Do you have new eyeglasses, or have your prescription lenses become foggy, scratched, or damaged over time? If so, it’s time to learn how to take care of your eyeglasses. Your prescription lenses can get dirty from sweat, oils from your skin, and even dust if you don’t clean them often.
Keeping your lenses clean helps prevent dirt and other particles from building up inside. Caring for your lenses prevents grit from scratching the surface of your eyeglasses and damaging their clarity.
Keeping your new frames clean isn’t as hard as you’d think. The proper care will ensure they continue to look their best for years to come. Read on for tips to increase the lifespan of your spectacular specs!
Tips for Frequent Cleaning of Your Glasses
Spritz your new eyeglasses with a cleaning solution before you give them a good wiping. Dust and other particle bits have a higher chance of scratching dry lenses. Never use your breath or spit to moisten your glasses, since breath lacks moisture, and spitting on them might leave nasty bacteria on the glass.
The proper tool for glasses cleaning is a microfiber cloth. Cleaning materials like your clothing, or paper towels, should be avoided due to their abrasiveness. Make it a habit to allow your eyeglasses to air dry.
It may seem inconvenient, but it is the best method for drying your specs. It is an excellent way to keep foreign objects from touching your lenses. If you have limited time and can’t let them air dry, give them a nice, clean, lint-free wipe.
Your lenses will remain in top condition if you wash your eyewear at least once every day. Your eyes will not have to work as hard to see through smudges, grime, and dust. The cleaner your eyeglasses are, the less eye strain you will experience.
Tips for Occasional Cleaning of Your Glasses
When you want to occasionally clean your glasses, rinse them in room temperature water or a tad warmer. Wash the lenses with a mild, lotion-free eyeglass cleaner. Apply a minimal amount to prevent soap residue from remaining on the lenses.
Check for any missed areas after rinsing the lenses to get any soap off of them. If your glasses still appear unclean, repeat the steps.
Use a microfiber, lint-free towel to wipe away most of the water. Set your glasses in a safe location and allow them to air dry.
When you notice some smudginess or spots of dirt, never wipe or clean your glasses without rinsing them first with water before you do anything else. Even the smallest of dust or dirt particles can accumulate on your lens.
If you wipe across a dry lens, the particles may be abrasive and cause scratching. Never use cleansers like Windex since they contain ammonia, which can remove the lens’ coating.
Always Use the Right Kind of Cloth When Wiping Your Glasses
Do not dry your lenses with tissue, paper towels, or napkins! No matter how gentle and soft these materials may seem against your skin, they all have rough surfaces that can scratch your glasses.
Also, don’t use the tail of your shirt either. If the garment doesn’t contain 100% cotton, the fabric fibers will scrape the lens of your eyeglasses over time. Another thing to note is that if the clothing is dirty, the residue may likely get on your glasses.
Grip Your Eyeglasses Firmly When Handling Them
Be sure to grip the part of the frame that crosses the nose bridge to hold your glasses. By doing this, you can avoid bending the frame when cleaning. You can impact your ability to see through your glasses when you have bent them up.
Also, your frames will feel uncomfortable and unpleasant when they are out of shape. Use both hands, with one on each temple arm, to take off and put on your glasses. Doing this promotes proper alignment and reduces changes in how your frames fit over time.
Everyone hates glasses that slip and slide down their nose. When your glasses slide down your nose, avoid forcing them back up by adding too much pressure on the nosepiece.
Store Your Eyewear Properly When You’re Not Wearing Them
How you store your glasses when not in use can affect how long your frame and lenses last. Use a sturdy case that fits your glasses properly. Every time you remove your glasses, put them in this eyeglass holder.
Also, be sure to buy a backup case. The extra case will be handy if your primary eyeglass case is broken or forgotten.
For proper eyeglass care, put your glasses in their case in an upright position with the lenses facing outward. The likelihood of lenses getting scratched increases when they are facing downward. Avoid leaving your eyeglasses in a hot environment, particularly on the dashboard of a car parked in the sun.
The frame may warp due to heat. Avoid placing your glasses near vanities or sinks since they could get splashed with water or come into contact with harsh chemicals.
Never place your glasses in your purse or bag without putting them in a hard case. Your eyeglasses could get damaged or crushed by the bag’s contents.
Also, never set your eyeglass lens down. Doing this will beg for your lenses to get scratched.
Don’t Wear Your Eyeglasses on Your Head
Do your best to avoid putting your prescription glasses up on your head. After all, they are not a headband.
Setting your glasses on your head can stretch the frames because the top of your head is often wider than your face. You might also consider buying an eyeglass cord if you often forget or misplace your eyeglasses.
Is It Time for New Eyeglasses?
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Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority. We will find the most convenient appointment times for you and make necessary adjustments to work around your hectic schedule. Contact us to schedule an appointment for your new eyeglasses, or check out our Blog section for more helpful eye care information.