Finding the right pair of eyeglasses can be a tricky process, whether you do so through your local optical shop, or through an online retailer. The appropriate frame shape, color and lens prescription are all factors in your decision making. Once you find that perfect pair of glasses, it’s important to take proper caution to keep them clean and intact for a long time. Below are some of the best tips for how you can make them last:
- Use the right cloth. While it might be instinct to clean your glasses with a tissue or paper napkin, this is strongly discouraged. The textures in the material have a high risk of scratching the surface of your lens. The same goes for the inside of a t-shirt or other article of clothing. Instead, opt for a glass cleaner. The microfiber material is soft and will not scratch your lens.
- Wash frequently. You’ve probably noticed how greasy your sunglasses get – and you don’t even wear them all of the time. Eyeglasses are no different. Wearing them all day long will, not surprisingly, accumulate smudges, dirt and dust. To keep them clean, wash at least once a day.
- Air dry, if possible. After you clean your glasses, the best thing to do is to let them air dry. This will help prevent particles from other materials coming into contact with the lenses. If necessary, you can dry them with a soft and clean cloth.
- Store correctly. When you are not wearing your glasses, store them in a safe container. This will help prevent debris from coming into contact with the lenses. It will also help prevent your glasses from getting bent or broken. There are two options for storage: a snap close case with a soft lining or a microfiber pouch. It might be a good idea to purchase a couple of cases so you are able to store your glasses regardless of where you are.
- Keep them safe. If you need to wear glasses when you are working out or doing yard work, consider using a sports strap or eyeglass cord to keep them in place. If not, you risk them falling off and breaking or getting scratched in the dirt.
If you are looking to get a new pair of glasses, come into one of our optical shops for a fitting.