Maintaining clear vision is essential for everyday activities, and taking proper care of your eyeglasses is a crucial part of that clarity. Whether you’re wearing prescription eyeglasses or just rocking a pair of stylish shades, keeping them clean and in good condition not only helps you see better but also extends their lifespan. In this guide, we’ll share some simple yet effective tips to help you maintain and clean your eyeglasses, ensuring you get the best performance out of your specs.
Regular Maintenance is Key
Regular upkeep can prevent common issues such as loose screws, misalignment, and wear and tear. Here are some points to keep in mind:
- Daily checks: Give your glasses a once-over each day. Tighten any loose screws with a small glasses repair kit, and make sure the frames sit correctly on your face.
- Proper storage: When not in use, store your glasses in a hard case. This prevents scratches and protects them from accidental damage.
- Avoid heat: High temperatures can warp your frames, so keep them away from the dashboard of your car and don’t wear them on top of your head when outside in the sun.
- Handle with care: Always grasp your glasses by the bridge, not by the arms. This helps maintain their shape and prevents undue stress on the material.
Remember, if you ever feel unsure about making adjustments or if your glasses seem to need more extensive repairs, visit an eye care professional. They can often fix broken glasses on the spot or provide advice on next steps.
Cleaning Technique Matters
To ensure you don’t inadvertently scratch the lenses or frames while cleaning, follow these guidelines:
- Rinse: Begin by rinsing your glasses with clean bottled water to remove any particles that may scratch the lenses when wiping. Avoid using unfiltered tap water when possible.
- Cleanse: Apply a small spray of an official eyeglass lens cleaner to each lens. Avoid using products with harsh chemicals as they can strip away the coating on your lenses.
- Gently rub: Using your fingers and a clean microfiber cloth, carefully clean the lenses, frame, and nose pads. Pay extra attention to where the frame meets the lenses, as debris often collects there. Wipe until the entire lens is dry.
Special Care for Coated Lenses
If your eyeglasses have special coatings, such as anti-reflective or photochromic lenses, it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations to avoid damaging them. Typically, these lenses require gentle care, avoiding products with ammonia, vinegar, or bleach. By treating these special coatings with care, you’ll preserve their effectiveness and enjoy the benefits they provide for much longer.
Avoid Common Mistakes
There are a few common habits that can damage your glasses. Avoid these to keep your eyeglasses in top-notch condition:
- Don’t use your shirttail or other clothing to clean your lenses. Fabric not designed for lenses can scratch them.
- Avoid using paper towels, tissues, or napkins. These can be too rough and may contain wood fibers or textures that could scratch the lenses.
- Stay clear of household glass or surface cleaners. They often contain chemicals that can damage lens coatings.
- Don’t leave your glasses in a bathroom or other areas where they can be exposed to aerosol sprays or high humidity, which might degrade the lens coatings.
About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC
Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.