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How long is a prescription for sports eyewear valid?

Protecting your eyes while you are active is something you will be more likely to do if you consider it a way to enhance your performance.  Whether you're skiing, playing tennis, or on the field, you need a pair of prescription sports eyewear that can keep pace with your lifestyle.

However, how often should you replace those glasses? Are you supposed to get a new prescription every year? Every two years? Or every time your favorite team loses the championship? 

Just like any prescription medication, your eyewear prescription has an expiration date and you may be wondering what that’s all about.

Prescriptions are valid for one or two years

Typically, a prescription for sports eyewear is valid for two years from the date it was issued. However, it's important to note that some states or eye care professionals may have a different policy and may require a new prescription more frequently, especially if there has been a change in your visual acuity or if there is a medical issue that could affect your eyesight. To maintain eye health, it's best to regularly check with your eye care professional for their specific policy and recommendations.

Check your prescription's expiration date

The expiration date should appear on the prescription. If you are not certain of your current prescription, check back with your eye care practitioner. The first step in ordering replacement sports eyewear online is to verify your prescription.

Eyewear retailers and websites that sell corrective lenses will only accept valid prescriptions.

How can you tell if your vision prescription has changed?

Even if your prescription hasn't expired, it is possible that your vision has changed and you need a new eyeglass prescription. Your eyes can change over time and common signs of vision problems include headaches, eye strain, squinting to resolve details, and double vision.

If you experience any of these issues, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor and get your vision checked. Annual eye exams are important for maintaining healthy vision.


At Rec Specs, we make it easy for you to update your prescription and order a new pair of sports eyewear. All you have to do is choose a frame that matches your personal preferences, take a picture of the updated prescription from your optometrist, and upload the image. Our team will take care of the rest. Click here to start shopping or start a live chat with expert Outfitters from the ‘chat’ icon.

You can also use our easy at-home try on process to test out our sports glasses and goggles from the comfort of your home. Click here to get started building your kit for FREE. Don’t forget – we also offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on your purchase!

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