'Dailies or monthlies?' is a question almost every lens wearer will have asked themselves at some point. As we've covered in the past, the hygienic differences and cost comparisons between the two can be staggering, but what we'll explore today is the convenience factor.
Which lens is more convenient when wearing lenses everyday?
In your day to day routine, daily lenses have a quick 3 step routine:
- Wash your hands
- Take out old lenses (and recycle)
- Apply new lenses when you decide to wear them next
Monthly lenses have quite a few more steps:
- Wash your hands
- Clean and sterilize your contact lens storing case, making sure it has the appropriate amount of contact solution
- Take out the lenses
- Sanitize the lenses with the contact solution
- Replace contact solution and storing case every month to avoid the risk of contamination or infection
- Throw away lenses after a month of them being opened (regardless of if you’ve used them for a full 30 days)
- If the lenses are damaged in any way, immediately dispose of them and open a fresh pair
In our opinion, the above comparison makes it quite clear that when it comes to everyday convenience, dailies are the way to go.
Which lens is best for use on holidays?
Let’s say you’re going on vacation for 1 week. If you wear daily lenses, you would need to pack 7 pairs of lenses (7 for every day of the week). Everyday, you can wake up to a fresh, sterile pair of lenses and you can throw them out whenever you are done with them.
If you wear monthly lenses, you would need to pack 2 pairs (1 for necessity and 1 as back-up), your cleaning solution (making sure it is compliant with travel requirements), and your storing case. Every night, you would need to go through your routine to properly sanitize the lenses before your next day’s adventure. Is this going to ruin your trip? Probably not! But, you may be a little bummed out at having to press pause on the fun every night to take care of your contact lenses. Not to mention, traveling with or repackaging your contact solution to a travel-compliant container could dramatically increase the chances of contamination.
Which lens is best when worn only for special occasions?
Another big convenience factor is how often you want to wear the lenses. If you only want a pair that you can wear for special occasions, you will most definitely want to get daily lenses. This is because, regardless of if you wear your monthly lenses for 1 day or 30 days, they have a set expiration of 30 days after opening. This means that in order to get the most bang for your buck, you will need to commit to wearing them for the month. Daily lenses, on the other hand, can be used for 1 day and 1 day only. The commitment is much shorter, allowing for more flexibility and less financial strain.
Which lens is best during allergy season?
The end of spring/beginning of summer is a dreadful time for many allergy sufferers. Good thing for you, we have some great precautions that you can take! Although contact lenses do not offer any allergy relief, you can use daily lenses to keep your eyes as clear as possible. Unlike monthly lenses, these are fresh every day, which can keep your eyes clean during this tough time. It’s always a good idea to keep eye drops handy, but is especially important during allergy season. WALDO’s Hydration Drops can be a great solution to keep nearby for a quick pick-me-up!
So, what's the verdict?
After this research and situational analysis, we’ve come to a fairly definite conclusion that daily lenses are more convenient. While they may not be the perfect lens for every consumer, they definitely have a fair share of advantages over their counterparts.