If you’re a contact lens wearer, you’re aware that you must change your disposable contacts periodically for a new pair.
If you have daily lenses, you do this every day. It’s convenient to simply wear them once, toss them, and insert a fresh pair. There’s no overnight cleaning involved, and it’s easy to keep up with your schedule of how often you change them. (Ocular word of the day: That’s called your lens “modality” in the industry.)
Monthly contacts carry their benefits, too. For one, you only need to change them 12 times a year, so you need far fewer lenses than you would with dailies.
So that’s some of the benefits for daily vs. monthly contact lenses, but what about biweekly contacts? What are some of the conveniences of wearing contact lenses you change every two weeks?
That makes a great question, and we’re about to find out.
Given what we just covered, two-week contacts may seem like a solution in search of a problem. Why not just change your contacts every day or every month? Why split this down the middle?
People love two-week contact lenses
First off, two-week contact lenses are very popular—extremely popular, in fact. They bridge the benefits of daily and monthly contacts and help offer the highlights of both. For a closer examination of what we mean, let’s take a look at our own Avaira contact lenses.
- Are affordably priced—a big plus for many
- Help keep water bound into the lenses, so they stay moist
- Are silicone hydrogel to help ensure your comfort lasts all day
Think of them as your Goldilocks contacts—not too this, not too that, but just right.
Are there any slight downsides to two-week contacts…? Not much.
For the most part, two-week contacts do a good job of marrying the strengths of dailies and monthlies, as we said. Since you don’t change them every day, daily contacts might be slightly easier for teens just starting to wear contacts or for those who suffer from eye allergies.
Also, if you accidentally lose or tear a two-week (or monthly) contact lens, then that could throw your remaining lenses off your schedule. With dailies, this would tie these effects to only one day.
Overall, however, people love their two-week contacts.