Four Simple Ways to Keep Your Lenses Damage-Free

Cleaning Glasses

This is the 2nd of a series of blog posts that shows you how to Maximize the Lifespan of Your Eyewear. Here are four (4) simple and proven ways to protect your valuable eyewear investment.

  1. On Your Face, In the Case Keep your glasses on your face or in the protective case. This will keep your frames and lenses free from dirt, grime and grit and the family pet. Also, if you inadvertently drop your glasses, they’ll be protected too. Also, remember to remove your glasses when watching TV or reading in bed before you drop off to sleep.
  2. Have an EyeWear Case for Home and the Office If you have a cases in several locations, then you’re more likely to use them. If you’re worried about losing your glasses - and some people are - an ingenious solution is to add a “Tile Tracker” ($25) to the case, and then you can find it with your smartphone!
  3. Keep your Glasses Out of the Heat Heat and humidity can really damage your glasses, so it’s best to keep them out of the heat. When the lenses experience a sudden blast of heat (i.e., (e.g. opening the oven door, getting too close to a fireplace, opening the dishwasher; glasses on car dashboard or seat), they can be affected by thermal shock or “crazing”. This causes the lens, the UV and anti-glare coatings coatings to expand and contract at different rates from the plastic lenses themselves, causing tiny little fractures to appear in your lenses. Your lenses will appear to be scratched, have that cloudy effect, and this will ruin your vision quality, not to mention the fabulous look of your glasses.
  4. Rub-A-Dub Dub Use your your fingers to rub cleaning solution into both sides of your lenses - before drying them with a cleaning cloth. This way, you’ll be sure not to rub grit or dirt into the lenses, and allow the cleaning solution to break down the oil resting on the lens surface. You’ll have cleaner lenses - and you won’t unintentionally scratch them! Under no circumstances do you use the corner of your T-shirt to clean your lenses; all you are doing is grinding fine particles into the lenses and ruining the coatings.