How to Take Care of Eyeglasses (The Proper Way!)
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Taking care of your eyeglasses is not something you should ever do carelessly. After all, they are not simply accessories, but tools that we desperately need in order to function effectively within our daily lives. Let’s not live in the habit of treating our precious eyeglasses like they are disposable. If you care for your eyesight and the glasses that you wear, follow our list of ways to care for your glasses properly!
How to Take Care of Eyeglasses (The Proper Way!)
1. Avoid Heat
Glasses and heat are a recipe for disaster. It turns out, that our eyeglasses are very sensitive to high temperature changes, in fact, rapid temperature shifts can cause the glass to expand and contract, which can result in a distorted view. While some opticians have the ability to make the appropriate adjustments to have the frames fit your face again, oftentimes heat can cause permanent damage beyond any point of return.
2. Remove with Two Hands
While the way you remove your eyeglasses may seem like something so trivial that you don’t bother in giving it a second though, it actually plays a significant part in the upkeep of your precious lenses. When we remove our eyeglasses with just one hand, only one side arm opens up, which then causes slight misalignments of the frames, resulting in an eventual weakening and breaking of the glasses.
3. Store Inside the Case and Case Only
Regardless of whether your glasses have an anti-scratch treatment, you should never store them anywhere other than the case that they came in. This is simple, yet vital advice when concerning the quality of your glasses. We don’t want to get into the habit of tossing them around, as this will inevitably lead to unavoidable scratching. So, we suggest staying on the safe side and keeping them in your trusty case.
4. Clean, Clean, Clean
This advice is now more pertinent than ever before. During these uncertain times of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important that we keep not just our hands clean, but our glasses as well! In our opinion, it is much better to be safe than sorry, so we suggest that you clean your glasses daily.
Before we go a step further, the most important and obvious step is to ensure that your own hands are washed and cleansed thoroughly before you handle your glasses. Below we have laid out our steps to ensure that your glasses are cleaned both safely and effectively.
- Rinse First
Before you get into the actual cleaning of your lenses, you’ll want to be sure to rinse your glasses under lukewarm tap water—remember, hot water and temperatures are a no-no. Rinsing your glasses prior to cleaning will ensure that any dust particles or debris left behind on the lenses are washed away, which is good news in avoiding any possible unwanted scratching.
- Apply Dishwashing Liquid
Next, we recommend a small amount of dishwashing liquid to each lens. Be sure to use brands that do not include lotions in their products. You may apply the dishwashing soap to your fingertips and apply this way as well.
- Clean All Parts of Eyeglasses
It is not enough to just clean the lenses of your eyeglasses. You’ll want to ensure that every inch of your eyeglasses is being cleaned and cared for. From the nose pads, to the temples that rest behind your ears, make sure that you get it all accounted for. Another important area that you do not want to miss is the area of your glasses where the lenses meet the frame, as this is a spot where dust, debris, and skin oils can easily accumulate.
- Final Rinse
After you are done thoroughly cleaning your glasses, it is time to rinse them again. Be sure that while you are rinsing them in lukewarm tap water, that you are also washing away any and all traces of soap that may linger. If you do not remove all of the soap during this rinse, your glasses will smear once dry, which will call for another cleaning.
- Time to Dry
For this step, you’ll want to make sure that you are drying your glasses with a lint-free towel, whether that be a dish towel that has not been laundered with fabric softener—as this can cause major smearing—or a cotton towel that you use to clean your precious glassware. Ensure before cleaning that the towel is perfectly clean, as dirt and debris trapped inside of a towel is an easy way to cause smudges, streaks, and scratches.
- Inspect the lenses
If you find that somewhere within your process there are any smudges or streaks left behind, do not panic! This is an easy fix if you have a microfiber cloth handy, and if you don’t have access to a microfiber cloth then you can always opt for pre-moistened lense cleaning wipes, which are specially formulated with your lenses in mind.
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We hope that these steps help you better understand the proper way to care for your precious glasses. Incorporating a habit of careful and daily maintenance into your schedule will benefit not just you, but your wallet as well.
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