Make your eyeglasses last
You wake up in the morning and reach over to take your glasses out of their case, put them on and you find a big scratch on the lens! Chances are, that didn’t happen while you were sleeping. To a lot of us, eyeglasses are an important part of our every day living. It is important that they perform as well, and remain comfortable and clear as the first day you picked them up. Here are a few tips and tricks you can follow to get the most out of your eyewear purchase.
Eyeglasses that last begins with your actual purchase. The number one most important de- cision is to choose a reputable eyewear provider that has an excellent warranty policy. Ask questions to find out what is covered and for how long.
Another big consideration in the longevity of eyewear is the quality of materials. There are very big differences in some lens treatments, such as an anti-reflection treatment. Some of these products are a coating that easily peels and scratches so choose good quality treatments, such as Crizal. This treatment is applied in a special vacuum chamber so it actually becomes imbibed into the lens material, giving it superior resistance to scratches or peeling.
Also consider quality when looking at frames. Many frames are plastic these days, but if you are going the metal route, choose higher-quality materials such as titanium or stainless steel. Also take a close look at the type of hinge. Many companies are making their frames with better hinge designs or flexibility throughout the temple, rather than just at the hinge itself. In some cases, the brand indicates quality, but certainly not always. Your optician should be able to explain the difference of the various frame designs, brands and materials.
Take good care of your glasses! Remember that a scratch resistant treatment is just that ... resistant. There is no such thing as scratch proof. Your lenses are more likely to remain scratch-free if you wipe them when they are wet. Run them under the tap or use an eyeglass lens spray before wiping them with paper towel. If you wipe them dry when they happen to be quite dirty, regardless if you use your shirt or the special eyeglass cloth, the dirt will be pushed around and could scratch the lens. That cloth is intended to be only used for a smudge or fingerprint.
To keep your eyeglasses in good shape, you should also take them off and put them on with both hands, store them in the case when not being worn and protect them from extreme heat and chemicals.
It only takes good purchase choices and a little bit of care to ensure your eyeglasses will perform as well as the first day you picked them up. Eyesight is important to every day living.
It only takes a little bit of care to ensure your eyeglasses will perform as well as the first day you picked them up.