While eyeglasses are a more permanent solution to vision correction than contact lenses, your glasses should still be updated every 1 to 3 years as needed. If you’re contemplating purchasing a new pair of prescription eyeglasses to replace your current pair; read our glasses replacement guide below for advice on when you should or shouldn’t replace your old pair and why new glasses may help to improve your vision.
1. Your eyeglasses don’t give you the clarity of vision that they used to
As your eyes age your vision changes and your old prescription may not be adequate anymore. If your lenses are no longer giving you the same level of clarity they used to you should schedule an eye exam to see if your prescription strength needs to be altered. Blurry vision can lead to eyestrain, headaches and a quicker deterioration of your vision. On occasion blurry vision can also be the result of other general health problems not directly related to your eyes.
2. Your lenses are scratched and distorted
Even with proper care, lenses inevitably become scratched and distorted due to natural wear and tear. These optical flaws decrease clarity, increase distraction, and can even be noticeable when others are looking at your glasses.
3. Your frames are outdated, and possibly make you look older than you are
Old glasses are not to be mistaken for retro glasses. If you’re wearing outdated over-sized glasses not only are they likely to be flawed optically, but they may even make you look older. While retro and vintage fashions are trendy right now, wearing glasses from the 1990’s is a good way to look like you’re stuck in the 90’s, but not in a fashionable way. Updating to a more modern frame doesn’t have to be expensive, and new eyeglass frames can shed years from your appearance.
4. Your old glasses are uncomfortable on your face
Most individuals who have uncomfortable eye glasses are quick to ditch their old pair in favor of a better-fit and more recent style. Uncomfortable glasses are not only irritating to wear, but they may even lead to headaches and extra tension.
5. Excess glare makes vision difficult during day or night
While glare may not result in direct discomfort, not being able to see due to reflecting light can be quite irritating. More importantly, glare can be a hazard for those who need their glasses for nighttime driving as streetlights can distract and distort the driver’s vision from the road. Most glasses these days feature an anti-reflective coating which prevents excess glare during both the day and night.