Care of Eyeglasses – Do’s and Don’t’s

You invest a lot of time and money in the right pair of glasses. Not only do they allow you to see the world clearly, but they also are a prominent fashion accessory. Wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to make your glasses last as long as possible? Read the tips below on how to take proper care of your glasses.

Eyeglasses-care don’ts

  • Don’t wipe lenses when they’re dry. Any debris on their surface or dust in the cleaning cloth could cause scratches.
  • Don’t wipe lenses with a tissue, paper towel, or paper napkin. They can have a rough surface.
  • Don’t use bleach, vinegar, or window cleaner, which can harm lenses and their coatings. (Most lenses are now coated, usually with an anti-scratch or anti-reflective layer.)
  • Don’t put unprotected glasses in a purse, pocket, or bag.
  • Don’t remove glasses from your face using one hand; this risks damage to the joints of the frame on one side.
  • Don’t regularly place glasses on a sink or vanity top. Spatter, sprays, and cosmetics can soil lenses, and hair spray or perfume can damage anti-reflective coating.
  • Don’t leave glasses in a hot car. Especially avoid the top of the dashboard. The windshield will act like a magnifying lens and extreme heat can cause the lenses to fracture and crack.

Eyeglasses-care do’s

  • Do clean lenses regularly with warm water and a drop of dish detergent, then dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth, like a handkerchief, or a microfiber cloth.
  • Do use a hard-shell case that is the right size for your glasses.
  • Do lay glasses down with their lenses facing upward.
  • Do use both hands to put glasses on and take them off, and keep glasses on your nose. Poor handling can cause frames to become misaligned. Even clean lenses are less than effective if they aren’t positioned properly in front of the eyes.