If you are reading this post, you either wear contact lenses or have thought about wearing contact lenses. So the most common question we get asked besides “am I suitable?” or “will I get infections?” is, “are daily contact lenses more expensive”.
The simple answer is no they aren’t, especially if they are worn as we recommend.
To put things into perspective, there are multiple types of contact lenses. “Daily Lenses”, “Daily disposable”, “Extended wear”, “Frequent wear”, and a few other terms. What do all these terms mean?
For simplicity, daily disposable lenses are lenses that are worn once and thrown away.
Daily lenses are lenses which can be worn on a daily basis, but are normally thrown away after a fortnight or a month.
For the purpose of this, we will ignore extended wear and frequent wear as we generally do not recommend it unless there are other circumstances involved.
Now if you’ve heard or are currently wearing “fortnightly” or “monthly” lenses, you are probably going, “I wear my lenses everyday for a fortnight/month, and take them off every night before I sleep”. Most optometrists will recommend that patients have at least one day off a week while wearing these types of lenses. The reason for this is that it gives the eye time to recover from having a piece of “plastic” on the actual eye.
With these types of lenses, a solution is required to clean the lenses every night as well as soak the lenses overnight.
After factoring the costs of the lenses, as well as the conditioning/cleaning solution, it becomes cheaper to wear daily disposable lenses as long as you wear your lenses around 4 days a week. If you choose to wear your lenses 5+ days a week, then these fortnightly/monthly lenses are cheaper. So come in today and speak to one of our optometrists to find out whether daily lenses are better suited for you.
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Optometrists are experts in vision care who diagnose, manage and treat a wide range of vision problems, eye diseases and ocular conditions. By prescribing spectacles, contact lenses, vision aids and other treatments, optometrists help their patients maximise and retain good vision for life.