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How to Take Care of Your New Glasses

Author: Premier Eye Associates

If you have ever purchased a pair of prescription glasses, you know it is a big investment. Here are some tips and tricks to help prolong the life of your glasses to get the most bang for your buck!

 

Avoid Scratching Your Eyeglasses

One of the most mentioned problems with glasses lenses are the lenses scratching over time.

While there are some lenses coatings available as upgrades to increase the scratch resistance of the lenses, there is currently no options for 100% scratch proof lenses.

Options that can make your lenses more scratch resistance include upgrading to either a Polycarbonate or Trivex material, or adding on a scratch resistant coating.

When it comes to caring for your lenses, it is always best to keep glasses in a designated glasses case when you are not wearing them.

If you do not keep your glasses in a glasses case, it is recommended to fold up your glasses and place them on a flat surface with the temples (arms of the glasses) down so that the lenses themselves are facing upward. If you do this, try to keep the glasses away from any other objects (lamps, fans, clocks, candles, trinkets, etc.) to lower risk of something falling onto the glasses or the glasses being knocked off the table.

You may be surprised at how easily glasses lenses can scratch. Things as little as dirt, metal shavings, sand, and other small debris can become stuck to clothing or other fabrics. If you then wipe your glasses with said fabric, it will scratch your lenses.

For this reason, never wipe your glasses with your clothing.

Paper towels, tissues, sponges, and even toilet paper can cause similar issues. These materials are often made with some coarseness which is not the best for wiping across lenses.

 

Proper Eyeglasses Cleaning Techniques

The best way to clean your glasses is with clean water and dish soap for stubborn dust and dirt.

Start by washing your hands to ensure you are not transferring any particles from your hands to your lenses.

Next, rinse your glasses with clean tap water from the sink.

Add a drop of dish soap to the front and back of each lens, rub the soap around the lenses gentle with your thumb and forefinger.

Rinse the soap of your lenses. Dry the lenses with a clean microfiber lens cloth.

Lens cloths are often provided with any purchased pair of glasses. If you are in need of a new one, they can be found at your local optometrist or many other retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Meijer, Target, Kohls, etc.

Do not forget—lens cloths also need to be cleaned from time-to-time as they can also accumulate dirt and debris. To clean your lens cloth, simply throw it into the washing machine with your other laundry.

An alternative option for washing glasses lenses is to use lens cleaner which can be purchased through most optometry offices.

Simply spray the lenses with the cleaner, and gentle wipe lenses dry with a lens cloth.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My glasses lenses are scratched, can you buff out the scratches?

A: No. Unfortunately, glasses lenses are made in a way so that your specific prescription is ground into the lens. Any buffering would alter the shape of the lens, and therefore change the prescription.

Q: Is there any warranty on my glasses frames or lenses?

A: Many companies do offer some kind of warranty on frames and lenses. Be sure to talk with whoever you are purchasing the lenses from to see what the warranty covers, for how long, and what voids the warranty. Many frames have a warranty for factory defects or breaks within 1 year of purchase. Many upgraded lens coatings such as scratch resistance coatings, anti-reflective coatings, or anti-fog coatings offer a 1 year warranty for defects in the coating, however each manufacturers’ warranty is different.

Q: A friend told me that nail polish remover is a great way to clean my glasses lenses. Is this true?

A: Sometimes, but it is NOT recommended. Acetone, a common ingredient in many nail polish removers, can strip lenses of their coatings. Any lens with a coating should not be cleaned with nail polish remover. In some circumstances basic plastic lenses may be cleaned with nail polish remover, but even then it is risky. It is best to avoid using nail polish remover to clean lenses and refer back to our recommended cleaning techniques listed above.

Q: My glasses used to fit well, but recently the frame feels loose. What can I do?

A: Most glasses frames wear out and begin to lose shape over time. Fortunately, many frames can be adjusted via tightening screws or using heat to manipulate the frame back into its original shape. It is never advised for you to do this yourself. Call your optometrist and make an appointment to come in for an adjustment and they will ensure they fit you correctly.

Q: One of the temples (arms) of my glasses broke off. Can this be fixed?

A: Sometimes. If the screw fell out of the hinge it can easily be replaced to secure the temple back into place. However, if the hinge is damaged, this cannot be replaced.

Q: My frames broke, but the lenses are still good. Can you put my lenses into another frame?

A: No, not typically. Glasses lenses are specifically ground into certain shapes to fit a particular frame. Not only that, but opticians take something called your pupillary distance (the distance between your two pupils) into account when making a pair of glasses. By altering the shape of the lens, it may shift the pupillary distance, forcing you to look through an off-centered lens, which induces problems like prism and astigmatism.

 

 

Dr. Anthony Spina and the staff of Premier Eye Associates specialize in glasses, soft contact lenses, hard contact lenses, and medical eye exams. Call our eye doctor in Auburn, AL today at (334) 539-5391 or schedule an appointment online  if you have any questions about caring for your eyeglasses.  Our optometrist provides only the highest quality eye care services amongst eye doctors in the Auburn Alabama area.

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