How to Look After Your Glasses – Storage and Care TipsBy OmniOptics - August 23, 2012
If you’ve ever purchased a pair of glasses you understand how expensive they can be. The glasses that you choose say a lot about you and your style. You can look fun and funky, sexy, smart, retro or have glasses that simply disappear on the face if they are rimless. Once you find the perfect pair of glasses you should take care of them.
When you take your glasses off and put them on, grab them by both arms. It may be fun to whimsically pull off your glasses from one side of your face as you dramatically turn to someone, however, there are very few times when this is actually a motion that you need to make. When you take your glasses off you should use both arms in order to prevent stretching and warping of the arms.
Forget What Your Mum Taught You
It’s nice to share, but don’t share your glasses. Not only can you spread germs this way and damage your own eyes looking through someone else’s prescription but your glasses can be stretched out. When you order glasses they’re custom fit to you. No one else has the same nose to ear to eye ratio as you. Letting your best friend try on your glasses is like letting them try on your favourite jeans – they could stretch them out.
When you clean your glasses use a soft cloth and a little bit of water. The water will rinse the large particles and prevent scratching. Lenses are one of the most expensive elements of the glasses and it would be a shame to scratch them.
Or get yourself a lens cleaning kit with a cleaning solution spray and a soft micro-fibre cleaning cloth for everyday usage.
Keep Them Safe in a Case
Glasses take a beating, especially children’s glasses. When you take them off, where do your put them? On a table, in your pocket, did you forget? Glasses should always be stored in a case. There are two types of cases for your frames:
- Soft glasses cases
- Hard glasses cases
The Tougher of the Two
Hard cases are always recommended for children and people who are not so easy on their things. Hard cases will hold the shape of your glasses and keep them from getting crushed. If you’re the type to take off your glasses and throw them into your bag then the easy choice is a hard case.
Night Time Storage
If you only take your glasses off at night and you place them on a dresser you can get a softer case. A soft case will protect your glasses from dust and perhaps the occasional fall off the counter.
Not On Your Head
If you are prone to taking your glasses on and off do not store them on your head. Use a chain on your glasses and wear them around your neck. Pushing them up on your head can stretch out the arms and distort the frames.
Stay Out of the Sun
If you use a pair of glasses to protect your eyes from the sun or help you see the road signs but you take them off when you get where you are going do not leave the glasses on the dashboard of the car. The sun can heat the plastic of the frames and distort the shape. Place your glasses in a hard case and keep them in the glove box or centre console.
When you take care of your glasses you should have them for as long as your prescription is up to date. If you like your frames all you will need are new lenses. Be sure that you are not looking through cracked spectacles.
Katie writes for Access Storage, the storage experts in Adelaide with three locations in the northern suburbs.