If you wear glasses or contacts, do you know how frequently you need to replace them? The answer can vary, but it is extremely important to recognize specific signs that can indicate a change in your vision or ocular health and the need to update your eyewear. Waiting too long to replace your prescription can lead to even more unwanted vision and ocular health problems.
Learn just how frequently you need to replace your glasses or your contact lenses so your eyes remain healthy and your vision is as sharp as possible.
When it comes to updating your glasses, there is no hard rule on when is the right time, as it is often dependent on the patient’s symptoms. Factors such as your health, lifestyle, and age can ultimately impact the replacement timeline.
To get a better understanding of when it’s time to replace your glasses, check out the list of signs below. If you’re experiencing any of these, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your optometrist.
Remember that your glasses are an integral part of your appearance, and frame styles change over time. We want to make sure you look, see, and feel your best. Your optometrist and optician are your greatest resources for helping you make the decision on when is the right the time to replace your glasses, for you.
Like glasses, your contact lens prescription can change depending on lifestyle and visual and ocular demands. However, because contact lenses sit directly over your eye, there are some other factors to consider.
Your contact lens prescription consists of not only the strength, but also the specific brand or type of contact lens.There are unique profiles and materials used in each type of contact lens brand and each contact lens is approved by the FDA with certain guidelines for use. These guidelines are determined by scientific studies on the safety and efficacy of each lens brand.
When a contact lens is approved for monthly replacement and daily wear, for example, it means that studies have shown that this contact lens is proven to be safe for up to a month’s time and to be worn during waking hours only. For your eyes to remain healthy and comfortable in contacts, it is imperative that you follow the guidelines for your specific lenses prescribed by your doctor.
Check out some signs it may be time to update your contact lenses below.
When you see your optometrist for your annual contact lens evaluation, your doctor will review your goals for contact lens use, as well as past experience with contacts, to determine what type of lens is right for your needs. Be sure to discuss the wearing schedule that is healthiest for your eyes and appropriate for the contact lenses you are prescribed. Most importantly, follow the recommended wearing schedule to maintain proper ocular health and avoid infection and other contact lens-related issues.
Contact lenses are a covered expense in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) so you can order replacements or an additional supply when you need them. Visit our online store to purchase your contact lenses now.
Regular eye exams are recommended not only to determine visual status but also to monitor ocular health. Even when you feel happy with your quality of vision, be sure to see your optometrist on a regular basis to keep your eyes at their healthiest and seeing their best!
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