Monthly use - These contact lenses can be worn for up to 30 days when removed, cleaned and stored properly every night.
Less waste - No need for numerous blister packs in your cupboards and the recycling bin, you only require one pair of lenses to get you through the month.
Cost-effective - Monthly contact lenses are available in packs of three to last for up to three months, with prices starting from £8, or packs of six to last for up to half a year, with prices starting from £15.
Durable - Monthly contact lenses tend to be a little firmer than daily or weekly lenses, as they are designed with supplementary components and technologies to help them last for up to 30 days without accidental tearing.
There are three main types of monthly contact lenses:
Spherical lenses - to correct short (myopia) or long-sightedness (hyperopia)
Toric lenses - to correct astigmatic vision
Multifocal lenses - to correct presbyopia
Short and long-sightedness (myopia and hyperopia) are the most common refractive errors and often develop during adolescence. Currently, it is estimated that approximately 40% of European adults are short-sighted. Monthly contact lenses are a great choice for all those, who prefer to wear contact lenses over glasses.
Biofinity are manufactured by CooperVision, a world leader in contact lenses, and are a popular choice for monthly contact lens wearers. They are made from the silicone hydrogel material Comfilcon A, which has a water content of 48%, higher than most other silicone hydrogel lenses. It allows a great amount of oxygen through the lenses and provides freshness and comfort during wear.
Toric Contact Lenses
Toric contact lenses are designed for those with astigmatism. This eye condition is almost as common as short and long-sightedness and approximately a third of the world population are affected by it. The light that enters the eyes is not able to focus on one point in the retina, due to an elongated cornea or misshapen lens of the eye, leading to distorted vision. Toric contact lenses use advanced technologies and two corrective powers at the necessary angle to correct this.
Part of the same Biofinity family from CooperVision, these monthly toric contact lenses are designed with Optimised Toric Lens Geometry to ensure optimal stability and visual acuity, even during active head movements. Wearers recommend these lenses for their reliable fit and describe them as “nice and comfortable”.
Multifocal contact lenses are for all those with presbyopia. Most people over the age of 40 develop this condition, which leads to difficulties when focusing on close objects or small text. It is inevitable and even those, who have never had any vision issues before, will eventually notice a difference in their near vision. Multifocal lenses are a great option for if you prefer not to wear reading glasses.
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal are manufactured by Alcon to correct presbyopic vision. They feature a Precision Profile Design, which allows your eyes to focus on near, intermediate and distant vision by working with natural pupil reactions and size - dilation when focussing on distant objects and constriction when looking at near objects. Thanks to the specific curve of the bi-aspheric lens design the lenses sit securely on your eyes for crisp vision.
Before you order your monthly contact lenses you will require a contact lens prescription to ensure that the lenses sit correctly on your eyes, without causing any irritation or blurred vision.
Best Selling Monthly Contact Lenses
Lenstore offers a large variety of monthly contact lenses, available in packs of three lenses or six lenses. Please, always confirm with your optician, before ordering a new lens type, to ensure they are suitable for you and fitted properly.
Biofinity are a very popular and convenient choice. They are manufactured by CooperVision, one of the global leaders in the contact lens industry and are developed with Aquaform technology to create an ideal combination of comfort and oxygen permeability. This means that the lenses stay soft and allow for comfortable wear. Biofinity lenses are licenced in the UK for extended wear of up to 29 consecutive nights – if recommended by your optician.
Biofinity Toric are designed for those with astigmatism that wear contact lenses regularly. These lenses are made from silicone hydrogel material and thanks to the Aquaform technology, they naturally retain optimum moisture for extended comfort over long periods of time. Biofinity Toric lenses are licenced in the UK for continuous wear for up to 29 nights - if recommended by your optician.
Air Optix Aqua are an ideal lens if you are short or long-sighted. They are designed with a tapered, thinner edge design, and have a light blue visibility tint, which makes the insertion and removal of these lenses easy. Air Optix Aqua are developed with SmartShield technology to help to reduce lipid deposits and offer a smooth lens surface to prevent irritation.
Freshlook Colorblends are coloured monthly contact lenses, manufactured by Alcon. They are a great choice if you want to enhance or change the colour of your eyes whilst benefiting from vision correction. These lenses correct short and long-sighted prescriptions but are also available in zero power (+0.00) for those that do not require vision correction. They are available in twelve colours and offer an option for everyone, whether you prefer subtle or noticeable changes.
