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When to Replace Your Sunglasses

There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite pair of sunglasses or prescription sunglasses, but just know that there will come a time when you have to say goodbye. Sunglasses only have a limited amount of time to offer their full UV protection. Be aware of the signs for when to replace your sunglasses.

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How Often You Should Get New Sunglasses

How frequently you should replace your sunglasses depends on different factors. You must consider how often you wear them in sunlight and the strength of the UV radiation exposure. For most people, two years is the recommended amount of time to keep a pair of sunglasses. If you wear them every day and are exposed to strong UV radiation, you will need to trade them out a little sooner.

Signs You Need New Sunglasses

  • Scratched Lens Coating:
    Sunglass lenses have a protective coating of dyes and pigments that absorb UV radiation. Over time, this coating can break down. Any scratches or damage to the lenses affect the outer coating and therefore, the UV protection.
  • Faded Lens Coating:
    The dyes and pigments that make up the protective coating on your sunglasses are designed to absorb the radiation from the sun. However, they can’t absorb forever. The more you wear them, the less radiation they will be able to absorb.
  • New Technology:
    Technology is forever changing and advancing. Improvements are constantly being made to sunglass frames and lenses. Don’t be afraid to try different types of lenses for your sunglasses.
  • Out of Style:
    Different types of frames can go in and out of style. If you are the type that likes to stay on top of the latest fashion trends, you will want to trade in your sunglasses for new styles.

With America's Best's large selection of customizable sunglasses, you will be able to frequently replace your sun style without breaking the bank.

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