Should You Replace Old Eyeglasses

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.

5 Reasons to Replace Your Old Glasses

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 Your frames are outdated, and possibly make you look older than you are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 If you're wearing outdated over-sized glasses not only are they likely to be flawed optically, but they may even make you look older.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.

5 Reasons to Update to Newer Frames

1. New glasses will look more modern and trendy than old glasses

Not everyone is a fashionista, but staying up-to-date and looking modern is important not only for your social life and personal image, but also in your career and life goals.

2. New eyeglass lenses are made with superior technology

Lenses these days come with a wide array of options, features and attributes, and can be custom designed to fit your specific needs. Aspheric lens technology can make lenses smaller and lighter, and even correct vision more accurately. Anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings improve durability and reduce glare.

3. You need new glasses for a change in lifestyle

It's not uncommon for people to need new glasses in order to fit into a new facet of their lifestyle. Athletes may have a difficult time playing sports without sport-specific glasses. Some individuals may need more conservatively styled glasses for a new job. Regardless of what your lifestyle change may be, it's important to wear the right eyeglasses for the task.

4. You want a second frame style for different occasions

Sometimes you may not need to replace your existing glasses, but instead would greatly benefit from a pair of glasses for more formal events or activities. Or perhaps, you want purchase a pair of funk retro glasses to match your new favorite eclectic outfit. Some eyeglass wearers might just want an inexpensive pair of back-up glasses for use during certain activities so that they don't risk breaking their expensive everyday eyeglasses. The reasons are endless and many everyday eyeglass wearers find it hard to live without at least two pairs of eyeglasses.

5. You want a pair of eyeglasses for when you're not wearing contact lenses.

With more people wearing contact lenses every day, there are less people who regularly wear prescription eyeglasses on a daily basis. Despite this, some people find that it's convenient to have a less expensive pair of glasses for times when they don't want to deal with the hassle of wearing contacts, such as before they get ready in the morning, or during days that they only want to lounge around the house. Also, some doctors specifically want their patients to only wear contact lenses during their work hours due to high prescriptions and contact lenses that are not breathable.

Overall, if any of the above reasons apply to you, it may be time to replace your old eyeglasses. Replacing your old pair of glasses also gives you the opportunity to give back and recycle your old eyeglasses in order to help those who are in need. Organizations such as the lion's club and many different eye doctor offices regularly re-distribute donated glasses to the impoverished who would otherwise be placed at a significant disadvantage due to lack of vision correction.

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