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Dailies vs monthlies: a cost & hygiene comparison

Dailies vs monthlies: a cost & hygiene comparison

Whether you’re new to contacts, or you’re an experienced lens wearer, you’ve probably faced the question at one point or another: dailies or monthlies? 

While the difference might seem marginal at first, there is a lot to consider when making this kind of decision. Your end goal should be to find a pair that fits your lifestyle and eyecare needs while also being friendly to your wallet.

Are monthly lenses cheaper than dailies?

While it might seem like monthly lenses are the way to go for cost-efficiency, that is not always the case. Monthly lenses come with several additional costs that dailies do not. For example, proper care of monthly lenses requires a cleaning solution and a lens case, which would both need to be replenished periodically. Daily lenses allow you to get a fresh pair each day without the hassle of that extra maintenance. 

In addition, your cost could potentially skyrocket depending on how often your lenses become damaged. This can depend on a multitude of factors such as quality of the lenses, how long you’ve been using them for, your activity level, and your experience level. Damaging a daily lens results in losing just one day of lenses and generally isn’t much of a hassle to replace. Damaging a monthly pair, on the other hand, could potentially result in losing an entire month of lenses, depending on when they break. This can have a much bigger impact on cost, and many optometrists recommend starting with daily lenses so that clients can get used to using and taking care of them without as much financial risk. 

If you are planning on becoming a regular contact lens wearer, it might be worth testing out both to see how the cost and convenience compare for you. 

Which lens is more hygienic?

Hygienically, you can’t beat a good daily lens. There are much fewer opportunities for bacteria buildup, and less chances of human error. 

Monthly lenses require daily cleaning/sanitization and a sterile storing unit, each of which needs to be replaced on a monthly basis. There are several steps that you need to take in between uses, all of which come with some level of risk for contamination or infection. If each step isn’t done properly, or frequently enough, you could be creating short or long-term issues for your eye health.According to the CDC, anywhere from 40% to 90% of contact lens wearers do not property follow care instructions.

Though you could get to a comparable hygiene level with either type of lens, the big difference is whether you want to put in the work yourself, or if you want to have the convenience of having guaranteed sterile lens every time. 

Which lens is more environmentally friendly?

While contact lenses used to get a bad rap for environmental concerns surrounding packaging waste, that is now a problem of the past. Many contact lens companies, including WALDO, have launched recycling schemes to offer fully recyclable packaging. With WALDO lenses, you can send back everything from the lenses themselves to the blister packs and let us take care of the recycling from there.

While there are no “better”, or “worse” types of lenses, it’s important to take the time to know which is best for you. Depending on factors like your lifestyle, experience level, and budget you can tread the path and find your perfect pair. 

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