Person holding glasses correctly to avoid damaging eyewear

Getting glasses can be a game changer for your life. Not only are you getting your vision a boost, but you’re also adding an additional asset to your appearance. With that said, having eyewear requires some additional responsibility to ensure that they remain intact for a long time. Here are a few quick tips for proper glasses care:

Store them safely

While it is convenient to have your glasses out in the open ready to be used in a moment’s notice – especially for reading – they are also prone to dirt and dust throughout the day. When your glasses are not in use, store them in a sturdy case or microfiber pouches to keep the lenses clean.

Clean gently

It’s recommended that you clean your lenses at least once a day to keep them clear and prevent scratches. It’s tempting to use your shirttail, but doing so while your lenses are dry could damage them. Instead, you should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning
  • Use a small amount of dishwashing liquid or approved cleaner
  • Gently rub the lens and frames under cool or lukewarm water
  • Dry with a lint-free towel or a microfiber cleaning cloth

Handle delicately

Your glasses are not only your tool for seeing the world around you, they are also a financial investment. They will last longer if you use both hands to move them around, gripping both arms close to the lens for stability. Princess Smith, a CEENTA optician at our Huntersville office, provides wise advice as someone who teaches new and current eyewear users to care for their purchase. "Avoid placing them on top of your head as this could widen the frames. If you constantly use them on and off throughout the day, install a glasses cord to the end so that they are easily within reach."

Protect during activities

A vision boost can be very helpful for athletes of all ages. Depending on what sport you or your child are participating in, the risk of damaging your glasses could increase. It’s advised not to wear eyewear during close contact sports like basketball or football in favor of contact lenses. If glasses are still the preference, consider using protective goggles over your glasses to maintain your eyesight while preventing any damage from impact.

Eyewear can open up a whole new world of sights to you, but they need to be treated with care. As Optician Princess Smith says to all eyewear users, "Proper wear and care are essential to protecting your investment." Whether you’re looking for your first pair or fifth pair of glasses, schedule your next eye appointment with CEENTA. Our optical shops are available for you to use your existing or updated prescriptions to find the glasses that fit your needs. Schedule online with a CEENTA ophthalmologist for your best pair of eyewear yet.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our eye doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.


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