You will be surprised to know that in Australia, about 150,000 to 180,000 pairs of eyeglasses are being sold each week! Yes, you read it right. Each week! Why the need to buy so many eyeglasses? There are several factors affecting this demand. One, Australia has an ageing population. As we age, we are more likely to have some vision challenges hence, the need for prescription eyeglasses. Second, the wide use of smartphones and other hand-held smart devices lead to more people developing myopia or near-sightedness. For myopia, eyeglasses are a top choice for correction. All in all, it is said that almost half of Australians use specks and every now and then, users will need to get a new pair. But how can you tell if it is really time for a replacement? Keep an eye on these signs!
1. You are having trouble with some activities and tasks
It may look like you can see just fine with your eyeglasses but if you are having trouble with doing simple tasks like using the computer, driving, and writing, then it could be a sign that your visual acuity might be changing. Visual acuity is the sharpness of your vision. You need to have this checked by an optometrist right away for a comparison of what is needed to be changed in your current pair.
2. Damaged eyeglasses
You don’t have to stick to an old and damaged pair of eyeglasses. If you think you are saving more money this way, it is the opposite. There are factors like wear and tear or accidents but any damage means it may have already compromised your eyeglasses’ ability to perform its function which is correction. Remember that eyeglasses are aimed to assist you with your vision or correct an eye problem so you need to make sure that it is in top condition all the time. You can visit your optometrist for a repair but if there are any recommendations for it to be replaced, then heed their advice.
3. Unusual changes in vision, headaches, pain and discomfort
Beware of the symptoms mentioned above. These could be an indication of an underlying eye problem and the soonest that you go and have your eyes examined, the better chance you have of avoiding a more serious case. Wearing eyeglasses is not an assurance that you will be safe. Our vision changes due to many factors and so your current pair may not be designed for the condition that your eyes are in now. Prevention is always better than cure.
4. Change in lifestyle
Have you had a recent change in your lifestyle lately? Are you now spending most of your time outdoors? Then you might need to shift to using polarised lenses to reduce glare. What about staying indoors? It might be time to use occupational lenses. Being in different environments, in different conditions, whilst engaging in a new activity which is not like your old ones should prompt you to visit your optometrist for advice if you need new eyeglasses.
5. New style and new technology
Technology and fashion have a huge influence on the production and release of new eyeglasses. If you are a prescription lens wearer and is eager to try out a new one that interests you then it is best to seek advice from your optometrist first. Your eye care needs should be the main priority and the eyeglasses that you are wearing should focus on them. Your prescription is what you need to follow. So, if a new design is able to match your prescription then that is good. If it defeats the purpose of correcting a vision problem then don’t risk it. Always follow your prescription.
We are curious to know, how many eyeglasses have you had already since you started using one? Share your comment below. Also, did any of the signs above strike a chord? If you are considering getting a new pair then come over to our shop for a quick consultation.
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