Think about your wardrobe; you own at least two pairs of every piece of attire. You more than likely own at least two pairs of shoes, two pairs of pants, more than two shirts, etc. Therefore, why should owning more than one pair of glasses be any different? The fact is, nowadays, we need different kinds of eyeglasses for different occasions because eyeglasses aren’t necessarily a one-pair-suits-all accessory. Here are four important reasons you should own at least three different pairs of glasses:

Accidents Happen and You May Break or Lose Them

Accidents occur, and when they do happen its best to be prepared. Say, for example, you’re out of town or on a camping trip away from the city life, and you break or misplace your eyeglasses. It’s not as if eyeglasses are simply a choice for most people; individuals rely on their eyeglasses for several purposes (which is discussed in our next point) and being prepared for accidents is the best possible way to avoid challenging scenarios.

The need for children to own at least three pairs of glasses seems to be more of a necessity than an option. Children are exciting, rambunctious, curious and adventurous beings, and despite all the warnings and cautions you give them, they won’t stop being kids. Children make up for a great deal of eyeglasses repairs/replacements; bent frames, missing lens, or completely misplaced eyeglasses are keeping opticians occupied across British Columbia. In most cases, children with eyeglasses are also not prescribed eyewear if they do not seriously depend on them to function in school. Unfortunately, prescribed eyewear can take up to a week to produce, which in the meantime, can be a massive disadvantage to a child while trying to learn at school. By ordering multiple sets of glasses for your child, you will be well-prepared for accidents/misplacements, and it will ensure your child’s learning remains unimpeded.

The Need to See

As previously mentioned, prescribed eyeglasses are not simply a stylistic decision. Instead, they serve as a necessity for individuals with poor or affected eyesight. Eyeglasses are often prescribed to individuals that require them for a multitude of purposes often divided into two separate categories: nearsightedness (myopia), or farsightedness (hyperopia).

Signs of nearsightedness/myopia include:

  • Excessive squinting to see an object or person
  • Objects far in the distance appear blurry or cloudy
  • Struggle focusing your vision while driving your vehicle at night


Signs of farsightedness/hyperopia include:

  • Difficulty navigating your phone
  • Difficulty focusing on a book/magazine/newspaper
  • Chronic headaches after focusing on something up close for so long

Unique lenses are an important reason to own multiple pairs of glasses as they serve unique needs. For example, an individual with poor overall eyesight may use the progressive lens as an alternative to bifocals which can only provide you with two different sightlines. Progressive lenses are designed with no line through the middle of the glass and provide seamless transitions from near vision, intermediate vision and distant vision. These lenses are great when coupled with another pair of specially designed glasses such as polarized sunglasses which will prevent the sun from interfering with you as you drive or a pair of glasses just for reading books or browsing your phone.

Stylistic Preferences

The way you style your hair says a lot about who you are, the way you dress says a lot about who you are, and the fashion decisions you make with your glasses will convey your personality to the world. Glasses aren’t just to help you see, they’re a way to help you express yourself and your charisma. You may not wish to wear the same pair of eyeglasses out to every event that you attend. The glasses you wear to work may not be the glasses you want to wear to dinner, the movies, a job interview or a date. Black, brown or grey glasses are perfect neutral colours that will help you look cool & sophisticated at family gatherings. If you wish to stand out a little more and express yourself more vividly, a bright pair of glasses which could include white, yellow or blue frames are a great choice. The choice is ultimately yours when it comes down to your fashion decisions which is what makes it so grand; with a world of colours and patterns at your disposal, you can’t afford to own just one pair of eyeglasses.


Living is busy, and because we are always on the move, running errands, completing chores, partaking in activities and embracing all that life has to offer, you should own glasses that adapt with your lifestyle. Your eyeglasses should change based on the activities you’re undertaking because, without your ability to see, it will be hard to enjoy any physical activity. If you’re playing a contact sport such as football, hockey or soccer, specialty goggles with your prescription may be best for you. Winter activities including snowboarding, downhill skiing, skating, cross country skiing or even building a snowman or partaking in a snowball fight, may require the use of a shield to prevent damage to your eyes or your glasses. If you are doing home renovations, yard work, or construction work you may want to invest in impact-resistant lenses.

Our eyesight needs to be taken care of adequately. We only get one set of eyes, and if we do not take efficient care of them, we will miss out on all that life has to offer. Even if you break or mismanage your glasses, having spares will ensure you do not suffer from headaches or migraines from eye strain. Don’t be afraid to be fashionable and spruce things up occasionally; standard looking glasses are great, but cool coloured ones stand out, and it’s always those that stand out that are most remembered. I hope after reading this blog, you will understand why you should have at least three pairs of eyeglasses. Feel free to browse a wide selection of frames offered at Great Glasses.