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5 Signs You Need New Glasses

Posted Dec 9, 2022 | Eye Health

Why New Glasses Are So Important

Many of us find the perfect pair of eyeglasses and stick with them until.... well, forever, if we can still see with them. But just because you can see out of your glasses doesn’t mean they’re still doing their job, especially if it’s been over two years.

Unlike a pair of pants that don't fit a growing child after a summer, knowing when it's time to update your glasses prescription isn’t always obvious. Vision changes may happen slowly, so if you delay your annual trip to the optometrist, you may not notice how bad your vision has gotten.

How often should you get new glasses? Optometrists recommend seeing your eye doctor every two years to ensure your prescription is up to date. But how do you know if you need an updated prescription before your yearly visit? An obvious sign is blurry vision. However, not all signs are obvious, so keep an eye out — pun intended — for these hints that you need new glasses:  

You squint.

You partly close your eyes and – voilà! – you can see. When you squint, a small, concentrated amount of light is let into your eyes, resulting in better vision. While that gets the job done temporarily, it shouldn't be happening while you're wearing your glasses.

You get headaches.

The extra work your eyes and brain are performing to make up for your old prescription puts tension on your eye muscles. This can cause headaches and eye strain. If you notice more headaches than usual, it may be time for a visit to your eye doctor.

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You haven't had new glasses in years.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends scheduling a comprehensive eye exam every two years since eye health is related to age and overall health. Your eye doctor can even detect early signs of heart disease and diabetes.

You see double.

Usually, this occurs when you see two images of one object, which is an indication that your eyes are not working together to see clearly.

Your glasses are scratched or damaged.

Scratched lenses can make your vision appear blurry, while bent frames can make your glasses sit incorrectly on your face. Both cause issues with the quality of your vision.

Other Reasons to Change Glasses

Sometimes it makes sense to get new glasses even if your current pair are in good shape and you can see well. You may want to switch out frames when:

Your glasses are out of style.

Fashion-forward people might retire last year’s eyeglasses in favor of what’s hot now. There’s nothing wrong with staying on-trend!

You want lenses with different features.

Blue light lenses can help prevent digital eye strain, while photochromic lenses grow dark when exposed to UV light. These are just two types of lens technologies you may want to take advantage of with new glasses.

Think it might be time to update your prescription? Use our Find a Doctor tool to find an eye doctor near you. Or browse glasses on Eyeconic. 

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