Taking Care of Your Eyewear

 

Your eyeglasses and sunglasses are important investments. They are as valuable as your watch and jewelry, but more essential especially if you’re wearing prescription glasses.

Cleaning

 

It’s important to keep your eyewear clean everyday to avoid scratches and other damages. You can wash your eyewear by rinsing them under the tap. Use a drop dishwashing liquid to remove the dirt. Wipe the lenses with clean cloth, preferably microfiber cloth to avoid scratches. You can also use a lens solution. Never use cleaners that are not designed for eyewear like window or gadget cleaners. After washing, dry with cotton cloth or anything that’s made of lint-free soft material. You can also let them air dry if you’re not going to use them right away. Wipe the nosepads, frames and temples gently.

 

Checking

 

Inspect your glasses everyday before you wear them. Check if the screws are lose. Check for damages in the nosepads, hinges and the temples. Check if the lenses are clean and scratch-free. Wipe them gently with cloth designed for the lenses. Some experts however don’t recommend wiping the lenses when they’re dry. The debris might cause scratches. Don’t use tissue or rough cloth and your shirt to wipe the lenses. The fabric could cause scratches and you’re not even sure if your shirt has dirt on it.

Storage

 

If you’re not using your eyewear, don’t place them just about anywhere. If you have to place them on the table, never place your eyewear with the lens down. Your glasses can be scratched, bent out of shape or even break. Place them inside the case with the lenses facing upward. Always carry your eyewear case and one clean cloth for wiping. Make sure they fit the case properly because it might distort the eyewear. There are microfiber storage pouches if you don’t want to carry a case. There are also accessories for protection of your glasses such as eyewear repair kits, retaining bands for active users, chain or cord which can be attached to the temples or hinges, and storage clips where you can safely place your glasses.

 

Repairs

 

While you can tighten the loose screws in your eyewear, it’s impossible to repair the damages at home by yourself. Some stores sell eyeglass repair kits. If your eyewear has a warranty, you can also avail of that. If your prescription glasses are damaged, it might be time to have them changed. It’s also important to go for an eye checkup with your ophthalmologist at least once a year so that your lenses are updated. You might not notice that you’re prescription glasses are already outdated. If you have headaches, eye strain, and neck pains more often, perhaps you need an updated eyewear. The doctor can also check your eyewear if the frame also needs replacement. Remember that the ophthalmologist specializes in eye and vision. An optometrist isn’t a doctor but can prescribe lenses and do tests. Opticians design and assemble glasses.

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