Eyeglasses are one of those items that many people seem to latch onto. Once you find that perfect pair, they’re with you until the end – or whenever you lose or step on them. But even if they do survive for years, there comes a time when those glasses could in fact be doing more harm than good. Just like everything, your vision can change over time, which means your glasses should change also.

If you’re unsure about when exactly is the right time for updating your glasses, here’s what you need to know:

Keep Note of Subtle Changes

Over time, your eyes can continue to lose focus, even with your glasses. So the prescription you’re wearing could in fact be too weak to compensate for that vision loss. As a result, you might often find yourself squinting and straining your eyes, even while wearing your glasses. This is a sure sign that it’s time for an update. If you continue to ignore signs like these, you could end up impairing your vision even further.

Frequent Headaches

If you don’t normally experience many headaches, but you suddenly experience them more frequently, this could be a sign that your glasses need to be updated. Sudden headaches are a common sign that your eyes are straining too much in order to try and focus.

Improved Technology

Despite the upgrade to your prescription, new and improved advances in technology are improving the quality of vision enhancement each year. These advancements to glass lenses can benefit your vision in countless ways that old technology and designs simply cannot. For example, there are specifically tailored glasses for individual problems, such as staring at computer screens all day, or needing protective glasses for sports. Improved technology can reduce the glare of those screens or the danger of these situations while providing your eyes with a much easier and superior quality of vision.

Listen to Your Eye Doctor

It’s important to always listen and follow the instructions provided by your eye doctor. They can assess and monitor the quality of your vision against the prescription of your glasses. And once they instruct you that your glasses are no longer benefiting your vision, it’s time for a new pair!

Your vision is something that should never be taken for granted. Always pay attention to these signs, and listen to your optometrists’ recommendations when they tell you it’s time for a new pair of glasses.

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