5 Tips for Better Eyeglasses Care

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If you wear prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses, take good care of them for better vision. If you don’t, they may end up sliding off your face or you’ll be looking through scratched lenses. Review these five tips for better eyeglasses care.

Remove glasses correctly

Take off your eyeglasses using both hands to avoid bending the frame, earpieces or nosepieces. Bent eyeglasses can change how they fit on your face, causing discomfort or eyestrain.

Clean carefully 

Run cool water over your glasses to gently remove grime and smudges. Use cleaners designed to clean lenses for the best results. Avoid using glass cleaners on the lenses because these products may contain chemicals. This may include alcohol or ammonia, which can damage lens coatings. If possible, air dry your glasses. Otherwise, use a soft, lint-free cloth to dry them. Don’t use a paper towel, napkin, tissue or the corner of your shirt. That can scratch the lenses.

Avoid heat

Glasses are not designed to withstand extreme heat. So don’t leave them in a hot car. Always take your glasses with you when exiting the vehicle. This will keep them from melting in the heat, losing their shape, or magnifying the sun and possibly starting a fire.

Wear glasses correctly

Many people wear their glasses on top of their head for convenience or as a fashion statement. However, this practice may bend the nosepieces or the frame. You also may get smudges on the lenses from hair and skin oils, so you’ll have to keep cleaning the lenses.

Store in a hard case

It’s easy to scratch the lenses when your glasses are set face down. Also avoid putting your eyeglasses in a pocket or purse. Instead, protect your glasses by storing them in a hard eyeglass case.

Scheduling regular eye exams is important to maintain good vision health. Read about three reasons why. And, find out the difference between online eye exams and in-person eye exams.


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