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How Often Should You Get New Glasses?

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Eyeglasses are not just a tool for clearer vision. For many, they are also a fashion statement and an essential accessory. However, like any other piece of equipment, eyeglasses need to be updated periodically for optimal vision correction and eye health. 

But how often should you really be getting new glasses? The answer depends on various factors, including changes in prescription, lifestyle changes, general wear and tear, and style updates. 

At Park Slope Eye we bring the latest and greatest in fashion-forward frames and advanced lens tech. Whether you’re into classic styles or looking for something bold and new, we’ve got you covered with the latest on-trend brands.

With every pair of 141 frames you purchase, we donate a pair to someone in need! Plus, our collection is massive, featuring everything from handcrafted Italian AM Eyewear to eco-friendly options by Eco and high-tech lenses by Crizal. We even have luxury picks like Derek Lam and innovative designs from MODO and Phillip Lim.

Changes in Prescription

One of the primary reasons for getting new glasses is a change in prescription. Your eyesight may deteriorate over time, or you may experience a sudden shift in vision. Typically, optometrists recommend getting a new prescription every year, although this can vary based on individual needs.

There’s no such thing as a universal prescription duration. How long your glasses prescription lasts depends on how your eyes are doing, your age, your health history, and a few other factors. 

But generally speaking, in the U.S., most prescriptions are good for at least one year.

It’s essential to visit your eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams to detect any changes in your prescription. 

The Importance of Regular Eye Examinations

It is important not to delay eye exams until symptoms arise. Regular check exams are crucial, even if your current prescription appears to be effective. These exams enable optometrists to detect any subtle changes in your vision that may require an update to the prescription.

Special Considerations for Children & Seniors

Increased frequency of eye exams is particularly important for children and older adults. Due to the rapid development of children’s eyes, it is recommended that they undergo vision screenings at several stages, including infancy, early childhood, preschool, and annually from school age onwards. 

Early detection of conditions such as amblyopia (lazy eye) or myopia (nearsightedness) helps with effective treatment.

For older adults, particularly those over 60, an annual eye exam is recommended. As vision tends to alter more frequently with age, these assessments are critical not only for maintaining optimal vision but also for identifying potential indicators of other eye health issues.

Lifestyle Changes

Your lifestyle can also impact how often you need new glasses. If you spend a significant amount of time in front of screens or engage in activities that strain your eyes, such as reading or driving, you may need to update your glasses more frequently. 

Additionally, if you have a high prescription or certain eye conditions, such as astigmatism or presbyopia, you may require more frequent updates to ensure optimal vision correction.

Wear & Tear

Just like any other accessory, glasses can experience wear and tear over time. Frames may become loose or bent, lenses may develop scratches, and nose pads may wear out. 

These issues can not only affect the comfort and fit of your glasses but also compromise your vision. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, such as discomfort or difficulty seeing clearly, it may be time to invest in a new pair of glasses.

Fashion & Style

While the primary function of glasses is to correct vision, they are also a fashion statement for many people. Trends in eyewear styles and designs change over time, and you may want to update your glasses to reflect your personal style or current fashion trends.

At Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, we’ve got many options to enhance your style, offering protection with Crizal and serving up luxury with Derek Lam. Plus, we’re big on eco-friendly options with Eco and unique, story-telling pieces from Jono Hennessy. 

Finding Clarity in Eyewear Care

How often you should get new glasses depends on various factors, including changes in your prescription, lifestyle, wear and tear, and personal style preferences. 

Regular eye exams with an optometrist are essential for monitoring your eye health and making sure that your glasses provide optimal vision correction. 

Whether you need a new prescription or simply want to update your look, investing in a new pair of glasses can enhance both your vision and your style. Visit Park Slope Eye or schedule an appointment to find your next pair today!


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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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