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Caring for spectacles:

Spectacles are like anything in the world.  They can be broken in a second due to accidents.  They can also be weakened over time due to wear and tear, mishandling by the wearers and/or other people around without being noticed; then they break suddenly while the wearers are wearing them due to a little bit of stretching force.  There are no spectacles which break by themselves!

Breaking glasses can be frustrating and expensive. While Glory Eyecare Optometrists has a fabulous scheme* to take the worry out of glasses ownership, talk to us about this scheme if you are interested.  Breaking your glasses is never a fun experience.  Here are some tips to help you prevent your glasses from breaking!

Take spectacles off; don’t pull them off.

  • Pulling glasses off your face using one side of the frame can bend the frame and wear out the screws and hinges.  Always hold your glasses with both hands when putting on and taking off.

  • Never put your glasses down on lens side.

 

Clean dirty lenses and frame.

  • Remove any abrasive particles, dust or dirt by rinsing them under room temperature tap water and clean with mild lotion-free and  moisturiser-free dishwashing liquid or using a quality lens spray (not any solvents). 

  • Dry your lenses with a soft and clean lens microfibre cloth. 

  • Hand-wash your microfibre cloth frequently with mild lotion-free and  moisturiser-free dishwashing liquid and clean water without fabric softener; allow the cloth air dry. 

  • Do not use paper and dish towels to clean the lenses.

Avoid smudge of lenses.

  • Wash your hands to remove dirt, grease, natural oil of fingers before handling your glasses.

  • Do not touches the lenses while putting on or adjusting glasses.  Gripping the frames only and never push directly on the lenses.

  • Remove or protect your glasses while cooking on a stove.  Put a lid over the pot.  Clean the glasses as soon as possible if they have been smudged by grease.  

  • Prevent oils from your face, hair and eyelashes from smudging your lenses.  Wash your face regularly.  Pin your bangs back.  

  • Protect your lenses from inclement weather.  Take off your glasses in a windy, rainy and dusty weather.  

  • Take your glasses off before going to sleep or rest to avoid oil from your face and pillow.

  • Prevent your makeup from smudging your glasses.  Clean off the makeup from the spots of contact on the bridge of your nose, clean your glasses and gently scrub your nose pads.  Avoid eye and face cosmetics which might touch and smudge the lenses.

  • Our quality lens sprays are able to minimise the smudging of lenses for a period of time after each application.

Keep them in a case when they’re not on your face.

  • Always keep your glasses in a spectacle case when they are not being used to avoid damage caused by you, other people, pets or seat belt.

  • If you have a habit of misplacing your glasses case, buy several and keep them in areas where you are likely to put your glasses down (your desk, your nightstand, your bathroom sink).  Glasses cases are much less expensive than the glasses themselves! 

  • Hanging glasses on the front collar of shirt, putting them in the pocket or keeping them on top of your head can stretch the frames, damage hinges, nose pads, cause lens scratches, fitting problems and the frames will break easier.

 

Check your seat before you sit.

  • Many glasses breakages are a result of being sat on.  Look before you sit on a couch, recliner, or vehicle seat, and you may save yourself from having to buy a new pair of frames.

Beat the heat and avoid the cold.

  • Extreme temperatures can weaken the frame and lenses, and make it more susceptible to damage.  Don’t leave your glasses in your car on hot summer days and cold winter nights.

  • Never expose your glasses to temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius, such as hot water, vapour from cooking or BBQ.

 

Loose screws are not allowed! 

  • Keep a small screwdriver on hand and periodically tighten the screws on your frames to give your frames longer life.  Keeping the screws tight also improves the fit of your glasses!

  • Regularly checking the screws, especially the rim screws, to see whether they are coming out.

Change your frames to fit your game. 

  • If you workout often or play sports and must wear glasses while doing so, consider purchasing a pair of sports eyewear.  These glasses are designed specifically for sports and protect your eyes as well as resist impact. 

  • If you don’t play sports but consistently break your glasses, look into frames made out of memory materials.  These frames are made out of a material and/or design that can be bent and twisted but pop back into shape! 

  • Especially for children, try to avoid wearing glasses for sport, playing or anytime that they might break or lose their glasses.  Contact lenses, orthokeratology and sport eyewear are the best options.  Talk to our optometrist about these options if you are interested.