How often do I need to replace my glasses ?


It can be difficult to know exactly when to replace your glasses, especially if they are still intact and in good condition. Most optometrists recommend a change in glasses every one to three years. However, this varies for each individual as there might be various factors that affect when you will need a change in your eyewear:




Wearing an old prescription

Wearing old prescriptions because you think it is still correcting your vision in the right way is a common mistake. This is because wearing glasses that are no longer your correct prescription can have a negative impact on your eyesight. Everyone’s eyes are different and change over time so it’s important to keep your prescription up to date.




How to spot that you may need a new prescription?

We recommend getting an eye test at least every two years. But you might be able to notice a change in eyesight yourself. Do objects seem a little blurry, do you notice that you are having to squint to see what’s in front of you? Perhaps your eyes feel more relaxed once you have taken your glasses off? These are all signs that you are wearing the wrong glasses.




What do our Optometrists recommend?

Adults between the ages of 20-40 usually maintain steady vision, but they still may need updates between these years. As many things do, when you get older your eyes change and develop, hence why we recommend getting your eyes tested regularly. During an eye test, it’s important to bring your current prescription and glasses (if you have them), as then the optometrist can check for visual changes directly against your previous prescription. They may notice that your prescription is slightly higher than it was and recommend a new pair of glasses, or they may see that your prescription hasn’t changed so you won’t need to replace them. Either way, it’s better to have regular eye exams so that you can keep on top of your eye health & vision needs.




How long do glasses last?

If you wear your glasses every day they will most likely have signs of wear and tear after some time. When you have your eye exam, the optometrist will examine your glasses and may recommend a replacement if the damage has made them distorted in any way. The main wear and tear that our optometrists see is scratched lenses. When this occurs it impacts the function of your glasses as it can make it difficult for you to see clearly.


At Jimmy Fairly we offer scratch-resistant coatings which lengthen the life of your glasses a lot!





As with everything else, lens & optometry advances are rapidly being made with exciting updates being introduced all the time! This means that it may be possible to get a new pair of glasses that are customised for you and your daily life. For example, new lenses are now available that serve more than one purpose to your vision such as varifocal lenses. Varifocal lenses provide those with the need for more than one power in their glasses with the convenience of not having to switch their glasses constantly.


Blue Light coating is another technological advancement that is available to apply to every lens. It adds a layer of special coating that filters out blue light that is emitted from laptop screens, mobile phone screens, and even the sun!





At Jimmy Fairly we know that you want to feel your best at all times, and wearing glasses should add to your confidence, not take from it. Our fashion-forward styles are all designed with the wearer in mind, providing excellent quality, comfort and look. Lots of our customers have multiple pairs of glasses - one for the office, one for special occasions, the list goes on!




How do you know when you should replace your sunglasses?

In theory, sunglasses should last longer if they don’t have a prescription because you won’t outgrow them. However, if your sunglasses are noticeably damaged, for example, the coating has started to peel off - it’s time for a new pair! This is especially important in this case because the coating on sunglasses is the UV protective layer that is there to protect your eyes.