The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of Your Eyeglasses

Prescription glasses cost a lot, and because their lenses are made of plastic (which scratches more easily than glass), you want to make sure that your pair lasts as long as possible.

To give your investment the best care you possibly can, here’s everything you need to keep in mind:

  • Clean them regularly. Use a small drop of liquid dish soap mixed in warm water, then dry with a soft, clean cloth, such as cotton or microfiber. Alternatively, you can also purchase a liquid solution for eyeglass lenses.
  • Use container when you’re not using them. Store your glasses in a hard shell container that matches its size.
  • Handle your eyeglasses gently. Avoid wearing them on the top of your head, and if you’re not using them, use both hands to take them off. Lay them down with the lenses facing up.
  • Buy an eyeglass repair kit. This will let you adjust the arms when they start to loosen and not grip the sides of your head as well. You can buy them at eyeglass vendors or from your optometrist.

Meanwhile, here’s what you want to avoid as much as possible when taking care of your secondary pair of eyes:

  • Don’t spit on your lenses. Saliva contains oils that may end up damaging your lenses instead. Other substances that can damage them include ammonia, bleach, and window cleaner fluid.
  • Avoid leaving them inside hot vehicles. The trapped heat will warp your lenses and the frame, especially if it’s made of plastic. The windshield will also act as a magnifying lens if you leave your glasses on the dashboard.
  • Avoid leaving your glasses near water. Water on your lenses can cause spots, which can be difficult to wipe off once they’ve dried.

Eyeglass Lenses and You

Understanding your glasses starts with your lenses as they both influence the frame and how you need to take care of them to make them last. These are the different types of materials they can be made from:

  • Polycarbonate – Impact-resistant lenses made of polycarbonate are great for outdoor work, sports, or physical activity that could easily damage most glasses. They also have their own built-in protection against UV rays.
  • High-index plastic – People in need of strong prescription lenses will appreciate these types of glasses as they’re lighter and thinner.
  • Trivex – Similar to polycarbonate lenses, Trivex glasses are impact-resistant while also being lightweight and thin, and may even have a chance at correcting vision better.
  • Photochromic – Sunlight or UV light changes the lenses from clear to tinted, which works great when you frequently outdoors. However, they may not tint inside your car if your windshield already blocks UV light.

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