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How Often Should I Get a New Pair of Glasses?

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Many people wear prescription eyeglasses, they’re a common way to get crisp clear vision if you have a refractive error. And you may be wondering how often you should get a new pair of glasses if you’re a spectacle wearer. Many eye doctors would recommend getting a new pair of glasses at a similar frequency to your comprehensive eye exam, which is every 1 to 2 years.

But there isn’t a standard answer because there are other variables. For example, if your vision hasn’t had any changes since your last eye exam and your eyeglasses are still in good condition, your eye doctor may say it’s okay to stick with your current glasses for a while longer.

You should ultimately follow whatever recommendations your optometrist suggests because they have personal insight into your vision needs and ocular health based on the eye examination.

Reason to Get a New Pair of Glasses

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to when you should replace your eyeglasses. Let’s look at a few reasons you may want to do so.

Vision Changes Over Time

It’s essential to understand that our vision can change over time due to various factors such as aging or medical conditions. If you have been wearing the same pair of glasses for a few years, there is a good chance that your vision may have changed during that period, even though your eyesight might still feel sharp.

Even if you don’t experience any noticeable changes, an eye exam can detect potential eye problems that may require a different prescription. That’s a significant reason that the AAO recommends getting your eyes checked every 1 to 2 years.

Wear & Tear

Glasses tend to wear out and deteriorate over time like any other item, especially if you use them regularly. The constant rubbing and pressure from the frames can cause scratches and chips on the lenses, which can affect your vision and overall comfort level. Plus, the frames can also become loose or damaged, causing discomfort and even falling off your face. So, it’s a good idea to inspect your glasses every few months and replace them if you notice any significant wear and tear.

Style & Fashion

While function should be your top priority, style and fashion play a significant role in choosing a new pair of glasses. Trends change over time, and your glasses should reflect your personal style and personality. If your glasses feel outdated or unappealing, you may be less likely to wear them, which can affect your vision and eye health. So, it’s crucial to choose glasses that complement your face shape, complexion, and personal style.

A close-up of a young couple both wearing a pair of stylish glasses.

Lifestyle Changes

Your lifestyle can also affect the longevity of your glasses. If you’ve recently changed jobs or hobbies, you may need glasses that can handle the new environment. For instance, if you’ve started working on the computer more, you may need glasses with an anti-glare coating or blue light filter to reduce eye strain and fatigue. Or if you’re more physically active or spend time outdoors, you may require glasses that are more durable and can withstand impact or help protect your eyes from the sun.

Cost & Value

Finally, the cost and value of your glasses can also determine how often you replace them. While high-end brands and designer glasses may have a higher price point, they may offer better quality, durability, and style. But it’s important to note that you don’t have to break the bank to get a good pair of glasses. The value of clear and comfortable vision cannot be overstated, regardless of the cost.

Do You Need a New Prescription to Get Glasses?

A prescription is a document that indicates the type and strength of lenses needed to correct a patient’s vision. Without a current prescription, you won’t know if you’re getting the correct lenses and this can lead to further eye strain and other vision problems. So, it’s typically advised to get a new prescription before buying new glasses.

But there are some situations where a new prescription isn’t required. If you’ve recently had an eye exam you can typically use that prescription to purchase new glasses if it’s been less than 2 years. As long as your current prescription falls within that time frame, you should be able to purchase new glasses without needing a new prescription.

Another situation where a new prescription might not be necessary is if you’re purchasing non-corrective glasses. Non-corrective or “fashion” glasses don’t have any prescription because they’re not intended to correct your vision. These glasses are designed purely for aesthetic purposes and to protect your eyes from the sun or other elements. If you’re purchasing non-corrective glasses, you won’t need a prescription to do so.

Come See Us for Your New Glasses

Stop by and see us at 2020 Eyecare Ohio to look through our extensive selection of designer frames and lens options If it’s been less than 2 years since your last exam. But if you need an exam or you’ve noticed changes in your vision give us a call to book an appointment. One of our optometrists can examine your eyes, get you an updated prescription, and walk you through your frame and lens options for your new glasses.

Written by Dr. David Williams O.D.

Dr. David J. Williams is originally from Columbus, OH, but made his initial voyage to Southwest Ohio for his undergraduate studies. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University, then attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He graduated as the recipient of the esteemed Patient Care Excellence Award in recognition for Exceptional Clinical Skills. After graduating, he moved to Cincinnati to begin practicing in private, commercial, and refractive surgical settings. While honing his clinical skills, Dr. Williams discovered a strong passion for business operations and team building that ultimately drove him back to school. He earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance. He utilized these skills to earn awards in practice excellence and service leadership before deciding to venture out and create 2020 Eyecare with Dr. Gibberman. Dr. Williams has a keen interest in specialty contact lens fitting, diagnosing and treating dry eye disease and glaucoma, and co-managing LASIK and PRK. He also enjoys providing comprehensive eye care for a host of diseases and ocular conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, anterior uveitis, and other anterior segment conditions. In his free time, Dr. Williams enjoys spending time with his wife Grace, dog Barrett, golfing, reading non-fiction, watching The Ohio State Buckeyes beat up on other Big Ten Teams, and traveling the world.
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