How to Take Care of Your Glasses To Make Them Last

Glasses with cleaning cloth

I have my glasses.  Now, how do I take care of them?  We know you paid quite a bit to get a quality pair so we want to make sure you know how to make them last.  In this post we’ll answer some common care questions and give some general care instructions:

Create a ritual around cleaning your glasses:

– Run them under water to wash off dust, dirt, oil, and debris; pat frames dry using soft cloth.
– Polish the lenses using gentle circular motions with a clean, microfiber cloth.
– Wash your used microfiber cloth without fabric softener to maintain its efficacy.

Don’t leave your frames in direct light or in excessively warm places, like your glovebox.

Bring your frames back to Westlake Hills Vision Center for tune-ups and adjustments, as necessary. Regular alignment and maintenance go a long way to prolonging the lifespan of your frames.

Now for some commonly asked questions.

Why do my lenses scratch even with “scratch-resistant” coatings?

            Modern-day ophthalmic lenses are made of thinner, lighter plastic materials such as trivex. Scratch-resistant coatings are applied to these plastic lenses to prevent minor wear-and-tear, as well as add anti-reflective properties to the lens. While they do help protect the lenses, these coatings aren’t completely scratch proof – that technology doesn’t exist yet. If a pair of glasses is properly taken care of, these coatings should last for the duration of the prescription; keep your frames in a sturdy case when not in use, clean them regularly with warm, soapy water, and dry them with a clean, lint-free cloth.

What is lens crazing?

            Crazing is the breaking down or deterioration of the coatings on a lens. This happens when the plastic lens expands and contracts when placed in extreme weather conditions, such as heat and cold. Wearing your glasses at the beach for a day won’t cause crazing, but leaving your glasses in your glovebox can!

What products are acceptable to clean my lenses with?

            We recommend only using warm, soapy water to clean your lenses. Not only does the water help rinse off debris, the soap helps cut through oil and grease. Spray lens cleaners work great on the go when you don’t have a sink available. Just make sure there is no sand, dirt, or debris on the lens before you wipe, or you could invertedly grind the debris into the lens, causing scratches. Never use alcohol, acetone, or Windex on your lenses.

Can I use anti-fog wipes on my glasses?

            Mask usage has caused quite the headache for glasses wearers. Anti-fog wipes are a great short-term solution to lens fog issues. We don’t recommend daily usage as the paper material can scratch lens coatings with continual use.

Why do lenses turn yellow?

            Exposure to sunlight can cause chemicals in the plastic lenses to create a slight yellowing in older lenses. A natural oxidation of the plastic after many years can also be the cause.

What is the best way to clean makeup/sunscreen off my glasses?

            We swear by the simple solution of Dawn dish soap and warm water. A drop of soap on each lens can be massaged in and will break down most oil-based cosmetic products. Rinse the glasses thoroughly and allow to dry overnight or gently pat dry with a soft cloth. Don’t use anything textured to wipe your lenses as this can cause scratching.

I went to the beach and my glasses are covered in sand. What should I do to prevent scratching my lenses?

            It is always best to rinse away all dirt and debris with water before trying to wipe anything off your lenses. Sand can scratch the lenses if you just take a lens cloth and wipe the lenses with it directly.

We hope this helped. If you have more specific questions,we are here to help. You can call/text us at 512-651-5186 or email optical@westlakehillsvision.com

Dr. Susan Elizondo

Dr. Susan Elizondo

Dr. Susan Elizondo has been practicing optometry for 10 years, and proudly took ownership of Westlake Hills Vision Center in 2019. She has a passion for nutrition and practices a plant based approach to health and healing.

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