Five tips to maintain your glasses and sunglasses
As an essential part of everyday life for some 69% of the UK population, glasses require care if they are to last. Similarly, sunglasses are both a fashion accessory for the summer months, and a way to prevent harmful UV rays from entering our eyes.
When it comes to maintenance, many of us assume a quick clean with the microfibre cloth provided is enough, but if you really want your lenses and frames to stay in peak condition, there’s lots more you can do. Here are some top tips for eyewear maintenance.
Rinse with water
It’s all too easy to reach for the hem of your T-shirt to wipe dust from your lenses. Unfortunately, doing this can cause more harm than good. Wiping glasses while they’re dry can cause minute particles to run across the lenses and cause abrasion, and if you’ve invested in designer sunglasses, that’s the last thing you want.
Instead, rinse glasses with water before wiping. This ensures the dust particles are swept away from the surface of the lenses. You should also make sure you use the right cloth; napkins, tissues or paper towels are too coarse and may cause scratches, whereas microfibre cloths are softer and protect the lenses when you wipe.
When you’re in a hurry, you can find yourself throwing your frames into your bag without a second thought, but this increases the risk of scratches. Instead, ensure you store your eyewear in a case or a specially designed cloth bag to keep them clean, unharmed, and in shape.
Avoid excessive heat
In the summer, you are likely to be carrying your eyewear with you, which can lead to you leaving them in direct sunlight – in your car, for example. Excessive heat can cause frames to warp and the lenses to crack, leaving you without glasses at all. Remember to put them away in shady spaces, or carry a case with you to prevent heat damage.
Routine maintenance helps to ensure your glasses fit properly and remain in good condition. One way to ensure the frames don’t become loose and fall off is to periodically tighten the screws. If you require any additional adjustments, you can always pop into our Kensington opticians to get them sorted.
Keep them away from chemicals
Glasses and sunglasses can be easily damaged by the everyday chemicals we use in our homes, such as ammonia, vinegar and window cleaner. When you are wearing your glasses, try not to let such products come into contact with them as they may wear away the lens coatings or even corrode the glass itself.
At The Eye Establishment we supply a range of high-quality, durable frames and lenses for those who are looking for new glasses or want to buy sunglasses online. With a selection from the world’s best brands, made with expertise and precision, we can match you to the perfect eyewear. Contact us today to learn more.