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How Often Should You Get New Glasses?

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Let’s face it: glasses have become more than just a tool to help us see better. They’ve become a fashion statement, an extension of our personal style, and an accessory that can make or break an outfit. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably lost count of the number of times you’ve been tempted to buy a new pair of frames just because they looked too good to resist.

But amidst the excitement of finding the perfect pair, how often should you really be getting new glasses? It’s a good idea to replace your glasses every 1–2 years, but you should get new glasses whenever you get a new prescription or your glasses get damaged.

Changes in Prescription

A major factor in how often you should get new glasses is the changes in your vision. An eyeglass prescription is a written order from an optometrist or ophthalmologist that specifies the type and amount of correction needed for an individual’s vision. This prescription helps determine the lenses you need to receive clearer vision.

If you’ve noticed a significant shift in your prescription, it might be time to schedule an eye exam and get new glasses. And while this can happen anytime, you can stay ahead of the curve by maintaining regular vision check-ups.

Most optometrists recommend an exam schedule based on your age:

  • 6–17 years: Annually
  • 18–64 years: At least every 2 years
  • 65 and older: Annually

However, we may recommend more frequent checkups if you have certain medical conditions or a family history of eye problems. Your prescription also has an expiry, typically of 1 or 2 years. Some states require a shorter duration, so it’s a good idea to follow up with your eye doctor. This doesn’t mean your vision will change when it expires, but it does mean you can’t use that prescription to buy a new pair of lenses.

On the other hand, even if your prescription is still valid, your visual needs may change over time. It’s not uncommon for people’s eyesight to worsen as they age, and this might require a new prescription, even if the last one was written less than a year ago.

Keep in mind an eyeglass prescription is different from a contact lens prescription. Contact lens prescriptions typically expire faster, as they sit directly on the eye, requiring closer monitoring and regulation.

Wear & Tear

As much as we love our glasses, they go through a lot of wear and tear daily. The most common cause of damage to eyewear is accidental drops or hits. Especially if the glasses are plastic, they might crack or break.

However, don’t panic; it’s not the end of the world. If the damage is minor, you can try temporary fixes, such as taping the glasses with clear tape or using a bit of glue to hold them together. But be careful when using glue; be sure to keep it away from the lenses. It is always best to check in with your optometry office before attempting to fix your frames, as they may be able to help. 

If the damage is severe, you might need an entirely new pair. Occasionally, the lenses could be saved, and some optometrists can help you choose the right frames that suit your face shape, prescription, and budget. These professionals have the necessary equipment and skills to transfer the lenses if possible.

Another common issue that can damage your glasses is scratched lenses. Minor scratches can be repaired using mild abrasives available at most optical stores. However, if the scratch is too big or deep, you should have the lenses replaced.

Your eyewear is measured precisely for your prescription, so damage can affect your vision. For instance, when frames get bent or twisted, they can sit incorrectly and cause discomfort or eye strain, leading to headaches that may affect your daily routine.

When glasses become uncomfortable, it’s a sign that it’s time to visit your optometrist. Don’t wait for your glasses to be completely broken before seeking help. It’s better to have them repaired or replaced sooner rather than later for your own safety and comfort.

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Lifestyle Needs

Your lifestyle can also significantly affect how often you should get new glasses. You could be working a new job that requires eye protection or spending more time outdoors in bright environments.

You can find prescription lenses for more types of glasses than ever before, meaning you don’t have to compromise safety for vision. You can have both!

Changing Your Style

As we mentioned earlier, glasses have become more than just a vision aid—they’re now a fashion accessory that can define your style and make a statement. While you may be all about a good pair of cat-eye frames, style trends come and go.

So, while you’re free to splurge on a new pair of glasses every year based on style changes, stick with frames that flatter yourace shape and complement your personal style over the long run.

Fresh & Trendy Eyewear for All

Ultimately, the decision to get new glasses comes down to one simple factor: how often do you want to change them? Whether for a new prescription, damaged frames, lifestyle changes, a fresh look, or just to treat yourself, there’s no right or wrong answer to this question.

As long as you’re getting your eyes checked regularly so you’re seeing the world clearly, the frequency at which you get new glasses is purely up to you. Getting new glasses should be a fun experience, so swing by The Eye Care Team. Our optical masterminds can help you find what you’re looking for.

And if it’s time to renew that prescription, don’t forget to book your eye exam!

Written by Dr. Daniel Evans

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