Dos and Don’ts of Caring For Your Eyeglasses
Quality eyeglasses can be quite an investment, making it essential that they are taken care of properly. Whether you wear your glasses all of the time or just need them for reading or long-distances, they need to be scratch-free, sturdy, and comfortable. How well the glasses are taken care of will determine how long they last and the cleanliness of the surface.
At EYEQuity, our optical shop offers over 30 years of industry experience and we have helped countless customers find the perfect pair of glasses for their lifestyle and personal fashion style. Whether you’re looking for designer frames or prescription sunglasses, we have what you need and everything in between. EYEQuity has several locations in Indiana and Michigan, so if you’re new to glasses or just need a stylish new pair of frames, visit one of our stores near you and feel great about your new look!
How to Take Care of Eyeglasses
Dos of Eyeglasses
Wash Your Hands
Our fingertips often have dirt or microorganisms on them, even when they feel clean, which can be transferred onto the glasses frames and lenses. Before you clean the lenses or handle the frames, try to make sure to wash your hands or use an antibacterial liquid to clean them. Our fingertips will nearly always have oils on them as well, which can also be transferred to the glasses. Dirt and oils can cause scratches or smudges on the lenses, leading to permanent damage or having to clean them more frequently.
Clean Them Regularly
Eyeglasses should be cleaned regularly, ideally once a day, but every one to two days will suffice. When cleaning your eyeglasses, you should be careful to use products that won’t damage the glasses. Use warm water, a small drop of dish detergent, and a cotton or microfiber cloth. Learn more about what to avoid when cleaning eyeglasses below.
Store Them Properly
It’s easy to get in the habit of putting your glasses down on the countertop, on the dashboard of your car, or on the edge of the sink, but doing this can increase the risk of them falling, something falling on the glasses, or getting scratched by other items. Regardless of the type of glasses you have, they should be stored in a hard case that is the correct size for your glasses. Ideally, they should also be wrapped in a cloth inside the case to further protect them from being damaged.
Use Both Hands
This may take some getting used to, but to protect the structure of the glasses frames, it’s important to use both hands when taking them off. When you use just one hand, over time it can cause the frames to become misaligned or even break. Try to avoid putting them on the top of your head as well. This can cause the frames to stretch and bend, eventually causing them to not fit properly.
Don’ts of Eyeglasses
Use the Wrong Liquid
In a pinch, many people rely on their own spit to clean their glasses. While it may get the job done, over time, oils in your mouth can scratch the surface of the lens. Try to also avoid using window cleaner, bleach, or ammonia-based products If you live an active lifestyle and your glasses are constantly getting dirty, try to keep a cleaning solution on hand that will thoroughly clean the frames and lenses without scratching them.
Clean Them With the Wrong Material
Again, when there is nothing else available to clean the glasses, many people will use their own shirt, a tissue, or a paper towel. These materials can also have dirt or oils on them that can scratch the surface of the lens. Along with your cleaning solution, keep a microfiber cloth to wipe the surface of the lenses as well as the frames.
Wipe Them When They’re Dry
Unless you live in a bubble, there is always some amount of dust in the air that will land on the surface of the glasses. If you clean your glasses when they’re dry and dusty, you’ll be scratching the surface with tiny particles. Before wiping the lenses, rinse them with water or a cleaning solution to remove any surface dust, and then wipe them with a microfiber cloth.
Leave Glasses in a Hot Car
On hot summer days, avoid leaving your glasses on the dashboard of your car. The heat can eventually cause permanent damage to the frames and lenses. If you don’t always have to wear your glasses, make it a habit of putting your glasses in a hard case and carry them with you wherever you go.
Getting new eyeglasses comes with some responsibility and an understanding of how to properly care for your glasses. This is especially important when you’re investing in designer frames. Our eyeglass store offers a large collection of frames and our friendly team of specialists can’t wait to help you choose a pair that you’ll love.
Visit an EYEQuity optical store near you today!