How to Maintain Eyeglasses Frames

Protecting and maintaining your Eyeglasses frames are as important as selecting a pair of right glasses, your glasses are designed to correct you vision based on being held firmly in a fixed, stable position in front of your eyes. So when it comes to our eyeglasses frames, it’s pretty easy to see why frame protection and maintenance is so important.

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Many of us don’t realize how critical proper eyeglasses frame alignment really is. But it’s why our eye care professional checks and double checks the position of our eyeglass frames in relation to face shape and size. The correct part of the lens needs to align properly in front of the eye for ideal vision correction.

The most comment idea when caring of glasses is using glasses cloth, however there are more details of caring your glasses. So AndGlasses comes up some tried-and-true ways to help you better understanding.

Cleaning!

Purchase a microfiber optical cleaning cloth. These are generally available at optometrists, chemists and supermarkets for a few dollars. To clean them, hold your glasses firmly in one hand. Rinse the glasses with clean water to remove any dust or dirt particles. Take the cloth in your preferred hand and gently rub both sides of each lenses until you can see no smudges. Breathe on them gently so that you can see any spots you missed in the fog, and wipe them quickly, before it evaporates. Never use the following:

  • Clothing – dirt trapped in the fibers can scratch the lenses
  • Paper towels or tissues – these fibers scratch lenses
  • A dirty microfiber cloth – when you’re not using the microfiber cloth, put it in the eyeglass case; if it collects dust, it’ll scratch the lenses, rather than clean them

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Handle With Care!

To avoid twisting or misaligning your frames, eyecare professionals suggest using both hands when putting on and taking off your glasses or sunglasses.

  • To put them on: Gently grasp the frame arms of your glasses with equal pressure and carefully slide them on, lifting them over your ears.
  • To take them off: Reverse this process using the same gentle grip. Just tip them up and slide them slowly forward. This may seem elementary, but just remember we told you so the next time you whip your glasses off like you’re Clark Kent running into a phone booth.

Folding!

Most eyeglass frames are designed folding from left arm then right arm, if you star folding from right first; it will cause your frames twisting or misaligning, and not comfortable when you wearing them.

When you’re not wearing! 

When you take your glasses off, make sure facing up to avoid lenses scratching and lens coating damage. Put them in the case when you are not wearing to keep them from getting scratched. The best ones are the ones that open and close, rather than the ones you slide the glasses into. Even the act of slipping them in can rub against the lenses and cause minute scratches, which your eyes perceive as haze. Any particles, scratches, or tiny hairline fissures will make it harder for you to see perfectly through your glasses, especially at night or in darkened rooms (light will travel along those scratches, creating halos and prisms). If you aren’t putting them in a case, at least make sure the lenses are up, away from any surfaces.

Rinsing!

Always rinse your glasses off with water before wiping or cleaning them. Even tiny particles of dust or dirt can settle on your lens, and if you wipe those around on a dry lens, it can be abrasive. If you’re going to use a chemical, use sprays or cleansers that are specifically made to clean eyeglass lenses. Never use household cleaners like Windex, because these chemicals contain ammonia, which will actually tear off the any coating that is on the lens. If you can, allow your glasses to air dry. This is another great way to keep any materials from getting on to your lens. If you can’t set them down to air dry, wipe them down with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth.

Avoid heat!

If left glasses under high temperature condition or exposed under the blazing sun for quite a long time, it might cause the frame color fading, lenses coating damage. For example plastic frames need to avoid thermal deformation under heat conditions., Polycarbonate lenses might have Heating expansion.

Buy an eyeglass repair kit!

These are available at the counter of some markets, major drugstores, eyeglass vendors, and optometrists’ offices. Sometimes the screws that hold the arms on can come loose, which prevents the arm from ‘gripping’ the sides of your head as well. You can either get a tiny screwdriver and tighten them yourself, or visit your optometrist and have them do it for you.

Have them adjusted once or twice per year!. 

When was the last time you actually took a good look at your frames? Periodically check your eyeglass frames to see if they are misaligned, and to test for loose screws in the frame arms. If the eyeglass frame looks twisted, or if your lenses seem to ride uneven on your nose, then it’s time to drop in on your eye care professional for a (typically free) adjustment. The optical technician will examine them for wear and tear, tighten any loose screws, check the fit again, just as if it were the day you bought them and make them just like new. Any replacement parts needed are usually supplied for free, too, or for a nominal charge. Often, any optical dispensing place will do this for free whether you bought them there or not.

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Post time: 09-23-2015