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What Are Monthly Contact Lenses?

Monthly contact lenses are a type of contact lens that can be worn for up to 30 days, provided they are removed, cleaned, and stored properly each night. They are a good option for people who wear contact lenses regularly, as they offer better value for money than daily disposables.

Monthly contact lenses are a safe and effective way to correct vision problems. However, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to prevent eye infections.

Monthly contact lenses need to be cleaned and stored properly each night to prevent eye infections. The best way to clean monthly contact lenses is to use a multipurpose contact lens solution. Multipurpose solutions are designed to remove dirt, debris, and protein deposits from the lenses. They also help to keep the lenses hydrated.

Benefits of Monthly Contact Lenses

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.

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Types of Monthly Contact Lenses

Best Selling Monthly Contact Lenses

How to Wear and Care for Monthly Contact Lenses

How Much Do Monthly Contact Lenses Cost?

Daily Disposables vs Other Contact Lens Types


Types of Monthly Contact Lenses

There are three main types of monthly contact lens types:

Spherical lenses - to correct short (myopia) or long-sightedness (hyperopia)

Toric lenses - to correct astigmatic vision

Multifocal lenses - to correct presbyopia

Spherical Lenses

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.

Example: Biofinity

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.

Example: Biofinity Toric

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 Lenses

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.

Example: Air Optix Aqua Multifocal

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.

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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.

Top 10 Best-Selling Monthly Contact Lenses


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

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

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

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.

Air Optix for Astigmatism

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

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

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

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.

Air Optix Aqua Multifocal

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) form

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

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?

In general, it is not recommended to sleep in monthly contact lenses. Even if your monthly contact lenses are designed to be worn for a month, sleeping in them can increase your risk of eye infections and other problems.

Here are some of the risks of sleeping with monthly contact lenses:

  • Eye infections. Sleeping in contact lenses can trap bacteria and other microorganisms on the lenses, which can lead to eye infections. These infections can be serious and can even lead to vision loss if not treated properly.
  • Corneal ulcers. A corneal ulcer is a small, open sore on the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. Corneal ulcers can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, and they can lead to pain, blurred vision, and even vision loss.
  • Pterygium. A pterygium is a growth of tissue that can develop on the white of the eye. Pterygiums are usually not serious, but they can cause discomfort and can interfere with vision.
  • Keratitis. Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. It can be caused by several factors, including sleeping with contact lenses. Keratitis can cause pain, redness, and blurred vision.

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 up to 16 hours a 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.

Can you shower with monthly contacts in?

No, you should not shower with monthly contacts in. Even if your contacts are designed to be worn for a month, they are still susceptible to contamination from water. This is because water, even tap water, can contain harmful bacteria that can cause eye infections. When you shower, water can splash into your eyes, even if you keep them tightly closed. This water can then come into contact with your contact lenses, which can trap the bacteria and lead to an infection.


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 monthly contact lenses?

Here are the steps on how to clean monthly contact lenses:

1.    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
2.    Remove your contact lenses from your eyes.
3.    Place each contact lens in the palm of your hand.
4.    Add a few drops of contact lens solution to each lens.
5.    Gently rub the lenses in a circular motion for 10-15 seconds.
6.    Rinse the lenses with a fresh contact lens solution.
7.    Place the lenses in your contact lens case.
8.    Fill the case with a fresh contact lens solution.
9.    Close the case and store it in a safe place.

Here are some additional tips for cleaning monthly contact lenses:

•    Use fresh contact lens solution every time you clean your lenses.
•    Do not use tap water or other household liquids to clean your lenses.
•    Be gentle when rubbing your lenses.
•    Rinse your lenses thoroughly after rubbing them.
•    Store your lenses in a clean, dry contact lens case.
•    Replace your contact lens case every three months.

How Much Do Monthly Contact Lenses Cost?

The price of monthly contact lenses differs between box sizes and lens type.

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.

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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, 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.

Can you wear monthly contact lenses longer?

No, you should not wear monthly contact lenses longer than the recommended time. Monthly contact lenses are designed to be worn for a month and wearing them longer can increase your risk of eye infections and other problems.

It is important to remember that your eyes are delicate and that wearing contact lenses for too long can put them at risk. It is always best to follow the manufacturer's instructions and to see your optician regularly to ensure that your contact lenses are safe to wear.

Are monthly contact lenses better than daily?

Monthly contact lenses and daily contact lenses have their advantages and disadvantages. Here is a comparison of the two types of lenses:

Monthly contact lenses

•    More affordable.
•    Can be worn for up to a month.
•    More durable.
•    Less likely to tear or break.

•    More care required.
•    Can be more difficult to clean.
•    Higher risk of eye infection.

Daily contact lenses

•    More convenient.
•    No need to clean or store.
•    Lower risk of eye infection.

•    More expensive.
•    Only last one day.
•    More likely to dry out.

