If you have just gotten your first pair of eyeglasses, you may not know how to properly take care of them so they remain unscratched and in good condition. Here are some maintenance tips that will help you keep your glasses clean and undamaged.
Don't Use Soap or Glass Cleaner
One of the important things you must do to keep your glasses clear is to routinely wash them.
You may be tempted to use a bit of liquid soap or glass cleaner to do the job, but over time, chemicals in those products may affect any special coatings that are on your lenses.
To clean your glasses, rinsing them with water is sufficient. You can also purchase commercial cleaning solutions that are specially formulated for eyeglasses.
Use a Microfiber Cloth to Wipe Your Glasses
After rinsing your glasses or cleaning them with a special solution, you may want to wipe them dry with paper towels, tissues or even the shirt you're wearing. However, all of these substances have textured surfaces that may scratch the lenses of your glasses. If you need to wipe your glasses dry, use a microfiber cloth that won't create scratches.
Make sure you only wipe your glasses if you have washed them first. When your lenses are dry, particles of dust can settle onto your lenses, and rubbing those particles around on the lenses may scratch them.
Grip Glasses at the Bridge of the Nose
When you handle your glasses, it's important that you avoid touching your lenses, but it's also important that you avoid bending the frames. Bent frames can interfere with how comfortable your glasses feel and may make them sit unevenly on your face. When you hold your glasses, hold them by the piece that sits on your nose. If you only hold your glasses from that point, you can avoid bending the frames.
Store Your Glasses in a Case
You may think nothing of leaving your glasses anywhere when you no longer need them for the day or head off to bed. However, keeping them in a storage case is a simple way to make sure your glasses are safe when you're not wearing them. Not only can a storage case keep dust particles from settling on your lenses so you don't have to worry about possible new scratches, but a case prevents your glasses from being bent or broken. This is especially helpful if you live with others who may accidentally knock your glasses off a nightstand or table when you are not wearing them.
Now that you are aware of some of the things you can do to ensure your first pair of glasses remain in good shape, use the tips above on a regular basis. See an optician, like those at EyeCare About Vegas: Dr. R Dougal Morrison & Dr. Christopher Coker, for more maintenance tips.