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Daily or monthly lenses? 5 frequently asked questions about price differences and care

Daily and monthly lenses are equally popular among contact lens wearers.

Find out which contact lenses are the most affordable and best suited to your lifestyle!

Which contact lenses are cheaper? Daily or monthly ones?

If you want to compare monthly lenses with daily lenses you will probably find that monthly lenses are cheaper on average. However, this can be misleading, as it depends on how you use them. If you wear your contact lenses every day, then monthly lenses are actually cheaper. However, if you use your lenses on a more occasional basis (for example, only during sports), then daily lenses will be cheaper in the long run.

So, bear in mind how often you wear your lenses.

Our daily lens recommendations:

Which monthly lenses are cheaper? Hard or soft lenses?

Soft monthly lenses are cheaper than hard monthly ones. The hard material is much more resistant and partly explains the higher price. In addition, hard contact lenses are often specially adapted, for example in the case of astigmatism, so that soft monthly lenses are more likely to be cheaper.

How is the annual monthly contacts price compared to daily lenses?

If you use contact lenses every day, daily disposable lenses will be more expensive than monthly ones.

A 90 pack of daily lenses costs roughly between £40 and £60. This would be around £160 to £240, for daily use throughout the year. In addition, most of the times different lenses are needed for the right and left eye and in that case you shall pay twice as much. However, the cost factor for the care of contact lenses does not apply to daily contacts.

It is impossible to make a precise calculation for monthly lenses, as we now have a wide variety in our shop and the cost swings between £12,50 and £37,00 for packs of 6 lenses. However, let's choose a price somewhere between the two extremes, for example £25,00 for a box of 6 lenses: that would make it £50 a year, for one eye. Then you will have to add the cost of the solution, that you'll need to clean and keep the lenses moisturised, which usually includes the lens case.

In both cases we are talking about lenses for myopia or hypermetropia. Toric and multifocal lenses have a higher cost of production and are more expensive.

How expensive is the care of monthlies compared to daily lenses?

For monthly lenses, various solutions can be used, ranging from a cleaning solution to a disinfectant and saline solution. There are also protein solutions. Daily lenses, on the other hand, do not require this care and are disposed of at the end of the day. Monthly lenses therefore cost additional money and require time for their care.

Our monthly lens recommendations:

What are the advantages and disadvantages of monthly lenses?

We now know several monthly lenses are cheaper on average but they require more care and the costs for care and cleaning agents must be added. Also, if you lose your monthly disposable lens, you will lose a considerable amount of money compared to a daily disposable one.

However, monthly lenses are very popular with many lens wearers and are perceived as being more comfortable, especially if you travel a lot and do not want to change your lenses every day. Still, bear in mind that it is essential to clean and store your lenses as hygienically as possible, to prevent infections caused by germs and bacteria.

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Maria Chiara the editorial manager at Lentiamo. She creates articles and texts for our websites and social network, focusing on educational contents about the health of our eyes and the correct use of contact lenses, developed through extensive researches and a continuous dialogue with our opticians, but also curious facts and style trends. Her speciality is to research the latest trend in eyewear to share with our Lentiamers.

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