The American Optometric Association revealed that adults from the age of 19 to 40 years tend to maintain steady vision, whether they require a prescription or not. However, it doesn’t mean a new pair of glasses isn’t needed; it’s still recommended that adults should have an eye exam done at least once a year or once every two years, because as they age, their vision slowly deteriorates.
So, how often should you get new glasses? You may feel like it’s an unnecessary expense, but there are certain factors that may indicate it’s time to switch to a new one. Here’s what you need to look out for:
Wear and Tear
Your current pair of glasses may have experienced wear and tear that naturally distorts them. When your glasses have been distorted, their clarity and function have been reduced. If this is the case, you’ll need to update to new glasses to have clarity in your lenses. Damage such as scratches on your glasses are permanent and could also impact its function, as these small marks on your lenses make it difficult to see.
You’re Squinting and Having Headaches
When you squint, a small and concentrated amount of light is let into your eyes to get a better vision. While this seems like a temporary solution to your vision problems, it shouldn’t be happening while you’re wearing your glasses. This extra work on your eyes and brain to make up for your old prescription puts tension on your eye muscles, which can cause headaches and eye strain. If you seem to notice more headaches than usual, it may be time to visit your trusted eye doctor.
You Need a Stronger Prescription
In an eye exam, your optometrist will determine if there has been any subtle change to your vision and whether or not you need to switch to new glasses. Any changes to our vision might mean that you need to get new glasses with a stronger prescription. It’s also possible that the results from your eye exam show there haven’t been any slight changes to your vision, but it’s still important to ask your optometrist if you need to change out your current glasses for new ones.
When you need specially made eyeglasses, make an appointment with Nova Vision Center. Contact us at (703) 578-3600 or through our convenient online form. We serve Falls Church, Arlington, and neighboring VA areas.