Ultimately, the best type of contact lens for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you are looking for a more affordable option that is less time-consuming to care for, then monthly contact lenses may be a good choice for you. However, if you are concerned about the risk of eye infection, then daily contact lenses may be a better option.

Here are some additional factors to consider when choosing between monthly and daily contact lenses:

•    Your lifestyle: If you are active and wear your contact lenses for long periods, then daily contact lenses may be a better option for you.
•    Your budget: Monthly contact lenses are typically more affordable than daily contact lenses.
•    Your eye health: If you have a history of eye infections, then daily contact lenses may be a better option for you.

Are monthly contact lenses cheaper than daily?

Generally speaking, monthly contact lenses are cheaper than daily disposable contact lenses. However, this depends on a few factors, such as the brand and prescription.

Are monthly contact lenses safe?

Yes, monthly contact lenses can be safe if they are used properly. However, there is always a risk of eye infection with any type of contact lens, so it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

Here are some tips for using monthly contact lenses safely:

•    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your contact lenses.
•    Use a multipurpose contact lens solution to clean and store your lenses each night.
•    Replace your contact lenses every month, even if they don't seem dirty.
•    See your optician for regular checkups.

Are monthly contact lenses soft or hard?

Monthly contact lenses are soft contact lenses. They are made from a flexible material that conforms to the shape of the cornea when properly fitted. Soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contact lens, and they are known for their comfort and moisture retention.

Can I switch from daily to monthly lenses?

Yes, you can switch from daily to monthly lenses. However, it is important to note that you will need to have a new fitting before you can switch. This is because the two types of lenses have different materials and care requirements. Your optician will need to make sure that the new lenses are the right size and shape for your eyes, and that you know how to care for them properly.

Do monthly contacts last 30 days or 30 wears?

Monthly contacts last 30 days, regardless of how many times you wear them. This means that if you only wear your lenses once a week, you still need to replace them after 30 days. The reason for this is that the lenses will still accumulate protein and lipid deposits over time, even if you don't wear them every day. These deposits can irritate your eyes and increase your risk of infection.

So, even if your monthly contacts feel comfortable, it's important to replace them after 30 days to keep your eyes healthy. You can usually find the expiration date on the packaging of your lenses.

Do you remove monthly contact lenses at night?

Yes, you should remove monthly contact lenses at night. This is because your eyes need time to "breathe" overnight. When you wear contact lenses, they block some of the oxygen that your eyes need. If you wear them overnight, your eyes may not get enough oxygen, which can lead to problems such as:

•    Blurred vision
•    Red, irritated eyes
•    Dry eyes
•    Eye infections

Even if you don't experience any problems, it's still a good idea to remove your monthly contact lenses at night to give your eyes a break.

How long can I wear monthly lenses?

Monthly contact lenses should be worn for 30 consecutive days. This means that you should remove them at night and replace them with a new pair after 30 days, even if they still feel comfortable.

There are a few reasons why it's important to replace your monthly contact lenses after 30 days. First, the lenses will start to accumulate protein and lipid deposits over time. These deposits can irritate your eyes and increase your risk of infection. Second, the lenses may start to dry out and become uncomfortable to wear.

If you wear your monthly contact lenses for longer than 30 days, you increase your risk of eye problems. These problems can range from mild discomfort to serious infections.

Is it safe to wear monthly contacts?

Yes, it is safe to wear monthly contacts if you follow the instructions from your eye doctor and the manufacturer of your lenses. However, it is important to remember that all contact lenses can potentially cause eye problems if they are not worn and cared for properly.

Here are some tips for wearing monthly contacts safely:

•    Wear your lenses for the recommended amount of time. Monthly contacts should be worn for 30 consecutive days. If you wear them for longer, you increase your risk of eye problems.
•    Clean and store your lenses properly. Use a contact lens solution that is specifically designed for your lenses. Follow the instructions that come with your solution and your lenses.
•    Don't sleep in your lenses. Sleeping in your lenses can increase your risk of eye infections.
•    See your optician regularly. Have your eyes checked by your optician at least once a year. This will help ensure that your lenses are still the right fit for you and that your eyes are healthy.

If you follow these tips, you can help keep your eyes healthy and safe while wearing monthly contacts.

Here are some of the eye problems that can occur if you wear monthly contacts incorrectly:

•    Infection: This is the most serious complication of wearing contact lenses. Infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Symptoms of an eye infection include redness, irritation, discharge, and blurry vision.
•    Allergic reaction: Some people can have an allergic reaction to the materials used to make contact lenses. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include redness, itching, and swelling.
•    Corneal abrasion: This is a scratch on the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. Corneal abrasions can cause pain, redness, and blurry vision.
•    Keratoconus: This is a condition in which the cornea becomes thin and cone-shaped. Keratoconus can lead to blurry vision and other problems.

If you experience any problems with your eyes while wearing contact lenses, it is important to see your optician right away. They can help you determine the cause of the problem and recommend treatment