Once you've gotten a new pair of eyeglasses, it's important to take care of them. Here are some maintenance tips that will help you keep your glasses in good condition so you are able to see well through them.
Rinse Before Wiping Lenses
If you're like a lot of people, you might just start wiping your lenses with a cloth when you set out to clean them. However, this can be a mistake. There may be dust and other particles already on the lenses that you rub all over when you start wiping with a cloth. Instead, rinse your glasses with water before wiping the lenses, so that any particles can be washed away.
Don't Use Commercial Glass Cleaners on Your Glasses
You might think that you can use commercial glass cleaning products to clean the lenses on your glasses. However, many of these sprays contain ammonia and other chemicals that might strip away any of the protective coatings on your lenses. If you use a spray, make sure that the spray is formulated specifically for cleaning glasses.
Avoid Using Napkins, Paper Towels and Clothing to Clean
You may need to clean your glasses and think nothing of grabbing anything that is close to you, including paper towels, napkins and even your clothing. While these items may be soft and clean, they typically contain textures that may scratch your lenses over time. Use a lint-free cloth instead.
Hold the Center of Your Frames While Cleaning
When you're cleaning your glasses, make sure to grasp them in the center of the frames, or the part of your glasses that sits on the bridge of your nose. This will reduce the chances that you'll bend the frames as you clean. Bending the frames might affect how comfortable your glasses feel when you're wearing them, so avoid that by handling them properly.
Use a Storage Pouch or Case for Your Glasses
You might not keep your glasses in a case or pouch when you're not wearing them, but you should consider doing so. Keeping your glasses stored properly not only protects them from scratches, it keeps the lenses free from dirt and dust. A hard case can also protect your glasses from becoming bent or broken when they aren't in use.
Now that you know what you can do to make sure your eyeglasses are in good shape, use the tips in this article to keep them clean. Talk to an optician like Spectacle Shoppe, Inc. about coatings and other things you can do to prolong the life of your glasses.
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