Prescription eyeglasses can cost a fortune depending on the type of lens and frame that you have. Unlike the conventional sunglasses which you can get for a few dollars, prescription glasses can cost up to hundreds of dollars. This figure will be higher if you opt for designer frames. That's why it is paramount to take good care of your glasses. If you wear yours daily, losing or damaging them can make activities such as reading and walking difficult or impossible. Taking good care of the glasses will prolong their usable life and give you value for your money. Below are three essential tips that will help you care for and protect your prescription glasses.
Leaving your glasses on your desk or shelf is one of the sure ways of getting them damaged. If left facedown on the desk, the lenses can easily get scratched. Even the smallest scratch on the glass is enough to annoy you and disrupt your vision when using the glasses. The other risk that your lenses are exposed to is damage. When left on a surface without care, they can be easily knocked down, and this may cause the lenses or frame to break.
Protect your glasses from damage by storing them correctly every time you are not using them. Invest in a quality case where you will place them. Most optometrists provide compact cases that you can carry in your bag as you go to work or school.
Regularly cleaning your glasses is necessary to get rid of dust which may accumulate on the surface and blur your vision. What's more, cleaning also helps get rid of bacteria and contaminants that would otherwise find their way into your eyes and cause irritation. However, you have to clean the glasses right to prevent damage. Invest in a microfiber cloth that will not scratch at the lenses as you clean them. Use lens cleaner or warm soapy water and the cloth to clean the glasses. You can air dry or use lint-free clothing to wipe them.
Handle with care
Are you one of those people who pull out their glasses with one hand when removing them? While this move looks cool, it can do more harm than good to your frame. Using one hand to remove the glasses increases the risk of them getting misaligned. After some time, the frame will no longer fit as well as it did before. To avoid loosening it, always use two hands to remove the glasses.
Visit your optometrist if your glasses are damaged or loosely fitting due to incorrect handling. Also, remember to keep these points in mind to extend their durability.