contact lenses. You can always try one kind of contact lens and then switch to the other. At Switalski Eye Care in Plano we will help you decide which ones best meet you and your eyes’ needs.
At Switalski Eye Care, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 972-424-2019 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plano eye doctors.
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