When it comes to eyewear the answer is yes. A new frame and lenses can be a big financial commitment, especially if the change in prescription seems minimal and that old frame is still in one piece. Asking the right questions of your doctor and optician can help you make the right choice and feel good about the investment in your vision.

Lens technology is improving every year creating thinner, lighter more comfortable materials that do not compromise optical quality. Adding an anti-reflective coating that includes a scratch warranty not only improves the image you see, especially while driving at night, but guarantees replacement for damage if the coating fails. The cost of these coatings is usually in proportion to the length of the warranty, either one or two years, but sometimes for the lifetime of the lens. So you get what you pay for.

If you are a progressive lens wearer, ask your eye care professional about the latest advancements in digitally surfaced lenses. They should be able to tell you about the optimized sharpness for your specific prescription and wider fields of clarity these lenses provide. Here again, the cost may be more but usually includes a premium coating.

As for that old frame you are thinking about reusing for your new lenses, will it be under warranty if something happens to it in the next year?

Will replacement parts be available from the manufacturer? Factor in the cost of maintaining or replacing it while looking at the price of a new frame. Ask about the warranty and try on some of the latest styles. If you are hesitant to seek fashion advice from the optician, bring along a friend or loved one. It can be fun and pleasantly surprising to discover what others really think looks good on you. Don’t be afraid to move forward with the times.


Author: Dr. Timothy Bauer

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