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Tips for Caring for Your New Glasses

You’ve taken time to make sure your new pair of glasses look just right on your face. They match your face shape, highlight your features, and complement your coloring. 

Proper care keeps your glasses looking and functioning like new long after you’ve left the Valley Eye Professionals office in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. Here are our best tips for caring for your new glasses so they stay in the best shape possible and continue to help you look good and see clearly.

Wipe your glasses properly

Use a soft cleaning cloth designed for your lenses. Tissues, napkins, paper towels, and even some clothing can have a rough surface that may leave small scratches or a dusty film. Use a clean cotton cloth or microfiber instead.

Always wet your lenses prior to wiping them to rinse off dust or debris that could cause a scratch.

Use appropriate solutions

It may be tempting to spit on your glasses to wet them when you’re in a pinch, but saliva can contain oily compounds or other damaging elements. Ammonia, bleach, and window cleaners are also the wrong choice for cleaning eyewear as they can damage the coating on your lenses.

Warm water with a drop of dishwashing detergent is a perfect solution for cleaning your lenses. You could also opt for a product made especially for the job, and you can pick up a lens cleaning solution at Valley Eye Professionals.

Protect your lenses

Always place your glasses in a case before dropping them in your bag or pocket. This prevents them from coming up against rough objects that invite scratches or bends in the frame.

Protect your lenses even when you’re in the bathroom. If you place them on your sink or vanity top, they may get coated with hairspray, perfume, or other cosmetics — all of which could damage the lens coating.

Use a hard shell case — like the one that came with your frames — for briefcase, purse, or pocket storage. A microfiber sleeve is a great way to protect glasses when they’re on your nightstand or bathroom counter.

Keep them safe in the car

Never leave your glasses unprotected in a hot car. If you place your lenses on the dashboard, the heat can damage and fade the frame and also harm the lenses.

Handle glasses carefully

Always use both hands to put glasses on and take them off, and avoid pushing them up on top of your head. Proper handling keeps the frames aligned and prevents them from bending or warping. Never place your glasses on the surface of a counter or shelf with the lens facing down — place them lens up, or you risk a serious scratch.

Clean them at least once a day

Clean glasses mean you see clearly and don’t need to squint through smudges and smears. This optimizes their function and helps prevent eye strain. When cleaning them, hold your glasses using the bridge that lays across your nose. This minimizes the chance of breaking or bending the frames.

At Valley Eye Professionals, we offer an exceptional selection of frames to complement your expertly prescribed lenses. Choose from some of the latest and designer eyewear styles. Make an appointment for an eye exam, or bring in your existing prescription so we can help you find the right frames.

Call the office today, or use our online appointment request tool.

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