If you left your optometrist with a prescription for a new pair of glasses, you probably put a lot of thought into the best frames to buy. Choosing the right glasses can take some thought and time. You want them to complement your hair, skin color, and face shape. After going through all the trouble of finding the ideal frames, the last thing you want to do is scratch the lenses or bend the frames. Here are some tips for helping you avoid that.
How To Prevent Scratches
Don't rub your lenses when they're dry. That increases the risk of scratching. When you need to clean them, which could be as often as daily, just hold them under running water to rinse the lenses. Then, allow the lenses to air-dry. If you don't have time for that, dry them gently with a lint-free cloth. Avoid using a paper towel, tissue, or other rough fabric. Your optometrist may sell cleaning cloths that are perfect for the job. They are soft, thin, and free from lint. You might also buy lens cleaning spray from the optometrist. This makes it easy to clean your lenses when you're on the go. Only use spray you get from the optometrist's office or water to clean your glasses. Don't use cleaning fluids from around the home such as glass cleaner.
Keep your glasses in a case when they're not in use so the lenses are always protected. A hard case offers the most protection. If you rest your glasses on the table, be sure the lenses are facing up and not touching any hard surface.
How To Keep The Frames From Being Bent
Bent frames ruin your glasses. Even if they are bent just a little bit, it will interfere with your vision. For that reason, you want to handle your glasses properly. Remember to pick them up by the nose bridge rather than the earpiece. When you clean your glasses, hold them firmly by the nose so an earpiece isn't bent out of shape when you apply pressure to the lens. It's also a good practice to put them on with both hands so there is equal pressure on both sides. By keeping your glasses in a case to prevent scratches, you also protect the frames from bending, especially when your glasses are in your purse or a cluttered drawer.
Finally, don't treat your glasses like sunglasses. Avoid wearing them on top of your head as this might stretch them too far.
By following these maintenance tips, your glasses should last a long time. Accidents do happen though, so it is always a good idea to have a backup pair of eyeglasses so you don't have to suffer at work or school if you break or lose a pair.