These monthly disposable contact lenses from Alcon are optimised for wearers with astigmatism. They are designed with Precision Balance 8|4, which means that two balance points work with the natural movement of your eyelids to keep the lenses secure and stable while blinking. This helps to improve clear and sharp vision during wear, making Air Optix for Astigmatism a reliable option.
Air Optix Colors are coloured contact lenses that can be worn for up to 30 days, they need to be removed every evening, cleaned, and stored overnight. They are available for the correction of short or long-sightedness, as well as in zero power if you wish to enhance your appearance without vision correction. Air Optix Colors are made from silicone hydrogel to ensure breathability and offer long-lasting comfort.
PureVision 2 HD are manufactured by Bausch & Lomb to correct short or long-sighted prescriptions. Designed with ComfortMoist technology, these lenses are particularly thin and offer comfort from the point of insertion that lasts throughout the month. They are also approved as a continuous wear option for up to 29 nights, as long as your Optician has approved this. Wearers recommend these lenses because they can barely feel them during wear.
Air Optix plus HydraGlyde are monthly contact lenses for those who are short or long-sighted. The HydraGlyde technology provides an envelope of moisture that surrounds the lens and acts as a barrier to protect from lipid build-up. This means that the lenses stay hydrated and offer long-lasting comfort throughout the whole month, which makes them ideal for wearers who have struggled with dry eyes.
These are manufactured by Alcon for presbyopic prescriptions. They are developed with a Precision Profile Design to offer clear vision from near to far distances. The SmartShield Technology creates a smooth surface to help protect against deposits and provide optimum comfort throughout the month.
Proclear, manufactured by CooperVision, have been developed to correct short and long-sighted prescriptions. They are made from the thin hydrogel material Omafilcon B, have a high water content of 62%, and utilise the innovative Phosphorylcholine (PC) technology which is designed to naturally resist dryness, by binding water molecules to the lens. This means they provide moisture and comfort during wear.
Best for Sensitive Eyes
If your eyes tend to get tired and irritated towards the end of a long day, some lenses may be better for your eye health than others. Before you try a new contact lens brand, you will need to consult your optician to make sure that they are suitable for you and fitted correctly.
The Biofinity brand from CooperVision is made from Comfilcon A, a silicone hydrogel material with one of the highest water contents of 48%. These lenses are designed to reduce irritation and provide clear vision for all those with sensitive eyes. They are available in spherical (for those with short or long-sighted prescriptions), toric (for wearers with astigmatism), and multifocal (for those with presbyopia) forms.
Best for a Busy Lifestyle
Some monthly lenses are licensed to sleep in, which means they can be used as continuous wear, for up to 29 days and nights, or as an extended wear option for up to 6 nights, depending on the lens type and whether your optician deems you suitable. This can be beneficial for everyone who works on call, such as emergency workers, or has an unpredictable and busy lifestyle.
Air Optix Night & Day Aqua
Air Optix Night & Day Aqua can be worn continuously for up to 30 nights, providing that your optician approves this. These lenses are made from Lotrafilcon A, a silicone hydrogel material that offers the highest level of oxygen through the lens to maintain your eye health, even while you sleep.
Best Monthlies with UV Protection
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, whether for work or for leisure, you may benefit from wearing monthly contact lenses that provide UV protection. Please note that these should not replace protective sunglasses.
Avaira Vitality are monthly contact lenses from CooperVision that offer Class 1 UV protection and block more than 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB rays for added protection from the sun. They are made from silicone hydrogel with a water content of 55% which allows for breathability and supports comfort during wear.
How to Wear and Care for Monthly Contact Lenses
Monthly contact lenses can be worn for up to 30 days as daily wear. They need to be removed every evening, cleaned, and stored in a lens case overnight with contact lens solution.
We answered some questions you may have regarding wearing your monthly contacts:
Can you sleep in monthly contact lenses?
You cannot sleep in all monthly contact lenses. There are several monthly contact lenses on the market that are suitable for continuous or extended wear. These lenses are designed to allow lots of oxygen through the lens and are approved to be worn for 6 nights or up to 29 consecutive days and nights, depending on the lens type. Please always confirm with your optician whether extended or continuous wear is suitable for your eye health.
