Close your eyes and think back to when you were in elementary school. You packed your lunch in a metal Transformers lunchbox, Red Rover was your favorite game to play at recess, and you were constantly trying to “lose” those glasses your mom insisted you wear. Whether it was because kids called you “Four Eyes” or because your glasses became a hazard whenever you wanted to play dodgeball, you took every opportunity you could to ditch them. These days, you’re probably more grateful for your spectacles than embarrassed by them like you were back then. Now that you’re older, and dare we say more mature, you’ve moved past shoving them into the bottom of your book bag and giving them a nice spit shine when they get a little dirty. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips to help keep your glasses looking, and more importantly, working like they should.
“Wipe” Right on Proper Cleaning
When the lenses of your glasses get a little dusty or dirty, it might be tempting to grab a tissue or a napkin, wipe them down quickly, and move on. There are a couple of reasons why this is a bad idea. Wiping your lenses while they are dry can cause them to become scratched, and that’s certainly not going to help your vision. While tissues or paper napkins might be soft on your nose, they can be rough on glasses and can lead to scratches as well. Instead, use a good quality lens cleaner, or even easier, warm water and a drop of dish soap. Wipe them dry with a microfiber cloth. If your glasses come equipped with anti-reflective coating, make sure the lens cleaner you use is safe to use for that type of eyewear to avoid damaging the coating.
Store Your Glasses Properly
If you don’t wear your glasses all the time (like if you only wear them for reading or if you’re primarily a contact-lens wearer), we know it can be tempting to toss them in your purse or car console when you’re in a hurry. The best way to take care of your glasses is to store them in a hard case to avoid them being bumped around, scratched, cracked, or crushed. Try to store them lens-up to keep them as scratch-free as possible.
You might ask yourself, “Why is it a big deal if my lenses are scratched? I don’t care what they look like.” Scratches, no matter how fine, can cause the light to disperse which in turn, irritates the eye. We don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound too pleasant to us.
Avoid Damaging the Frame
Have you gotten in a habit of pushing your glasses on top of your head when you aren’t using them or taking them off by pulling on one side of the frame? While these habits may be convenient, they can cause damage to the frame by stretching it out or loosening the screws. A damaged frame may fit improperly (and crooked glasses may not be the most effective if you ask us…), which means you’ll probably have to buy a new pair sooner than you had hoped you would. If you properly care for your glasses, they can last you for a long time!
Instead of storing your glasses on top of your head when you aren’t using them, slip them into your glasses case. When you take them off your face, distribute the weight evenly and gently grab each side of the glasses as you pull them off.
We hope these tips helped you feel a little more confident about taking care of your eyewear. Next time you want to join an impromptu Red Rover game for old time’s sake, stick those cat-eyes in a hard case and have a ball.
Are you experiencing trouble with your eyesight, or is it simply time to schedule your biennial eye exam? Whether you’re dealing with a problem or just looking for some preventative care, we’re the family eye care doctors for you. We’re here to help you take care of your beautiful eyes (so you can show off those baby blues in public without any discomfort). Contact us today or schedule an appointment!