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7 Definitive Signs You Need New Specs

For many people who wear glasses, it’s tough to get rid of that old pair you love so much. You’ve had them for so long…they’re part of your personality…people know you by your glasses.

As tough as it is to let go, there comes a time when it just has to be done. So, how can you tell when you should give in and get yourself a new pair of glasses? Read on for seven signs that it may be time.

Are You Getting Headaches?
Even though your vision may seem just fine with your old glasses, out of date prescriptions may cause eye strain – which can lead toheadaches. If you’ve been experiencing an uptick in headaches recently, the best remedy may actually be new glasses.

Are You Squinting?
People squint in order to better focus their eyes and reduce the amount of light entering them. Unless it’s unusually bright, you shouldn’t need to squint if your glasses are working correctly. Squinting could be a sign that you need a new prescription.

Are Your Glasses Scratched?
No matter how careful you are, sometimes it’s just not possible to prevent dings and scuffs. Even if those scratches seem unobtrusive, they could be affecting your vision in ways you aren’t consciously aware of, which could lead to eye strain. If your lenses are scuffed or scratched, your best bet is to get a new pair.

Are You Having Trouble Cleaning Your Glasses?
Some glasses are treated with special coatings, whether for UV protection, scratch resistance, or some other reason. Over time, though, the coating on your glasses can start to break down, leaving a film that makes your glasses difficult to clean or even blurry – which kind of defeats the whole purpose of having glasses.

Are Your Glasses Outdated?
Just as features like UV protection and glare reduction were once a pipe dream, new technologies are constantly being developed to make your glasses better. If your glasses are old, there may be new innovations that can enhance your vision and make the experience of wearing glasses even better.

Are You Out of Fashion?
When it comes to glasses, technology and fashion go hand-in-hand. Newly developed manufacturing techniques and materials are constantly changing fashion – and the affordability of fashion. Many people wear styles they had to settle for because the style they really wanted was too expensive at the time. But what cost a pretty penny years ago may now fit your budget, allowing you to finally get the look you always wanted.

Has It Been a Year?
It is recommended that everyone get a comprehensive eye exam every year. Even if your glasses seem to be working fine, your prescription may need adjustments that only a complete eye exam can reveal. Check the calendar – and then check your eyes.