How many hours can you wear monthly contact lenses?
Please note, how long you can wear your lenses for always depends on your eyes, always consult your optician for advice. While some can wear their monthly contact lenses for most of the day when removed every evening, cleaned and stored properly overnight, others may not be able to wear their lenses for such a long time-frame.
Monthly contact lenses that are suitable for extended or continuous wear do not need to be removed at the end of the day and can be worn for several days, if approved by your optician.
Can you wear monthly contacts longer if not worn daily?
From the moment you open the blister pack and remove the contact lenses from their sterile environment and buffer solution, they can only be worn for the next 30 days. That means, even if you do not wear your lenses every day, they still need to be disposed of after a month.
Can you swim while wearing monthly contacts?
No, swimming in contact lenses is not recommended. Whether it is the ocean or pool, water contains bacteria and amoeba that can stick to your contact lens and cause infections. Although this is rare, swimming in contact lenses increases the risk of infection even after cleaning them thoroughly. The safest solution is to use vision-correcting swimming and diving goggles - your optician will be able to provide you with a prescription for these.
In order to ensure that your monthly contact lenses last for the full duration of 30 days, it is essential that you follow a simple cleaning regime. We have listed some helpful tips below.
If you are unsure whether you maintain your monthly lenses correctly, your optician will be happy to show you how to clean and store them accordingly.
How to clean and store monthly contact lenses
Multi-purpose solution is the most commonly used type of solution for cleaning your monthly lenses and the following steps focus mainly on the cleaning process for this option.
Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly before handling your contact lenses.
Only use the contact lens solution recommended by your optician, never use tap water. Water contains harmful bacteria and amoeba that can lead to irritation and infections.
Carefully remove your lenses with clean hands at the end of every day. Place them in the palm of your hand, add the recommended solution, and gently rub away any deposits or dust.
Store your lenses in a flat or barrel lens case, which often comes with the solution, and fill it with clean solution.
After you insert your lenses in the morning, empty the lens case of any solution and let it air dry during the day.
If you experience any irritation, discomfort, or redness, remove the lenses and flush them with saline solution. Should the symptoms remain for several hours after you removed the lenses, please contact your optician to ensure the health of your eyes has not been affected.
How Much Do Monthly Contact Lenses Cost?
The price of monthly contact lenses differs between box sizes and lens type.
Type of lens
Spherical Lenses (Short or Long-Sighted)
6 lenses per box
£14 - £39
3 lenses per box
£15 - £35
3 lenses per box
£22 - £31
Are monthly lenses more cost-effective?
Whether monthly contact lenses are cost-effective for you depends on how regularly you wear them. If you wear contact lenses nearly every day then monthly contact lenses will be cost-effective for you.
The average price for one box with 6 monthly lenses is £27. This will last you for up to six months.
The average price for one box with 30 daily lenses is £16. This will only last you for one month if worn daily.
How do monthly contact lenses work?
Monthly contact lenses have been treated to reduce irritations thanks to advanced technologies and active ingredients and to offer optimum comfort and hydration over 30 days.
These types of lenses can be worn over 30 days and need to be removed each night, cleaned and stored in contact lens solution overnight.
Are monthly contact lenses thicker?
Monthly contact lenses are slightly thicker than daily or weekly contact lenses due to the enhanced technologies that allow the lenses to withstand environmental impurities and debris that can occur over the 30 days. This also means monthlies are firmer than most daily lenses, which is why some wearers find them easier to insert and remove.
Why should I choose monthly contact lenses?
Monthly contact lenses are a sensible option for those who wear contact lenses more often than not as they tend to be more cost-effective Further, monthly lenses can correct a wider range of prescriptions than daily lenses, such as higher spheres or more specific cylinder and axis measurements if you need to correct astigmatism.
Are monthly contact lenses safe?
Yes, all monthly contact lenses available from Lenstore are approved as medical devices by the FDA (Food and Drug Association) in the US and by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) in the UK and are safe to use.
Roshni Patel BSc (Hons) MCOptom qualified as an Optometrist in 2004. She is a member of the Association of Optometrists and is the Professional Services Manager at Lenstore where she is responsible for supporting and guiding all departments from a clinical standpoint.