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7 Reasons You Need A Backup Pair Of Glasses

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Four pairs of eyeglasses set out with a woman's hand reaching out holding one of the pairs.

Accidents can and will happen so if you lose or break your glasses, having a spare will make sure your  vision is never compromised.  

Contact lens wearer? Eye irritation is common when it comes to contacts, so make sure you have  glasses with your current prescription handy for when your eyes need a break. If you have any eye  infection or if you lose a lens, glasses can be a vision saver.  

A close up of a woman's hand. She is holding out a contact lens with her index finger and folded pair of eyeglasses with her pinky finger.

Sun protection is important and having a pair of sunglasses with your prescription enables you to  protect your eyes from UV rays without sacrificing your sight or style. If you are a contact lens wearer  you should protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes with a pair of optical quality sunglasses. 

Many people are affected by night blindness. There are various factors that can be attributed to night  blindness, but the best way to know for sure is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Thankfully, there  are lenses that help ease night blindness symptoms. Lenses with anti-reflective coating can help reduce  glare and prevent excessive smudging or scratching, which helps with driving at night. If you struggle to  see at night, having an extra pair specifically for low lighting is the best safety move.

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Switch up your look! Glasses these days have a wide variety of style, color, and shape so that you can  stand out in any outfit. If you have a pair of tried and true frames, your second pair can be a bit more  fun to mix up your look for a special occasion. Glasses are just one more way to express your  individuality. 

A pair of pink and blue eyeglasses are folded on a table leaning against a coffee mug.

Sometimes, you need different glasses for different needs. If you find yourself in front of a screen for  extended periods of time for work consider computer glasses to protect your eyes from digital eye  strain. Studies have shown when staring at computer or phone screens, we tend to blink less which can lead to dry eye symptoms. Also, the amount of blue light we expose our eyes to can interrupt our  circadian rhythm causing restless sleep. 

A man wearing glasses sitting at a desk looking at his laptop computer.

Struggling to read smaller print? Having a pair of readers for when you settle in to read a book or if you  need to peruse a menu with tiny print can be super helpful. Unlike bifocals and progressive lenses that  have various focal lengths, readers can help reduce eye strain for anything that you need to focus on up  close. 

A pair of leopard print eyeglasses folded and sitting on top of an open book on a desk.

If you enjoy being active or playing on sports teams, then your regular everyday glasses simply aren’t an  option. Active eyewear can differ greatly from regular, everyday glasses. Most sports glasses are  shatter, scratch, and UV resistant. You can also select frames that are more likely to stay on your face  during vigorous activity. 

A pair of black sports sunglasses

A backup pair of glasses is an insurance policy 

Let’s circle back to the beginning — accidents happen. Having a backup pair of glasses is like  having an insurance policy in case you break or lose your glasses. And remember that one pair  can’t do it all; your glasses will never provide the same vision that your eyes once did. Investing  in a second pair of task specific glasses that suit your lifestyle is a smart decision. Need A Pair And A Spare? Book an appointment today!

Written by LMC Optometry & Eye Care

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