About Monthly Contact Lenses
Monthly contact lenses are designed to be worn for up to 30 consecutive days. They are cleaned and stored overnight after each wear. After a month, they are disposed of and a new set of lenses are used instead.
Monthly lenses provide an affordable way of wearing lenses compared to daily contact lenses or two weekly contacts, and they are considered to be an eco-friendlier option as there’s less waste compared to dailies. They require a little bit of maintenance but there are various options available which provide comfort and hydration to keep your eyes healthy.
Benefits of wearing monthly contact lenses
There are several benefits of wearing monthly contact lenses over other types of contact lenses. With monthlies, you can wear your lenses for up to 30 days when removed, cleaned and stored overnight, and because there’s fewer blister packs to worry about, they are less wasteful. You simply use the same pair of lenses throughout the month which means you don’t need to buy as many lenses throughout the course of the year.
Monthly lenses start as low as £8 so they can be an affordable way to get started with lenses. Monthly lenses are durable and tend to be firmer than daily or weekly lenses because they are designed to last for up to a month without damage which makes them easier to insert and remove without as high of a risk of tearing.
Best selling and popular monthly contact lenses
Biofinity – Biofinity lenses are a convenient option that are developed with Aquaform technology to provide the highest level of comfort with optimal oxygen permeability. These lenses stay soft for the whole month and are also licensed for extended wear up to 29 consecutive nights if your optician approves.
Biofinity Toric – These toric lenses are designed for people with astigmatism who want to wear lenses regularly. They are made with silicone hydrogel which keeps the eyes moist and hydrated, with ample comfort throughout the day.
Air Optix Aqua – These lenses have a tapered, thin edge design and also benefit from a light blue tint which makes them easier to insert and remove as you’ll know which way up is correct. The lenses have a SmartShield technology to reduce lipid deposits on the lens and prevent irritation.
Freshlook Colorblends – These monthly coloured contact lenses are great if you want to change the visual appearance of your eyes while also benefiting from crisper, clearer vision. They are available in 12 colours and a range of prescriptions as well as zero power prescriptions for people who don’t need vision correction.
Air Optix for Astigmatism – These monthly lenses are designed for people with astigmatism and have Precision Balance which means the two balance points work with the natural movement of your eyelids to keep the lenses in place when you’re blinking. They’re a reliable option for astigmatism sufferers who want crisper vision.
Air Optix Colours – Coloured contact lenses that can be worn for 30 days, these lenses need to be removed and cleaned and stored each evening. They provide correction for long and short-sightedness, but they can also be purchased as zero power for people who want the visual effect of changing their eye colour without the corrective properties.
PureVision 2 HD – These lenses have ComfortMoist technology to provide the utmost comfort to the wearer as well as easier insertion thanks to the thinner design. They are approved for continuous wear for up to 29 nights, with the guidance of your optician, and are incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods.
Air Optix plus HydraGlyde – These monthly lenses are created with a cushion of moisture around the entire lens that acts as a barrier to not only provide more comfort to the wearer but also prevent lipid build-up. They stay hydrated for long periods and have lasting comfort for the whole month.
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal – Designed for presbyopic prescriptions, these lenses are designed with a Precision Profile Design which provides clearer vision for long and close distances. They have a SmartShield technology which provides a smoother surface to provide greater comfort for the entire month.
Proclear – Proclear lenses are designed to correct short and long-sighted prescriptions and are made with a thin hydrogel material known as Omafilcon B. This has a higher water content than standard lenses that provides excellent hydration to the eyes to promote eye health and resist dryness. They’re incredibly comfortable to wear throughout the month, and for long periods for each individual wear.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What makes monthly contact lenses so popular?
The main reason that people choose monthly contact lenses over daily or bi-weekly lenses is that they tend to work out cheaper on a cost-per-wear basis and they are less wasteful, as you aren’t throwing away lenses and blister packs every day. If you’re happy to carry out the simple cleaning routine required with monthly lenses, they’re a great option that can save you money and provide the same level of clear, crisp vision and comfort as other contact lenses. There are many leading manufacturers on the market and the technology behind monthly lenses has improved over the years to enable wearers to enjoy the highest levels of comfort, hydration and vision.
Why should I use monthly contact lenses?
Monthly lenses are a great option if you wear your lenses regularly, as they work out to be more cost-effective and better in terms of waste. There are numerous manufacturers to choose from who offer high quality monthly lenses, and a variety of prescriptions to choose from, more than dailies can offer, so if you have a specific condition such as astigmatism, monthlies can be an effective choice to correct your vision problems. If you lead an active lifestyle or simply don’t enjoy wearing glasses, switching to monthly lenses can be a great alternative that will save you a month in the long-term when compared to daily lenses.
How much do monthly contact lenses cost?
The cost of monthly lenses varies depending on the quantity you purchase and the type of lenses you need. As an indication, these are some of the costs you can expect to pay for monthly contact lenses:
- Spherical lenses for short or long sightedness – Pack of 6 - £14-£39
- Toric lenses – Pack of 3 - £15-£35
- Multifocal lenses – Pack of 3 - £22-£31
The cost efficiency of monthlies depends on how often you wear them. If you’re wearing them most days, monthly lenses will be a cheaper option on a cost-per-wear basis compared to dailies.
What is the difference between monthly contact lenses vs other contact lenses?
Monthly lenses are contact lenses which can be worn for up to 30 days, with cleaning and storing in between each wear at night. Compared to daily lenses, which are disposed of after just one wear, monthly lenses require cleaning to remain hygienic and safe for use. This cleaning process is naturally more time consuming than dailies, which don’t require any maintenance, but the process is very simple and takes only a few minutes each day.
How do you wear and care for monthly contact lenses?
Monthly lenses are inserted and removed in the same way as regular lenses and can be worn all day, before being removed at night for sleeping. As with regular lenses, you shouldn’t shower or swim with your lenses in as water can harbour bacteria. To care for your lenses, you will need to follow a simple cleaning process to prevent the build-up of bacteria and protein deposits.
Most often, you can use a multi-purpose cleaning solution for your lenses but your optician will recommend the best solution for you to use to keep your lenses clean. Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly before touching your eyes or lenses, then carefully remove your lens, placing it in the palm of your hand. Fill the palm of your hand with fresh solution and gently rub the surface of the lens with your index finger for 30 seconds. Store in your lens case, filling with fresh solution, which you should tip away the following morning when you next wear your lenses.
How long do monthly contact lenses last?
The length of time monthly lenses last depends on your eyes, the brand you use and the type of lenses you have. You should always seek your optician’s advice when it comes to how long you can wear your lenses for. Monthly lenses are designed to be worn every day for up to 30 days, but some can be worn without removal for up to 29 days, however you should only do this on the advice and guidance of your optician.
How do you store monthly contact lenses?
You should store your lenses in a flat or barrel lens case which typically comes with your solution. Fill the container with clean, fresh solution each time you store your lenses and replace the container regularly to ensure it’s not harbouring any harmful bacteria. If you find that you’re experiencing irritation from your lenses, it may be worth speaking to your optician and trying a new solution as some people find their solution can be irritating to their eyes.