In our increasingly digital world, more and more people rely on prescription glasses to enhance their vision. While many attribute their need for glasses to extended screen time, it's essential to recognize that neglecting eyeglass care can also impact your eyesight. Clean and scratch-free glasses are the foundation for optimal vision.
Why Clean Glasses Equal Optimal Vision
Wearing glasses may not reverse myopia or astigmatism, but it can prevent them from worsening. Maintaining well-centred and secure glasses is crucial; they should stay in place when you move your head. This ensures the best possible vision and extends the life of your lenses.
Avoid Frequent Replacements
If your prescription hasn't changed significantly, and your glasses are in good condition, there's no need to replace them every year. However, it's not enough to own a stylish new pair of glasses; you must also keep them clean and free of scratches. Most glasses are made from delicate materials, so they require careful handling.
Choosing the Right Cleaning Method
When it comes to cleaning your glasses, you might wonder what to use. While you can find various eyeglass cleaning solutions in stores, they can be costly. An effective and economical alternative is to use water and mild soap. Follow these steps:
- Run your glasses under tap water.
- Gently wet the lenses.
- Apply a small amount of soap to your fingertips.
- Carefully rub both sides of the lenses.
- Rinse the glasses with clean water.
- Pat them dry with toilet paper or tissue.
- Ensure all metal parts are thoroughly dry.
- If water isn't available, you can use alternative cleaning methods such as microfiber cloths, sprays, wet wipes, or specific ultrasonic cleaning devices.
Proper Cleaning Techniques
When you can't access water for a thorough cleaning, use a clean cloth (which we recommend keeping in your glasses case). Hold the lenses firmly to prevent any misalignment or damage to the frames. Avoid putting too much pressure on one side, as it can weaken the bridge or chip the lenses, especially for rimless or "open" glasses.
To complete the cleaning process, pay attention to the frame, particularly areas that touch your skin or hair, which tend to accumulate dirt. Use soap and water to remove any grime effectively.
Handling Your Glasses Correctly
Incorrectly putting on or taking off your glasses can lead to stress on the frames, causing damage or even dropping your glasses. Always use both hands to handle your glasses to avoid forcing the hinges and risking breakage.
Essential Eyewear Accessories
Three essential items should accompany your glasses:
- Case: Opt for a rigid, appropriately sized case to protect your glasses when they're not in use.
- Chains or Twine: Although they may not be favoured by younger wearers, these can be useful for those who only need glasses for reading. They prevent glasses from dangling, reducing the risk of accidents.
- Cleaning Fibers: These fibers serve not only for cleaning but also for wrapping your glasses when storing them in the case.
Additional Tips for Caring for Your Glasses
- In addition to cleaning and handling, consider these recommendations for maintaining your glasses, whether they're prescription or sunglasses:
- Avoid placing your glasses upside down on surfaces.
- Prevent exposure to extreme heat, especially in vehicles.
- Refrain from using your clothing, especially materials like jeans, wool, or knitting, to clean your lenses.
- Schedule a deep cleaning with your optician every few months.
- If your glasses' temples feel too tight, have them checked by your optician.
Taking proper care of your glasses can not only preserve their longevity but also ensure your vision remains as sharp as possible. By following these tips, you'll safeguard your eyesight and your investment in eyewear.