How to Care for Your Glasses
You’ve found the perfect eyeglasses to flatter your face and suit your personality. Now we’ll show you how to care for your glasses, so they last longer and keep your vision clear and sharp.
Take Good Care of Your Eyeglasses
Eyeglasses are an investment in your vision. You can help them last longer by taking care of them. Improper care can lead to breakage or scratches. Here are some simple tips to keep your glasses performing for years:
- Inspect them often. Check for dust and smudges on the lenses. Make sure the arms are securely attached. Look in the mirror to see how the glasses sit on your face. Are they straight or crooked? Do they fall off easily?
- Keep screws tightened. Use a properly sized screwdriver, often sold at hardware, drug and grocery stores. Or, drop by your neighborhood optical boutique, where the staff can adjust them for you.
- Use both hands. Removing your glasses with one hand can cause them to stretch and bend. Use both hands to remove your glasses and prevent this problem.
- Use an eyeglass band or chain. If you’re participating in sports, dancing, gardening or doing projects around the house, wear a band or chain to keep your glasses from falling off.
- Store eyeglasses in a hard case. When you’re not wearing your glasses, place them in a hard case for protection. Don’t drop them into your purse, pocket, bag or backpack.
- Protect the lenses. If you set your eyeglasses down on a desk or nightstand, be sure to fold them first, and place them with the lenses facing up.
- Avoid exposing to high temperatures. For example, don’t leave glasses on the dashboard of your car in the hot sun.
- Keep them on your nose, not on your head. Eyeglasses are designed and fitted to rest on your nose. Placing them on top of your head can stretch or bend the frames.
How to Clean Glasses
The most important thing is to clean your glasses often. Dirt and dust can cause vision problems, or lead to scratches on the lenses. Avoid using tissues, paper towels or your clothing to clean your glasses. Polyester, cotton towels, paper products and wool are all too harsh, and can leave lint or fine scratches behind. Eye care professionals suggest using only microfiber lens-cleaning cloths, to reduce the chance of scratching.
For dusty glasses, a quick rub with a lint-free, microfiber cloth is sufficient. Remove smudges or residues with pre-moistened lens cleaning cloths, or a spray that can be used with a microfiber cloth. Either will remove everyday buildup of oils, dirt and dust, but are gentler than harsh window cleaners, which should be avoided.
Another way to clean them is by gently hand-washing them with warm water and liquid dishwashing detergent, allowing them to air dry. Avoid using any household cleaners, acetone or other chemicals on your lenses.
Finally, take care of your microfiber cloths. They usually come in a protective sleeve or case, so use it to store the cloth, or it will pick up dust that can scratch your lenses.
Remove Scratches From Eyeglasses
If you’ve scratched your lenses, you may be wondering what you can do about it. Depending on which type of lens you have, you can try these products to remove scratches from glasses:
Armour Etch®: This glass-etching product removes the anti-glare and scratch-resistant coatings on plastic lenses, taking with it any surface scratches. (Caution: Do not use this product on glass lenses – it will ruin them.) Apply the Armour Etch and let it sit for five minutes, then rinse and let dry. Be aware that you’ll no longer have anti-glare or scratch resistance after using this product.
Brass or silver polish: Apply with a cotton cloth and buff for several minutes. Repeat if any scratches remain.
Glass or Plastic Lenses
Baking soda or toothpaste: Use this all-around household helper to remove scratches from glass or plastic lenses. Make a thick paste with baking soda and water, and rub it in a circular motion across lenses with a soft cotton cloth. The process may be repeated for stubborn scratches. The same process can be used with non-abrasive toothpaste.
Car wax: Some people use ordinary vehicle cleaning wax to remove scratches on glass or plastic lenses. Cover each side of the lens with wax, rinse under running water and dry with a clean, soft cloth. Repeat the process if necessary.
While do-it-yourself scratch removal may work, these methods should be used with care. Wear gloves and follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions. And, never use abrasive solutions on glass lenses.
If you’d rather leave scratch removal to the experts, ask your optical professional about polishing kits.
For Quality Vision Care, See the Experts at the Eye Shop
If you take good care of your glasses, they will take care of you – and last longer, too. Now that you know how to clean glasses and care for glasses, you’ll be ready for years of function and fashion. But accidents will happen, and your glasses could end up getting bent, broken or scratched. That’s when you need an expert’s help.
Fortunately, you have a trusted partner in vision and eyeglass care at the Eye Shop of Downtown Clearwater. Whether you need frame repairs or just a quick adjustment, stop by the Eye Shop. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help with professional advice and solutions to your eyeglass problems.
The Eye Shop, conveniently located in a downtown neighborhood setting, features a full range of fashion-forward frames to suit every budget. In addition, we offer prescription sunglasses, custom-fitted contact lenses, and sports glasses for every activity. And if you need help choosing the right eyeglass frame, stop by and see Pamela Rowan, owner and fashion/retail director of the Eye Shop, who will be happy to offer personalized advice on the best frame shape, size and color for your face.
If you’re seeking an optometrist in Clearwater, Florida, the Eye Shop staff is led by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist – so you can be assured of receiving the very best in vision care. Make an appointment today, and see the difference top-quality care makes. Call 727-807-1174 to schedule an eye examination, or for more information about the Eye Shop’s full range of services.
When you’re in Downtown Clearwater, be sure to stop by the optical boutique at the Eye Shop of Downtown Clearwater, located at 432 Cleveland Street. For more information, visithttp://www.eyeshopdowntown.com.