Patient Education

Eyeglass Care & Advice

Eyeglasses are sometimes affordable in cost, however there are some that cost over $500 dollars, which is an investment that all consumers what to make last and stretch as far as they can. This section provides lots of tips and advice on caring for eyeglasses provided by everyday people who have experienced certain problems, and opticians who are trained in many aspects relating to eyeglasses.

Caring for Eyeglasses Frames

Keep in a case - Keeping eye wear in a protective case is the best way to protect them when not in use.

When not in use, fold - Eyeglasses, when not in use and there is no case, should be folded so that it is harder to break off one side through accidents.

Clean the frames - Eyeglass frames can get dirty through oils and debris, especially metallic ones which have green oxidation substances, and should be cleaned at least once a month. All it takes is a cleaning wipe along the frames and under the nose guards.

Fix it - Eyeglass frames have hinges on both sides and on the nose guards that may become loose or fall out. Screw these in using eyeglass kits that can be purchased at most retail and convenient stores.

Take it to an Optician - Opticians are trained to maintain eyeglasses and can help with many frame issues.

Hinges with no screw - For a quick fix for a lost screw at any of the hinges, use a small wire to tie it up. This should hold until it can be fixed.

Look for deals - Having a spare makes great sense, and eye wear retailers often have two for one deals, replacement discounts or warranties, and other specials.

Reuse old frames - People who have changes in vision have a new prescription that requires different lenses, but often times the same frames can be used. This can cut the cost of eyeglasses dramatically.

Donate frames - For consumers who are looking for totally new eyeglass frames, donate the old ones to charitable organizations like OneSight and the Lions Club International.

Caring for Eyeglass Lenses

Eyeglass Cases - Eyeglass cases are lens lifesavers from breakage and scratches, so keep eye wear in cases at all times when not in use.

Do not touch Lenses - The lenses should not be touched when holding the eyeglasses, because it causes smudges and adds dirt. Always touch the frames instead.

Better lenses - Invest in better lenses, especially for active consumers like kids, that are more scratch resistance and durable. Polycarbonate and hi-index eyeglass lenses are good options.

Scratch Resistant Coating - Scratch resistant coating is not a guarantee against scratches, but can help prevent scratches from appearing on eyeglass lenses that are dropped or have been rubbed against a harsh material.

Cleaning Eyeglass Lenses - Use the eyeglass lenses wiping cloth that comes with most new eyeglasses, or invest in lens wipes to clean off dirt and smudges. Consumers will see immediate clarity when cleaning dirty lenses.

No Scratch Repair Kit - Scratch repair kits do not work effectively to remove big, vision changing scratches on eyeglass lenses, but can instead cause vision changes on the lenses.

Visit an Optician - Opticians have knowledge in eyeglass lens design, and can possibly buffer out small scratches. Some retail stores may order one replacement lens for the consumer.


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