Your prescription eyewear help you navigate your everyday activities. Like contact lenses, eyeglasses require some love and care, if you expect them to last a long time. The Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children shares some eyewear do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind.
DO: Use the Cleaning Cloth That Came With Your Glasses
Your glasses came with a microfiber cloth that’s designed for wiping the lenses. Even the smallest particles can cause minute scratches on the glasses if a rough cloth is used, such as the hem of your shirt, or even a handkerchief. It generally is a good idea to ask your optometrist if they sell spares, or you can simply buy more microfiber cleaning cloths. Keep a few in your bag, in your car, your office desk drawer and your bed stand.
DON’T: Use Tissue or Paper Towels for Cleaning the Lenses
Just because the tissue paper is labeled as “soft” doesn’t mean it’s suitable for eyeglasses. Paper towels are even rougher so using them is out of the question, unless you’re only cleaning the frames. Avoiding scratches is especially important if the lenses are made of plastic.
DO: Clean the Lenses Using Warm Water and a Drop of Dish Detergent
Every kind of eyewear, from sunglasses to ortho k lenses, have matching cleaning products available on the market. While there are cleaning fluids designed for prescription eyeglasses, their benefits are marginal compared to using warm water and a drop of dish detergent. This mild solution doesn’t harm lens coatings, dislodges dirt and debris, and doesn’t emit chemicals that may linger and harm your eyes. Do not let water droplets dry on the lenses, as it may leave water spots.
DON’T: Put Down Your Eyeglasses With the Lenses Facing Downwards
You’re risking scratching your eyeglasses by putting on any surface with the lenses facing downwards; any other position works fine. Also, don’t put your unprotected glasses in your pocket, purse, or bag. If your eyeglasses came with a carrying case, use it.
DO: Use Both Hands When Taking Your Glasses Off and Putting Them Back On
While using one hand to take off or put on your glasses can be convenient, it places unnecessary strain on the hinges, leading to bending or breaking. Instead, use both hands. This is ideal especially if your eyeglasses are a bit tight.
To learn more about eyewear care, or if you’re considering myopia treatments such as corneal reshaping therapy, the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children is here to help. Contact a local specialist in your area to schedule a consultation.