It is inevitable that any pair of prescription lenses will need to be replaced over time. It doesn’t matter if it’s due to scratches, breaking or chipping, general wear and tear on the frame, or simply losing their use as vision adjustments, they just don’t last forever.
Most people choose to go to their local retailer and find a new pair of frames, update their prescription, and wait a few weeks to get their new glasses. These new glasses cost an average of $173, not even mentioning the prescription update. This is a purchase made, on average, every 1 to 3 years.
The alternative to new glasses
There is, however, an alternative route to this process, which may be cheaper, easier, and faster. Most spectacle frames will survive the lenses inside, for these cases it may be important to consider replacement lenses. Replacement lenses take any pair of frames and put a whole new set of lenses inside.
This is especially useful for those who have a more unique pair of frames, those who love antique and vintage frames but need new lenses, those who want a slightly more affordable alternative to completely new glasses, and those who want multiple pairs or styles to choose from.
When looking at the market for lenses, and specifically replacement lenses, there are many options that have not existed in the past. In addition to average single vision lenses, there are bifocal and trifocal lenses that people with particularly poor eyesight can use. A more modern alternative are also progressive lenses, lenses that have multiple prescriptions but with less severe cuts like bi or trifocal lenses.
You have lens options
While most lenses today are made of plastic, it is important to know that this is not the only option. Glass lenses are much less likely to scratch and provide the clearest vision, but tend to shatter completely and are heavy. Polycarbonate lenses are 100% UV resistant, shatterproof and lightweight, but tend to scratch easily and are a bit more expensive.
Finally, there are many tinted glasses that have become more common today. Pink lenses help with depth perception and reduce migraines, brown reduces eye fatigue in bright light, yellow and orange help with contrast in low light settings, and gray reduces eye fatigue and can partially act as sunglasses.
These are just a few of the different lens adjustments that one may consider adding when ordering a new pair of lenses, replacement or not. And even beyond these, there are also lens coatings. Certain lens coatings, things like scratch resistance and UV protection can be seen on most lenses today. Although others like fog resistance, reflection resistance, and blue light resistance are newer options that can come in very handy at a slight price increase.
All this to say that there are plenty of options for anyone planning to buy a new pair of glasses in the near future. It doesn’t matter if that means a new pair of frames as well as lenses, replacing an old pair of frames, adding a bunch of new features to the lenses, or just keeping them as basic as possible. There is more freedom than ever in the eyewear market.