Glasses frames can be an expensive investment if you want the latest designer frames, and that’s why it’s very important to know how to best take care of your glasses to keep them in tip top shape until you are able to replace the lenses with your next prescription. Glasses care seems easy for many people, but there may be a few things that you do not know about that could be hurting your glasses lenses. In this article, we’ll give you a few tips about how to prevent scratches and other damage to your glasses and take care of your glasses.
Tip #1: Never Use Tissues, Clothing, or Towels to Clean Your Glasses
If you’ve used these types of cleaning cloths before, you may be wondering why it isn’t okay to use these objects to clean your glasses? Unfortunately, any of these objects can cause scratches on your glasses lenses. Tissues, paper towels, and toilet paper are all made of a wood pulp. This means tiny scratches that can add up to big damage, and they won’t get your glasses very clean because they’re not made to do so. Clothing can get oils on it throughout the day from your body, and this is obviously not what you want to keep your glasses crystal clear. Towels can leave fuzz and can scratch with rough edges.
Solution: Use a Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
When you’re going out for the day, carry with you a microfiber cleaning cloth. This is the best type of cleaning cloth for glasses because it is very soft and will not damage or scratch your lenses. To use it, you should use a lens cleaning solution of your choice–not any other type of cleaner–and gently rub the cloth in circles over your lenses to take away smudges and dirt. Afterwards, your glasses should be good as new. If you do see scratches, it’s time to take care of your glasses and bring them in to see Dr. Myers and get them fixed up.
Tip #2: Be Careful with Taking Off Your Glasses
When you do take off your glasses for the day, it may be tempting to set them on your bedside table and forget about them. However, they could be damaged like this. The first way is through dust that lands on them throughout the night. This can cause small scratches on the lenses. Next, the lenses could be damaged if they are sat face down which could also scratch them. Lastly, they could be knocked off or stepped on because the user cannot see where they have gone.
Solution: Store Your Glasses in a Case
A glasses case is an important investment because it will keep your glasses, which help you see every single day, unharmed and safe overnight or any time they are not on your face. When you put your glasses away, they should be lenses up so they are not scratched. The arms should be gently folded. Never try to squish your glasses into a small case, as this could cause damage. If you do not have a case, ask your eye doctor for a case or a soft case the next time you are in. While a soft case is not as protective as a hard case, it is still better than nothing.
For More Tips on How to Take Care of Your Glasses, Contact Dr. Myers
While these few tips will help you get started on taking proper care of your glasses, there are even more tips we can recommend to you that are unique to your specific questions. If you have questions, it’s time to give Dr. Clifford Myers, MD a call. We are happy to answer any questions and work with you to get you scheduled and set up with an appointment. Contact us today!