How Often Do I Need New Glasses?

How Often Do I Need New Glasses?Many of us go for years at a time without considering changing out our glasses because we doggedly believe that we can still see perfectly with our old lenses.

While you may not have noticed or realized it, your old eyeglasses may be working against you, causing undue eyestrain or fatigue.

But how often should we replace our glasses, and why?

Listen to the Advice of Your Optometrist

Your glasses should be replaced when your optometrist recommends that they should be. This usually will occur in tandem with your regular eye exam.

The American Optometric Association recommends that non-senior adults and children over age 6 have regular eye exams a minimum of once every two years if they do not have risk factors for poor vision.

Seniors over age 60 and individuals with risk factors should have an eye exam every year, or more frequently if recommended by their doctor.

During this regular eye exam, you will need to ask your optometrist whether or not you need to replace your glasses with a new pair. Be sure to bring your old glasses with you so that your eye doctor can inspect them for flaws and durability.

There are several reasons why your doctor will recommend that you get new glasses, even if you feel like you can see well with your old glasses.

Subtle Changes

If you are using an outdated prescription, you may be causing yourself undue eyestrain. Our prescriptions change subtly over time, so while you may believe that you’re seeing everything perfectly, you are probably actually having to unconsciously strain your eyes to see adequately.

If you are probably having to try too hard to focus your eyes, which means you need a new prescription for your glasses.

New Technology

Every year, improvements are made in lens design to help offer you the best in vision.

For example, if you work long hours staring at a computer screen, there are lenses which can help to reduce the glare of the screen and reduce your overall eye strain.


You may have done everything you could to prevent damage to your glasses, but it is possible that they still could be scratched or defective in some way.

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