4 Essential Tips to Properly Care for Your Glasses

July 17, 2017
If your glasses are too tight or too loose, you should see an optometrist to get them fixed instead of trying to do it yourself at home. You could break them!

More and more people wear prescription glasses. Screen time may be to blame, although there are many possible causes. No matter the cause, it is important to properly care for your glasses.

Did you know that not taking care of your glasses may also be a reason for your vision problems? That’s right. Keeping the lenses clean and scratch-free will help you see better and focus your sight where it’s meant to go.

Clean glasses = optimal vision

Wearing glasses can’t reverse your short-sightedness or astigmatism, but it will at least keep it from progressing.

First of all, it’s important to keep your glasses centered and properly adjusted, so they don’t fall when you move your head. In addition, this helps to ensure maximum quality vision, as well as prevent breakages.

If your prescription doesn’t need to be changed and your glasses are in good condition, there’s no need to change them every year when you see your eye doctor.

Since almost all glasses are made out of light and delicate materials, it’s essential to be very careful with them.

Read this, too: Natural Ways to Soothe Irritated Eyes

What should I use to clean my glasses?

lady wearing glasses

This is the first question you should ask. At the store, you’ll find many brands of liquid spray cleaners to keep in your bag or on your nightstand or desk. However, they can be pricey. Nonetheless, glasses cleaner is an essential part of care for your glasses.

As a cheaper option, you may want to use water and neutral soap (liquid is best). Follow these steps:

  1. Place your glasses under the tap.
  2. Let the water generally wet your lenses.
  3. Apply some soap to your fingertips.
  4. Gently rub both sides of the lenses.
  5. Rinse with clean water under the tap.
  6. Dry with toilet paper, a paper towel or a gentle washcloth.
  7. Make sure all metal parts are thoroughly dried.

And what about when you don’t have water available? In this case, you can use:

How do I properly clean my glasses?

man cleaning glasses

If you’re on the street and can’t get to a bathroom to clean your dirty glasses, you can use a cloth. We recommend keeping a cloth with you at all times. Just like when washing or drying your glasses, you should hold them so they don’t break or get crooked.

Holding one side and cleaning the other (the usual way) could put too much pressure on the bridge. They could break in half. If you use rimless glasses, the lenses could shatter, too.

To finish cleaning the lenses, you must also clean the frame, especially the parts that are in contact with your skin or hair. This includes the bridge that touches your nose and the earpieces that rest on your ears.

When it’s hot or you’re sweating a lot, these areas tend to get dirty. To get the grime off, you’ll need soap and water. Some people like to use a hair dryer to make sure the hinges and screws don’t rust or get stuck.

 

How should I put on and take off my glasses?

caring for glasses

Putting glasses on improperly can make the earpieces crooked and even make them fall to the floor if you’re not careful. You should always use both hands to put on and take off your glasses.

If you do it with just one hand, you’re putting pressure on the hinge of the other side. The next time you wear them, they won’t stay on well and may even break.

Accessories for glasses

There are 3 accessories you should have to take proper care of your glasses.

An eyeglass case

glasses case

It should be hard and fit your glasses well. If you drop it, sit on it, or jostle it with other things in your bag, there shouldn’t be any problems.

A cord or strap

Maybe you don’t like the ones you see on children or older adults. However, a cord or strap can help if you use your glasses just to read (if you don’t always have them on).

Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that it can also actually be somewhat dangerous to walk around with your glasses hanging from your neck. After all, they can bump into things or get caught.

A cleaning cloth

It’s not just good for cleaning your classes when they’re dirty, a cleaning cloth is also useful for wrapping the lenses up when they’re in their case.

More tips for taking care of your glasses

lady wearing glasses

Besides cleaning and transporting them properly, here are some more tips to help to care for your glasses (whether they’re prescription or sunglasses):

  • Don’t leave them face down on your desk or nightstand.
  • Keep them out of extreme heat, like in the car.
  • Don’t use your clothes to clean the lenses (especially jeans or wool).
  • Every few months, it’s good to take your lenses to the eyeglass shop to have them deep cleaned.
  • If they’re very tight on your head, you may want to get them checked out, too.

Wearing sunglasses is also important: 9 Consequences of Not Wearing Sunglasses

 

 

Randolph, S. A. (2017). Computer Vision Syndrome. Workplace Health and Safety. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165079917712727