It may seem like eyeglasses are fairly simple when it comes to caring for them and cleaning them, especially in comparison to caring for contact lenses. But if you only wear eyeglasses, it is just as important to make sure they are well taken care of. Keep in mind that your prescription glasses can be quite an investment as well, so it’s important to protect them and your wallet. With scratched, bent, chipped, or even broken eyeglasses, you won’t be able to see as clearly — it’s as clear as that!

If you haven’t had an eye exam with a local Alexandria ophthalmologist in at least a year, it may be time to get an updated prescription. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sina J. Sabet and his team today to get the best eye care, treatment, and affordable eyeglasses and contacts.

Don’ts of Eyeglasses

It can be easy for anyone who has lived with eyeglasses for a long time to develop certain habits that can have negative consequences on the condition of the glasses. Here are some things you should avoid doing to make sure that your glasses will last and look great.

  • Don’t Wipe Lenses When They’re Dry: Dust or other particles on the lenses could scratch the surface.
  • Don’t Wipe With the Wrong Material: Even though the most convenient thing to do is to clean the lenses with whatever shirt you’re wearing at the moment, it’s not the most effective. You should also avoid cleaning your lenses with tissue, paper towel, or paper napkins. These materials sometimes have rough surfaces that could scratch the surface.
  • Don’t Use the Wrong Liquid: Avoid using bleach, vinegar, or window cleaner to clean your lenses. These liquids contain chemicals that can damage the surface of the lenses or the anti-reflective coating, if your lenses have that.
  • Don’t Spit: It may be a convenient cleaning solution, but your saliva may contain oil or other substances that can damage the surface of the lenses. You may have also tried breathing onto your lens to create a fog in order to wet them; this should also be avoided as it doesn’t get them wet enough.
  • Don’t Put Your Glasses in Your Purse: Some patients may not need to wear their eyeglasses 100% of the time, but when they are not on your face, they should not be put in a purse, pocket, or bag. There may be other objects, dust, or debris that could damage the lenses.
  • Don’t Put Glasses on the Sink or Vanity: This is especially important if you frequently use sprays, such as dry shampoo, hair spray, or perfume. These things can wear out the anti-reflective coating. When glasses are placed on a counter, they are also more at risk of being knocked off.
  • Don’t Leave Glasses in a Hot Car: Leaving your glasses on the dashboard is especially dangerous as the windshield can act as a magnifying glass.
  • Don’t Put Glasses on Your Head: Sliding your glasses up onto your head can warp the shape of the glasses over time. There is also an increased risk of them falling off.

Dos of Eyeglasses

When it comes to caring for your eyeglasses, a lot of it is how you clean them and how they are stored. Here are some tips to make sure your glasses are as good as new for as long as possible.

  • Properly Clean Your Glasses: To prevent scratching, the lenses should be cleaned in a certain way:

    • Make sure your hands are clean before handling your glasses or lenses.
    • Rinse the glasses with lukewarm (not hot) tap water to remove dust or debris.
    • Apply a tiny drop of dish detergent to the lense or to your finger. Use a soap that doesn’t contain any lotion.
    • Gently rub the lenses, the frames, the nose pads, the part of the glasses that rests on your ears, as well as where the lens and the frames meet.
    • Thoroughly rinse the soap from the lenses and frames.
    • Carefully dry the glasses with a clean, freshly laundered cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth. Choosing a clean cloth is important as any dust or debris caught in the fibers can scratch the lenses.
    • Inspect the lenses and frames for any remaining smudges or streaks and use a lint-free microfiber cloth to remove them.
  • Use a Hard-Shell Case: Store your glasses in a hard case that is the right size for your glasses. Keep a thin microfiber cloth inside the case for protection.
  • Lay Glasses Lens Up: When you do put your glasses down, make sure the lenses are facing upward.
  • Use Both Hands: When taking your glasses off or putting them on, use both hands to protect the shape of the frames. When the lenses aren’t properly aligned in front of your eyes, they won’t work properly.

If you have any questions about caring for your eyeglasses, get in touch with the ophthalmologist Dr. Sina J. Sabet in Alexandria. Our team will make sure you have a pair of glasses that you love!