1) You Can’t See Well
The most important sign you need new glasses is when your prescription is no longer strong enough to see properly. Whether you’re squinting more or need to hold that menu a mile away, what good are glasses if they’re not helping your vision?
Of course, it’s not always easy to tell that your lenses have outlived their usefulness. Your eyes don’t get weaker overnight, so the problem slowly, almost imperceptibly develops over time. Even when people do recognize the problem, many simply deal with glasses that are “good enough”, or they don’t want to pay for a new pair. The problem is poor vision can effect everything from your ability to perform at work, to your safety on the road. So, when you can’t see well out of your glasses, it’s time for a new pair.
2) They’re Falling Apart
Metal and plastic glasses both wear out over time. This happens in different ways. While metal glasses are generally more durable, the everyday on-and-off can wear out the hinges and bend the arms — this also happens if you perch your glasses on your head, too. If your glasses are starting to slide off of your face, you can take them to the optometrist and have them bent back into the right position. However, this can only be done so many times until the material is too brittle to move anymore, and at that point it’s time for new frames.
Plastic glasses also bend and wear out over time in the same way metal can. But, plastic is also more prone to corrosion and degradation. The nature oils in your face can eat away at the plastic over time, and sun exposure can also cause the material to become brittle. Metal can also degrade over time, though this is generally less of a problem than with plastic. The last thing you want is for your glasses to snap when you’re on the go, so if you suspect they’re not as strong as they once were, go get a new frame before you have a bigger problem on your hands!
3) Your Lenses Are Scratched
Lenses are much more durable and resistant to everyday scratches than they once were. However, repeated wear over time can cause these marks to occur, especially because instead of reaching for a microfiber cloth and specially-formulated lens solution, we clean our specs with the end of our shirt, or a paper towel and some dish soap. These kinds of materials are far too rough for your lenses, especially when you think how hard some of us rub to get those spots out. If you’re not gently wiping your lenses with the proper materials, you will get scratches, you will not be able to see properly, and you’ll be bending your frames out of shape. So, if your lenses are damaged, it’s definitely time for a new pair.So, how are your glasses holding up? If any — or all — of these problems are popping up with your specs, it’s time to call your optometrist and make an appointment. Your glasses are meant to improve your vision, so if they’re no longer serving that purpose, it’s simply time for a new pair. After all, your vision is one thing you don’t want to compromise on, so do yourself a favor and make that call when it’s time.