Our Lens Experts Explain How to Choose
Monthly lenses were the gold standard when contact lenses were first released into the consumer market. However, nowadays there are many more types of quality, comfortable lenses out there, and monthly lenses are no longer the popular standard.
Our doctor will discuss contact lens options and prescribe the contact lens that is the best match for your prescription and lifestyle.
Do daily lenses and monthly lenses cost the same?
Daily disposables may be more affordable than you think. When comparing daily disposables to monthly disposables, it may surprise you to find that the cost of monthly disposables combined with the cost of cleaning solutions may be more expensive than daily disposables.
Learn the Basics of Daily and Monthly Lenses
Disposable contact lenses are extremely popular these days. As an alternative to hard lenses of the past and rigid gas permeable lenses of today, they are generally considered to be far superior in comfort and wearability. They come in many different varieties, and it is important to know which is best for you. Below, our trusted Boise eye care professionals give you a brief explanation of some of the major types of disposable contact lenses on the market today.
Daily disposable contact lenses are an increasingly popular alternative, because they offer the same crystal clear vision, without the need to ensure proper storage and cleaning at the end of each day. Daily disposables allow contact lens wearers the ability to simply throw away each day's pair of contacts before bed, and open a brand new pair the very next day to enjoy the benefits and comfort of clean, clear, crisp contact lenses.
Dangerous calcium or hairspray deposits, normally associated with bi-weekly and monthly contact lenses, are no longer an issue, and the chances of developing contact lens-related eye infections, normally associated with monthly and bi-weekly contact lenses, become almost a non-issue.
Bi-Weekly and Monthly Contact Lenses
Replaced either monthly or bi-weekly, these contact lenses are thicker than daily disposables. In addition, monthly and bi-weekly disposable contact lenses require more upkeep than daily disposables, requiring daily cleaning and storage in proper contact lens solution.
Monthly lenses are available in an extensive range of prescriptions, and can be a good option for "hard-to-fit" patients when daily disposables are not.
What is your vision correction prescription?
Not all contact lenses are available for all prescriptions. During your contact lens fitting your eye doctor will evaluate your prescription as well as the unique characteristics of your cornea to determine the most suitable contact lens. If you're interested in wearing contact lenses please call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.
Are your eyes sensitive?
Some people experience irritation in response to particular contact lens materials. If you have sensitive eyes, you may need lenses with a higher water content or increased oxygen permeability so that they feel comfortable. Dailies and monthlies differ with respect to many of these characteristics. Our experienced optometrists will evaluate your eyes to recommend the best composition of lenses for your personal condition. Nowadays, there are so many types of contacts that even people with sensitive eyes can enjoy comfortable vision with their contact lenses.
Where and when do you plan to wear your contacts?
Sports players or anyone who enjoys the active Idaho lifestyle may prefer the convenience of daily disposable contact lenses. They can be removed and replaced instantly after contact with dirt, water, sunscreen or sweat. If you love to camp - you'll love daily disposables!
If you are someone who plans to wear contacts occasionally, daily disposable contacts are a great choice. Generally available in boxes of 30 lenses (which is a monthly supply if worn daily), this supply can last an occasional wearer for quite awhile and eliminates the hassle of purchasing disinfecting and cleaning solutions.