Glasses FAQ

I have to hold things at arms length to read properly – what does this mean?

Our eyes change over time and this may mean that you need reading glasses or varifocals. Your Optician will be able to test your eyes and advise you of the best solution for your eye sight needs.

How often do I need to get a new pair of glasses?

One of the most common questions we get asked at Scrivens is: “How often should I get new glasses?” Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this question.

Some people may have to change their prescription frequently, whereas others may not need to for many years. Your optometrist is the best person to make a judgement as to whether your glasses need changing.

You may feel like you can see perfectly with your current glasses, but your old lenses may be working against you. Even if you aren’t noticing any problems, it’s important to have your eyes tested and glasses checked regularly.

If you wear glasses, you need to have an eye test at least every two years to allow your optometrist to assess your vision. They will take certain factors into account and provide you with the best options.

Factors such as damage to the lens, age, eye health and improvements in technology all make a difference when it comes to updating your glasses.  If you are using an outdated prescription, your glasses may be causing eye strain, which can lead to headaches and migraines.

In addition, technology is constantly evolving and in the two years between recommended eye tests, there may have been improvements to lenses that will benefit you and provide you with a greater level of vision.

Optometrists recommend that adults over 16 years of age have their eyes tested every two years and those over 70 once a year. Children should also have their eyes tested annually.

For more information on eye tests, click here.

My glasses don’t fit as well as they used to, what can I do?

Some glasses may become loose over time; if you take your glasses to your local store they may be able to tighten them for you.

Is it true that wearing glasses can make my eye sight worse?

No, wearing glasses doesn’t not make your eye sight worse. In fact, it will reduce eye strain and any headaches caused by straining to see. Studies have also shown that correcting eye sight, with glasses or contact lenses, can actually have a positive affect on a child’s eye sight.

What does AR coating mean?

AR stands for Anti-Reflection. An Anti-Reflection coating helps stop glare, so is ideal for driving and computer use. They also make the lenses appear clearer to others, so they can see your eyes and not reflections on the lenses.

Can I get sunglasses with prescription lenses?

Yes, all our sunglasses can be made to your prescription. You can also have any frame you like tinted to create sunglasses.

What frame will look best on me?

When choosing the right frame for you, you should take into account your face shape and the style that you want. Our Guide to Buying Glasses has some pointers that will help you. Our staff are trained in frame styling and will be happy to help you choose the best frame for you.

What happens if I break my glasses?

Depending on the damage, we may be able to repair your glasses. You can simply pop in to any Scrivens Opticians store and our staff will help you. If you’re covered by our Spectacle Replacement Scheme and your glasses are beyond repair, you can get a replacement pair for just 10% of the purchase price.