Some things get better with age: wine, cheese, cast iron skillets, and whiskey. Unfortunately, your eyeglasses do not age as well. As time passes wear and tear take a toll on your glasses. Hinges wear out, joints weaken and small scratches appear on both your frame and lenses. Are there valid reasons other than simply wanting something new and different for replacing your glasses when they still seem to work in spite of their signs of aging?
Obviously, if your vision has changed, your lens prescription needs to change as well. Sometimes you can change the lens without changing the frames, but not always. If you bought a pair of readymade reading glasses, you will need to replace the entire pair of glasses. Sometimes, even with frames that have removable lenses, you will need to buy a new pair of glasses with a prescription change. This often occurs if you have had glasses designed to correct only your distance vision, but now you need help with your near vision, too. Multifocal lenses may require a larger frame size than your single vision lenses did in order to accommodate the progressive change of power through the lens.
If your frame has weakened significantly over time it may be at risk of breaking when inserting the new lenses. Our skilled opticians will be able to advise you on whether your frame and new prescription are compatible.
If you are holding on to a pair of frames that dates from, say, the 1990’s, you need to replace them. The fashion trends have changed, and while vintage is in, the shapes and sizes are altered enough to have a modern take on them. If you wear frames that are outdated, you are dating yourself and automatically aging yourself. If you are hesitant about buying a new pair of frames, take someone whose opinion you trust with you to the eye care clinic and try on several different pairs. You may be surprised at the difference an updated look makes!
Perhaps you like your frames and don’t need a new prescription, but you are constantly adjusting them or taking them in to be adjusted. Unfortunately, this can mean that you should probably get new glasses. Screws can become stripped, the frames can warp or bend out of shape, and everything just stops holding as tightly. Consider buying a new pair of glasses before yours break or stop holding adjustments altogether.
When your glasses become constantly uncomfortable, and adjustments don’t help, you ought to replace them. Maybe you gained or lost a lot of weight and your glasses just don’t fit well anymore, or perhaps they seemed okay when you first bought them but are now giving you a lot of headaches or irritating your skin. A new pair of frames that fits well and feels comfortable will seem to give you a new lease on life – no more stress about keeping them from falling off your nose or trying to prevent discomfort while wearing them!
Here at Uptown Eye Care, we have a large selection of stylish glasses for men, women, and children to try on and choose from. Come on in and let one of our trained opticians help you find the pair that is just right for you, from fit to style! We also offer adjustments for your current pair of glasses.