If you’ve worn glasses for a while, you know how frustrating scratches can be. Even a tiny scratch on your lens can interfere with your vision. Especially if you’re someone who wears your glasses all day every day, a scratch can be maddening. Your glasses are your windows to the world, and you deserve clean and flawless lenses. Scroll down to learn how to protect glasses from scratches.
How to Protect Glasses from Scratches
Use a protective case.
Whenever possible, place your glasses (or sunglasses!) in a sturdy protective case with a soft inner lining when you’re not wearing them. Of course, this won’t always be possible. But to increase the odds that your glasses will always have a safe home to rest in when you’re not wearing them, consider purchasing multiple protective cases to keep in the places you most often remove your glasses (near your bed, at the office, in your purse/backpack, in your car, etc.).
Don’t set your glasses down just anywhere.
While it can be tempting to put your glasses down on the nearest surface, always remember that because glasses are thin and made of clear lenses, they’re not always easily spotted. If you set your glasses down on a cluttered table, the likelihood of someone accidentally knocking them off the table or setting something down on top of them is relatively high. So make sure that you place your glasses in a safe spot. For example, setting them down on a bookshelf or nightstand is often more sensible than a kitchen countertop or a cluttered coffee table. Try to be consistent and put them in the same spots every time.
Always set your glasses down carefully.
The safest position for resting glasses is with the temples open and the glasses upside down. In this position, they’re more stable. You could also fold them and place the temples down on the table so the lenses face upward. Never put glasses down with the lenses facing downward (unless you’re putting them into a protective case).
Handle your glasses by the arms (a.k.a. the temples).
Ideally, you should always remove your glasses by using both hands to grip the temples. Avoid handling them by the rims, so that your fingers aren’t near the lenses.
Clean your glasses regularly with a soft microfiber cloth and lens cleaner.
When your glasses get dirty, you might have a habit of cleaning them with whatever’s nearby: your shirt, a dishtowel, a napkin, etc. But these materials can be surprisingly abrasive, especially if they’re not truly clean themselves. So it’s important that you always clean your lenses with a soft microfiber cloth and a specialized lens-cleaning solution.
When buying new glasses, choose anti-scratch lenses.
These days, almost all glasses include a scratch-resistant lens coating. Sometimes anti-scratch lenses are included in the cost of the glasses, but other times it’s an additional add-on expense. In any case, everyone should invest in anti-scratch lenses for extra protection. This is a no-brainer! While it won’t make your lenses scratch-proof, it will reduce the likelihood of scratches.
Now that you know how to protect glasses from scratches, perhaps it’s time to treat yourself to some new frames! Stop by Heffington’s if you live in southwest Missouri. Since 1975, the Heffington family has been assisting the Springfield community with top-quality eye care and affordable eyeglasses and contacts. One of the unique features of our family-owned business is that we manufacture lenses at our own laboratory, giving us total control over the service and pricing, and we’re happy to pass our savings on to you. To learn more about our products and services, please get in touch with us online, send an e-mail to [email protected], or give us a call at 417-869-3937 (Optiland location) or 417-882-3937 (House of Vision location). We look forward to hearing from you!